As we age, certain areas of the body can accumulate fat that is hard to lose, in spite of a healthy diet and vigorous exercise. The neck is one such area. Fatty deposits in the neck can detract from the appearance of the entire body, making a younger person seem older, or a fit person seem out of shape. Liposuction can give this area a new streamlined contour, enhancing the effect of facial features and improving the profile. Liposuction in this area produces consistently good results, and has a particularly high satisfaction rate.

If you’re considering liposuction of the neck, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a facial surgeon who is board certified or has completed a residency program that includes instruction in this procedure.

Neck liposuction is often performed in conjunction with neck lift or face lift.

The face and neck are usually the first features we notice when we meet someone new, so improvements in this area can create a dramatic change. A firm, trim neck gives the face a more youthful look. Sometimes just having this procedure done provides an incentive to make healthier lifestyle choices, and maintain fitness in the rest of the body. Patients who have been self-conscious about their bulging necklines often feel more comfortable wearing a range of clothing and jewelry styles after liposuction.

To view before and after Neck Liposuction photographs click here.

Candidates for Neck Liposuction

  • Have specific fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise
  • Do not have frequent fluctuations in weight
  • Desire reshaping and not weight loss
  • Have relatively firm, elastic skin
  • Have had no previous surgery in the area where liposuction is desired
  • Are psychologically stable
  • Do not smoke
  • Are well informed about the procedure
  • Are accepting of any limitations, as discussed with surgeon
  • Hold realistic expectations about the outcome

About the Procedure

During the procedure, Dr. Marcia Byrd, M.D. will make a tiny incision in the skin, typically in the crease just under the chin or behind the ear lobes. Next a thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the fatty area. The cannula is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired proportions. The unwanted fat is removed with a high pressure vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels intact.

Aftercare and Recovery

Your neck may be stiff and store for a few days, and you may experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding or temporary numbness. If necessary, Dr. Byrd can prescribe medication to relieve this initial discomfort. Your stitches will be removed in a week to 10 days, unless they dissolve on their own. You will be fitted with a compression band to cut down on swelling and to hold your neck in its new shape until the tissues have adjusted. Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. You should be able to return to work within a week, or even within a few days if your work is fairly sedentary. Remember that you will be wearing the compression band for several weeks after your surgery to ensure that your neck stays firmly shaped.


Dr. Marcia Byrd and Dr. Paul McCluskey care for patients throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, they service the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss the Neck Liposuction procedure, call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!