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What is Neck Liposuction?

What is Neck Liposuction?Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction cosmetic surgery can help reduce the appearance of fat pockets in the neck region and under the chin.

Stubborn fat deposits in the neck compromise the youthful contours of the jaw. Diet and exercise alone may sometimes not be enough to remove these fatty deposits. For such people, neck liposuction may be an excellent solution.

Initially, the surgeon will assess the patient’s medical condition, neck and face structure, and understand their aesthetic goals prior to recommending neck lipo surgery. Neck liposuction involves the surgical sculpting of the neck region and removal of excess fat deposits to restore an angular chin and jaw shape.

Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides neck liposuction to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in this area of the nation.


Ideal Candidates

Ideal neck liposuction candidates are at a healthy weight but have stubborn fat pockets in the neck area. The patient may consider neck lipo if these deposits are unresponsive to diet and exercise. To achieve optimal outcomes with neck liposuction, the patient should have reasonable skin elasticity and firmness in the neck area.

Good candidates will be healthy and have reasonable expectations for neck liposuction outcomes. While age is not a determining factor for this surgery, older patients may have less elastic skin. This may lead to less effective outcomes in older individuals in comparison to younger patients.  



In most cases, neck liposuction plastic surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis. For the removal of small amounts of fat, the procedure may be performed using a local anesthetic.

But the surgeon may choose to perform the procedure under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, according to the patient’s requirements. A more extensive surgery may warrant the use of general anesthesia.

The surgeon begins the procedure by placing small incisions in pre-determined sites in the neck. They use these incisions to remove localized fat pockets.

The surgeon will then insert a narrow tube or cannula via the incision to suction out the layer of stubborn fat deep within the tissue. The cannula extracts disintegrated fat cells. Upon removal of the desired quantity of fat, the surgeon re-contours the neck and chin. Then they seal the incisions with sutures.



Neck lipo recovery usually takes between five to seven days. The surgeon may place a narrow drainage pipe beneath the skin to prevent fluid accumulation for the initial one or two days.

In addition, the patient will have to wear a surgical garment around the treated site for a few weeks to promote healing and support the new chin shape. The surgeon may prescribe antibiotics for some days to mitigate infection risks that are commonly associated with any surgical procedure.



There will be a noticeable difference in the neck contour as well as the shape of the neck and chin shortly after the procedure. The outcomes will become more visible when the inflammation subsides within four to six weeks.

The entire inflammation may resolve between three to six months following the neck liposuction. At this point, the final neck definition will be apparent. The patient should follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain the surgical outcomes.

Accomplished cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and other communities and suburbs in this section of America for aesthetic and reconstructive procedures.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland, Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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