I have a thick neck but I am active, exercise regularly and eat well.

Question:

I am a 66-year-old woman. I have a thick neck but I am active, exercise regularly and eat well. The rest of me is not fat. Am I a good candidate for neck liposuction? How would I know if my skin is going to shrink enough?

Answer:

Answer:
For reasons unknown some patients distribute fat in the neck area at a greater rate than other areas of the body. Unfortunately, that area does not respond well to exercise and weight loss in most patients. In almost 85% of patients who undergo a necklift, we recommend liposuction. Liposuction is an isolated procedure that works well in a younger individual. I typically tell patients that the ideal time is somewhere before the early 40s. Once a patient reaches far beyond the mid-40s it is often recommended and desirable to perform a necklift in conjunction with a liposuction since, as you have indicated, it is difficult for the skin to shrink or re-drape. Think of the patient who has had triplets and stretched out the abdominal skin – once the pregnancy is over, it is hard for that skin to completely re-drape. So, the short answer to your question is – it is probably most likely that an isolated liposuction procedure on the neck would not be sufficient to address all of the redundant tissue of that area.

Posted by Dr. Williams