The cost of neck liposuction will vary according to the usual factors affecting the general costs of lipousction – the surgeon’s fees, the facility fee, medication, etc.
However, since the neck is one of the smaller areas on which lipo is performed, the costs are considerably lower than for other areas such as the thighs or abdomen.
If only the neck area is being sculpted, an average cost of about $2,500 can be expected. This includes anesthesia costs, which start at about $500 per surgery, and facility or hospital fees, which begin at around $600.
The cost of neck liposuction essentially varies by region, as well – New England plastic surgeons charge as much as $600 more per comparable surgery than those in south central states.
Smart Lipo, which requires additional equipment, usually also costs more. Liposuction is regarded by insurance companies as elective and is therefore not covered by health plans.
However, almost all plastic surgeons offer 0% financing to qualified patients.
Neck liposuction can do a lot to boost an individual’s feelings of confidence and youth. The neck and jaw line area is one of the first things people notice and, with sagging skin or wrinkles, one of the strongest indicators of overall age.
However, neck lipo isn’t for everyone. Only young skin with a good deal of elasticity can recover fully from being effectively emptied of its fat.
Mature skin that has been stretched with excess fat may hang loose after neck lipo is performed. In these cases, additional surgery is required to pull the skin taut.
A good, experienced plastic surgeon is able to discern during the initial interview and examination process if a simple neck lipo procedure will be appropriate to a particular patient’s needs.
As with any plastic surgery, results should be noticeable, but subtle – the results give a refreshed look to the patient, not a radically different one.
Risks and Safety
Liposuction in general, especially that limited to a small area such as the neck, has become increasingly safe in recent years.
Neck lipo in particular is regarded as safe, since only a small area of the body is being treated. Most complications related to liposuction happen when a very large area of the body is being treated, or when an extreme amount of fat is being removed during one surgery.
For instance, all liposuction treatments in which over 4 liters of fat is removed require the patient to undergo a blood transfusion. Neck lipo never requires such drastic steps.
The most important factor in liposuction safety is the experience of the surgeon, who should be board-certified and offer prospective patients references from prior clients.
Pain, Discomfort, and Anesthesia
New, less-invasive techniques, like tumescent lipo, allow surgeons to perform liposuction with only local anesthesia.
“Tumescent” means swollen and firm, and during this procedure the surgeon swells the area to be treated with a diluted mixture containing the local anesthetic Lidocaine.
No general anesthesia is needed, and blood loss is no more than what a regular general lab test requires. Stiffness, numbness, soreness and swelling regularly occur for around 2 weeks after surgery.
Most patients say that while recovery is painful, it is bearable and feels worth it. Over-the-counter analgesics may be used to further alleviate any pain.
Neck Liposuction Recovery
Surgeons recommend that neck liposuction patients wear an elastic compression collar around the neck and jaw line area for up to 6 weeks after surgery, only removing the device to eat at first.
As recovery progresses, the collar may be removed for longer stretches, eventually only being worn for a couple of hours a day.
The collar is required because after liposuction remaining fat doesn’t know where to go and without support it tends to settle wherever gravity leads it.
Recovery time may be improved with regular massage, especially lymph massage, which aids the draining process in sensitive areas like the neck that are prone to swelling.
Scarring from neck lipo is little to none.
How Long Do Neck Liposuction Results Last?
Because liposuction removes excess fat, which is replaceable in the body, its effects are not usually permanent. A person who eats more calories than he or she is burning through activity will inevitably regain some fat stores on the body.
The neck and jaw line areas are exceptions, as the appearance of a fatty neck is partially hereditary. In general, results from plastic surgery last about 10 years.
Alternatives to Neck Lipo
A person who wants to improve the appearance of his or her neck without surgery can try a new noninvasive laser procedure, which uses targeted wavelengths to melt neck fat and tighten skin.
Neck exercises can also be helpful at tightening the muscles, which often lift the attached skin as they tone. Expensive creams and lotions have limited effectiveness, but may improve the skin’s health.