Three Options for Removing Neck Fat - Donaldson Plastic Surgery

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By Jeffrey Donaldson, MD |

Three Options for Removing Neck Fat

Advancing age or excess weight can result in people feeling dissatisfied with the appearance of the neck. Demand has driven innovation in the plastic surgery field, and now there are three reliable and permanent treatment options for neck fat, and some are even non-invasive.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved Kybella to reduce fat in the neck. This procedure involves multiple small injections of deoxycholic acid in targeted areas. Each series of injections constitutes a single treatment, and patients may need several treatments to see a complete result. A patient might experience temporary swelling, but the process is minimally-invasive, using only a very fine needle.


This treatment is the ideal choice for anyone with large deposits of fat in the neck region. The surgeon makes one small incision under the chin and inserts a thin suction cannula into the fatty layer to physically remove excess fat cells. This process can remove a large amount of fat in a single comprehensive treatment; however, it is slightly more invasive and patients will recover with bruising and swelling over several days.


Coolsculpting is a completely nonsurgical, non-invasive procedure that also permanently removes fat from the neck. The Coolsculpting applicator targets discreet, focal fat deposits by drawing them into a vacuum and freezing them for one hour. Results from this treatment are apparent within one to two months. Only 20-25% percent of the fat is removed during a single treatment, so while the recovery is shorter than other methods (zero, actually) the results may take longer to see.

Patients should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to choose the neck fat treatment that best fits their individual needs and goals.

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