The Typical Patient

  • Desire for a more youthful appearance.
  • Focusing on turkey neck with excess fat in the neck and jowls, sometimes in the cheeks as well.
  • Features of a big, thick neck, hanging jowls, and fat look to the face and neck.

The Procedure

  • Anesthesia can be completely local or local with sedation, or a very light general.
  • The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes.
  • The incisions are about 1/16th of an inch and are under the chin and behind each earlobe.
  • The procedure involves placing a dilute (tumescent) Novocain solution into the fatty areas and waiting about 30 minutes for this to take a nice effect. This advanced anesthetic technique virtually eliminates any pain during the procedure, post-operative pain, or bruising.
  • Small instruments connected to suction are then used to vacuum out the fat carefully and artistically.
  • No drains are used.
  • A light dressing and a gentle compression garment is recommended for two days but not mandatory.
  • This can be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures.

The Recovery

  • Virtually immediate return to almost all activity without restriction. I have had patients return to work the same day.
  • You can shower the next day.
  • There is only minimal discomfort and almost no pain. If pain is present, it is easily controlled by medications.
  • Swelling is mild to moderate and peaks at two to three days then disappears rapidly over the next three weeks.
  • No grogginess or loss of energy is experienced.
  • The stitches are removed at three days.
  • Usually no time off work is necessary.

The Result

  • Beautiful, balanced and proportioned contour that is immediately seen and only gets better.
  • More confident and comfortable with your appearance.
  • Lasts the rest of your life, especially if you maintain your weight and always looks better than if you didn't do it.
  • If you gain weight, you do not gain much in the liposuctioned areas.