Q: Dr. Eppley, how much would neck liposuction cost? Could you give me an idea of what my realistic expectations would be? If you performed neck liposuction on me on a Monday or Tuesday, would I be able to be back t work the following Monday?
A: The best way to think about results from ‘neck contouring’ is to look at the three surgical methods of doing it….1) liposuction alone, 2) submentoplasty (neck liposuction with muscle tightening) and 3) formal neck lift. These are increasingly progressive neck contouring methods that produce increasingly better results. On a scale of 1 to 10, a formal neck lift would be a 10 as it addresses all three issues that are causing the sagging neck. (extra fat and loose muscle and skin) Everything else need to be compared to that ‘gold standard’ which will create the best neck contour with a sharp neck angle and defined jaw line. Thus liposuction will produce a 4 to 5 on that scale as it depends on the skin tightening up a bit. (halfway between where you are now and what the ideal neck change is) A submentoplasty would produce a 6 or 7 on that scale, better than liposuction but not as good as a real neck lift.
While there may be some swelling from liposuction 5 to 6 days after the procedure I do not see a limiting reason as to why you could not be back to work again in less than a week. The swelling would probably not be worse than the way the neck looks now for the most part. (in terms of size)
Dr. Barry Eppley