Your options and their effectiveness
Extra fat in the neck is one of the most common complaints of both women and men. The fatty deposits that can make it difficult to wear certain necklines or uncomfortable to button a dress shirt can be due to being overweight. However, a full neck is just as often a product of our genes, meaning it runs in your family. And, while neck fat often becomes a problem as we age, it also can be bothersome for people as young as in their 30s.
Whatever the reason for the fullness, there are several options for getting rid of neck fat. Among the most popular procedures are the following, according to facial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, located in Cincinnati OH, who has 30+ years of experience specializing in rejuvenation of just the face and neck area.
This simple procedure is performed under strictly local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes. Dr. Smyth makes a small incision discretely hidden under the chin where no one can see it. He then uses a tiny canula to remove the excess fat from that area. Patients feel no pain or discomfort and avoid the risks and recovery associated with general anesthesia. After the procedure, patients leave with a small bandage over the tiny incision and are asked to wear a bandage wrap that goes under their chin and up over the top of their head for 24 hours post-op.
Some patients may experience a bit of bruising after their procedure, but most go back to work and resume activities within two days post-procedure. Submental liposuction delivers immediate results that last six to 10 years, provided the patient maintains a fairly steady weight over that period of time.
Submental liposuction can be performed by itself or in combination with a Timeless Lift™, the minimally invasive neck lift/lower facelift that targets loose skin in the lower face, jowls and neck, and that gently lifts the face, neck and jawline to an entirely natural but younger look for the patient.
This double-chin-reducing procedure involves injecting a fat-dissolving prescription substance (deoxycholic acid) into the fatty deposits of the neck. The acid dissolves the fat around the area of injection. Treatment is customized to the needs of each patient and their desired results. Most patients need three to four treatments, with several dozen injections per treatment. The destroyed fat cells can no longer store fat. However, future fluctuations in weight gain will result in the development of new fat cells in the chin area. As such, it is important for patients to maintain a steady weight if they expect long lasting results from Kybella treatment.
Check out the before and after photos of actual Kybella patients on the KYBELLA website. You will see some patients receiving better results than others in terms of how much fullness is actually eliminated. Typically speaking, younger patients whose skin is still resilient will have better results with KYBELLA than older patients whose skin is showing signs of laxity.
CoolSculpting is fat-freezing technology that uses a machine to suction and reduce fat from under the chin. CoolSculpting results can take weeks to months to appear, and most patients require more than one treatment. CoolSculpting may need to be repeated every few years, depending upon the patient, their general health, weight, etc.
NOTE––All facial cosmetic surgical procedures performed by Dr. Smyth are done with the patient having strictly local anesthesia along with a small amount of relaxation medication. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout their procedure and are spared the risks and longer healing time associated with general anesthesia.
Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.