Which Is Better – Neck Liposuction or a Jowl Lift?

Q:  Dr. Eppley, I am a 48 year old female and have begun to notice some fat under my chin, some jowling and some neck wrinkles. I have had gotten two plastic surgery consultations with differing opinions. One said I needed liposuction of my neck with a submentoplasty and fat injections to the jowls. The other said I needed neck liposuction with a jowl tuck-up. These choices seem so different that I am confused. Both plastic surgeons are board-certified and respected in the community.I don’t know which one is right. Any advice would be appreciated.

A:  In reality, both are right and these are just two different options for the same facial aging problem. It is clear that you are what I call a ‘tweener’. Your aging issues are not quite enough for a more extensive facelift (neck-jowl lift) but are more than what liposuction alone can ideally improve. In other words, you have a mild amount of excess skin along the jawline and in the upper neck. As these two options are different in technique, they will also produce different results. I think the right answer for you is defined by how much you want to go through for what result. While neither operation is a big procedure, the liposuction/fat injection approach is less invasive but will not tighten the jowl line as much as a limited facelift with liposuction. (jowl lift) It would help to define what bothers you the most, jowling or neck fat. If it is neck fat go with liposuction. If it is jowling, go with the lift.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana