Neck Contouring and Liposuction in New Jersey
An attractive neck is perceived as very desirable by women and men alike. In its ideal form, an aesthetically pleasing female neck is graceful: a long, slender “swan’s” neck with a smooth skin surface and a well-defined jaw line and chin. This appearance connotes youth, beauty, and femininity. Fashion designers understand the significance of a beautiful female neck and help draw attention to its appealing contour with their jewelry and clothing.
The goal of neck rejuvenation is to restore the patient’s good looks while still making her look natural.
Addressing Your Unique Concerns
As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, which causes loosening of the skin. Not all patients’ necks have the same shape, nor do their necks age at the same rate or in the same way. Depending on genetics and other factors, such as weight gain, patients can develop fullness under the chin (a “double chin”). The aging process also causes the platysma muscles to lose their structural support over time. People often say they have developed a “turkey neck” to describe such changes.
Dr. Parker’s approach is individualized to each patient to optimize the result of neck contouring. During your consultation, Dr. Parker will listen to your concerns, evaluate the skin & support structures of your face & neck, and discuss the options you have to improve the shape and appearance of your neck.
“I have been a patient for the past 15 years Dr. Parker is a gifted surgeon. And his staff is top notch. I had a face and neck lift 7 weeks ago and I’m beyond thrilled. Thank you Dr. Parker!”Face and Neck Lift Patient
Neck Lift vs. Neck Liposuction
The most common procedures that fall under the umbrella of neck contouring are neck liposuction and platysmaplasty, or “neck lift” surgery. Dr. Parker will help you determine the best approach for you at your consultation. Typically, neck liposuction is excellent for younger patients who have excess fat under the chin but fairly good skin elasticity. Neck lift surgery is often the best approach for patients with loose, hanging skin and muscle laxity.
Neck Contouring with Facelift Surgery
A facelift addresses the lower two thirds of the face and is often combined with a neck lift. During your consultation with Dr. Parker, he will evaluate your face and neck together, then discuss treatment options to address them with either a facelift, neck lift, or both.
The results of neck contouring can be dramatically enhanced with a chin augmentation. In a patient with a weak chin undergoing liposuction of the neck, a neck lift, or both, Dr. Parker performs a chin augmentation. Using a ¾ inch incision hidden just beneath the chin, Dr. Parker places an extended, tapered silicone chin implant along the jaw. The implant is held in place with sutures and quickly adheres to the jawbone. It looks and feels just like a real chin. It creates a stronger, natural looking chin, which adds to the aesthetics of a cleaner jaw line in a neck contouring patient.
It takes about 20 minutes to perform a chin augmentation. Swelling and discoloration subside within several days. Patients can return to normal activities in three to four days and exercise in 10 to 14 days.
Before & After: Neck Liposuction with Chin Augmentation*
This 39 year old had always been bothered by the fullness of her neck and her weak chin. She said these were family traits. Dr. Parker performed liposuction to contour the patient’s neck and then inserted a chin implant during the same surgery. Note the stronger chin and markedly improved neck contour following both of these procedures.
Preview Your Options with 3D Imaging & Simulation
Computer imaging can be a very helpful educational tool to show you visually what a particular procedure should do for you. During your consultation, Dr. Parker will carefully discuss various treatment options with you. We will then take 3D images of your face and neck, and using these photos we can show you simulations of what your surgical changes should look like.
These images serve as a great communication tool that will allow you to visualize Dr. Parker’s treatment plan. Neck contouring options can be nicely demonstrated with computer imaging.
Our Signature Rapid Recovery Program
Most of our patients lead active lives and are anxious to return to their activities as soon as possible after surgery. With our unique Rapid Recovery peri-operative program, we have tailored our surgical procedures, anesthesia, and medications to minimize post-operative discomfort. We also provide post-operative lymphatic drainage massage to accelerate our patients’ recuperation after surgery. During both your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.