Sometimes people are born with an 'obtuse" neck angle, and even from a young age have never had an ideal neck contour. This can be due to the position of bone, cartilage, fat, and muscles under the chin. Portland facial plastic surgeon Deniz Gerecci, MD can perform a deep neck submentoplasty to remove deep fat, re-secure muscle, and re-drape skin into a more favorable position. This leads to an improved neck and jawline contour
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AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A DEEP NECK SUBMENTOPLASTY?
Deep neck submentoplasty is the best method to remove deep fatty tissue that has accumulated in the neck, tighten the central neck muscle, and redrape the overlying skin. The procedure is designed to permanently remove fat from different compartments of the neck. A consultation can be a great opportunity to learn whether the deep neck submentoplasty is the most ideal treatment to help you fulfill your cosmetic goals.
HOW IS DEEP NECK SUBMENTOPLASTY PERFORMED?
This procedure can be performed awake with local anesthetic only or with some form of sedation in the office or asleep at the surgery center. Dr. Gerecci obtains access to the fat in the neck using a small incision hidden under the chin crease. The deepest layer of fat beneath the platysma muscle is removed. The platysma muscle is re-sutured in a more favorable position. Most of the time liposuction of the fat underneath the skin surface is also required. The entire procedure is done in a conservative, gentle manner to leave a smooth contoured neck.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DEEP NECK SUBMENTOPLASTY
This is an outpatient procedure. Once the procedure is complete, patients can go home with a compressive head wrap that is worn for 1 week. The sutures will remain in place for one week. Sometimes a drain is placed. Patients can expect swelling and bruising around the surgical site, which should both resolve after the first week. Makeup and skin care regimens can be restarted on day 10 after the procedure. Patients usually have minimal downtime before returning to work.
ARE THERE NONSURGICAL ALTERNATIVES TO DEEP NECK SUBMENTOPLASTY
Deep neck submentoplasty is recommended when a full necklift is not required, but neck liposuction is not enough. It is a simple procedure that gives permanent results and minimal downtime. There are some injectable medications and non-surgical devices that can be used to minimize or reduce fat in the neck, but none will achieve the dramatic improvement in the neck and jawline like a surgical procedure can.
SCHEDULE YOUR DEEP NECK SUBMENTOPLASTY CONSULTATION TODAY
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your deep neck submentoplasty with Dr. Gerecci. She can let you know if neck liposuction is the right choice for you and can recommend additional or alternative procedures and treatments to help you reach your goals.