Rejuvenation of the neck with liposuction and ancillary techniques


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C. William Hanke, MD, Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, 13400 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032, or email:


An aesthetically pleasing neck is an important component of physical appearance and a frequently targeted area for a variety of rejuvenative procedures. In appropriately selected patients, liposuction of the neck using tumescent local anesthesia can effectively render a more youthful appearance to the anterior and lateral neck by removing superficial adipose tissue and redraping the skin. This article will review all aspects of neck liposuction, including neck and lower face anatomy, proper patient selection and evaluation, necessary equipment, as well as all peri-procedural management. An in-depth discussion of administration of tumescent local anesthesia and proper liposuction technique is also included. Lastly, a number of ancillary techniques to further enhance the appearance of the neck including laser lipolysis, fractional ablative CO2 resurfacing, and treatment of platysmal banding will be briefly discussed.