Neck Liposuction

Both men and women come to our Rochester, NY practice for neck liposuction. The neck and chin are two of the most common areas of concern for liposuction patients. Fat accumulates easily in the neck, especially under the chin, causing the appearance of a double chin. Patients who aren't ready for a facelift, but want a more streamlined neck and defined chin are good candidates for neck liposuction.

People who live in Buffalo, Syracuse, and other areas of New York travel to the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery to have Dr. Vito Quatela and Dr. Heather Lee perform facial rejuvenation procedures, such as neck liposuction. Request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, or give our office a call at (585) 244-1000 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Vito Quatela Dr. Vito Quatela

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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What Is Neck Liposuction?

Neck liposuction offers you a way to remove fat in the neck and chin areas. Liposuction is very popular surgical procedure that is usually associated with body contouring. It is a safe and effective technique to remove fat cells. Fat does not accumulate again in the treatment area, but it is important to remember that fat will accumulate in untreated areas if you gain weight.

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Ideal Neck Liposuction Candidates

You're an ideal candidate for neck liposuction if your skin retains elasticity but you're concerned about fat underneath the chin and neck. You should be in good overall health, not be a smoker, and have realistic expectations about the procedure's outcome. Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee assesses your specific situation to determine if neck liposuction is right for you.

Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedure of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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Your Consultation

The consultation is an important part of the process, giving you a chance to get to know Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee and ask questions about the procedure. Your surgeon discusses any concerns you might have, the benefits and side effects of the procedure, and your desired outcome. Your medical history, previous surgeries, present medical conditions, and any current medications and supplements that you are taking will be discussed with a nurse as well.

Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee will examine the area of your neck that you are concerned with and look at the amount of fat to be removed and the laxity of your skin. There are multiple options for fat removal and skin tightening in the neck and chin area, which will be discussed so that you can weigh the benefits and advantages of each. Sometimes, a chin implant may also be recommended to create a balanced appearance. You may also be a candidate for a non-surgical fat reduction treatment such as KYBELLA® injections or PrecisionTx™. Using his/her experience and expertise in facial contouring, Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee will recommend the procedure that will work best for you.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Vito C. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Quatela is a past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is highly respected by his peers as a recognized expert in all areas of facial plastic surgery, including neck lift, facelift and other facial procedures.

Your Procedure

Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee perform neck liposuction at the Lindsay House Surgery Center using a local anesthetic with IV sedation. Your surgeon begins the procedure by making small incisions – typically under the chin but sometimes also behind the ears if the jawline needs to be contoured as well. The procedure takes about an hour depending on the amount of fatty tissue your surgeon removes and the contouring necessary to create the natural-looking results that the Quatela Center is known for. Your surgeon then applies a large, gauze pressure dressing that you need to wear the first night after surgery. It's removed at your postoperative appointment the next morning.


Recovery after neck liposuction may take from 1 to 3 weeks; however, experiences vary. A bandage is worn at all times for the first 5 days. After that, you'll need to wear it while sleeping for an additional 7 days. Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee removes sutures from the chin on the fifth day after surgery and ear sutures, if needed, on day 7. Expect some bruising and swelling, which may take 2 to 3 weeks to fully resolve. Any discomfort you may experience can be managed with pain medication, cold compresses applied as directed, and rest.

Most neck liposuction patients return to work within a week of surgery, depending on the nature of the job. If needed, you can camouflage any residual bruising with makeup. Our surgeons advise patients to postpone exercising for three weeks after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee perform neck liposuction surgeries?

Our surgeons perform all surgeries as outpatient procedures at the Lindsay House Surgery Center, a fully licensed, AAAHC accredited, multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery.

Will neck liposuction remove excess skin?

Liposuction removes fat cells, not excess skin. Patients with loose or drooping skin may be advised to add a neck lift or facelift procedure in addition to liposuction in order to give them the results they are looking for.

Will I have scarring after neck liposuction surgery?

Small incisions are placed under the chin and sometimes behind the ears to perform neck liposuction surgery. The scarring from these incisions is minimal and typically fades over time to become barely noticeable.

How long will I be off work after neck liposuction surgery?

Most patients are typically able to return to work and other activities around one week following surgery depending on individual healing rates and the nature of their jobs. Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee discusses the specifics of your own recovery with you before surgery.

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for Plastic Surgery

The Quatela Center's reputation as one of New York's finest cosmetic plastic surgery practices attracts patients to Rochester from throughout the state. Choose one of the locations below for driving directions to our practice.

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The Lindsay House

973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000

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