Dr. Stephen Schendel
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Neck Liposuction in Palo Alto, CA

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Liposuction of the neck is a procedure that is used to surgically remove excess pockets of fat from the neck. It can help improve a “double chin” appearance that sometimes exists where fat has collected. Menlo Park facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Schendel, uses liposuction in this area to help patients achieve a sleeker, more defined neck. Individuals with loose skin may be candidates for a neck lift. This is generally the case for weight loss patients where sagging skin exists due to the weight loss. In addition, patients born with limited bone support may want to consider a chin implant or genioplasty. Dr. Schendel will assess the chin and neck and create a surgical plan that will produce the best outcome.

Surgical Technique

During liposuction, a small incision will be made just below the chin and excess fat will be removed from the neck through a cannula. Most surgeons prefer to use the tumescent (“superwet”) liposuction technique. During this approach, a liquid made up of saline, a numbing agent and a substance that controls bleeding will be injected. This procedure may be a stand-alone procedure but, in most cases, it used in unison with the neck lift. 

Neck Lift

Once the fat has been removed from the neck, incisions are made under the chin and near the ears to allow the surgeon access to the neck muscles. At this time, the muscles will be pulled tight and the overlying skin will be stretched and re-draped over the neck so the desired definition and contour is attained. A drain may be placed under the skin to help collect fluid and blood, but this drain is usually removed within 24-48 hours. If a combination procedure is taking place, such as a facelift, the neck lift will most likely occur after the facelift has been completed.

During/After Surgery

All neck liposuction procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. Following surgery, patients will wear a compression garment to control swelling. Patients who have a combined surgery of neck liposuction plus a lift will have a longer recovery period. During the first follow-up visit, when all bandages are removed, patients will be able to see the results immediately.

Expected Cost

The cost for neck liposuction will vary. On average, patients can expect to pay between $2,500-$4,500 with additional cost if any accompanying surgeries took place.

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Average Cost  
$2,500 - $4,500
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
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Neck Liposuction FAQ’s

Will I Have a Scar?

Scarring with liposuction is very minimal. The incisions will range from keyhole punch marks to very small lines and usually are not an issue with this procedure.

Small Amounts of Fat?

Liposuction removes both small and large amounts of fat. Patients that have a small, yet distinct bulge residing just under the chin will benefit greatly from this procedure. The removal of this fatty bulge should be fairly straightforward. 

Does the Fat Come Back??

The fat cells removed during liposuction do not come back. However, patients that gain weight after surgery are at risk of regaining fat because the remaining cells left behind can expand and become larger. Patients that adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after their surgery.

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