Do You Need a Neck Lift or Chin Liposuction?

Are you struggling with the appearance of a double chin? Having a defined neckline is not a trait everybody has. Luckily for us, cosmetic procedures can help us achieve the contoured neck we’ve always wanted. Do you know which one to choose?

A double chin is when a layer of fat forms below your chin. It is a common condition and, even though it seems might seem that is associated with overweight, a double chin might appear for many other different causes, such as:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Bad Posture

This is why for some people it is very difficult to reduce or remove the double chin with chin exercises and a healthy diet.

People who are not satisfied with the way their chin looks tend to research about chin liposuction and neck lift. Even though they both help you to get a more defined neck area, they don’t do the same and are very different procedures.

During this blog, we will explain and compare the many differences between chin cosmetic procedures, including surgery process, estimated recovery time, prices in the US and Mexico. So, Do You Need a Neck Lift or Chin Liposuction? Let’s begin.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that tightens loose neck muscles and removes the excess of skin around your jawline.

This procedure is usually done to correct a double chin and reduce the signs of aging. Some of the most common concerns that are addressed with a neck lift are:

  • The removal of the “Turkey Neck”, reducing and eliminating the excess of sagging skin.
  • Smoothen the wrinkles and creases through the neck
  • Enhancing the appearance of vertical neck bands

This procedure is usually performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, typically a facelift, chin augmentation, dermal fillers, or eye lifts to accentuate the patient’s facial traits. As well, is very common the suggestion from a neck lift and chin liposuction together for better results.

To prepare for this surgery a patient must have good health and avoid smoking for at least 1 month before the surgery.


This procedure is typically performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. Depending on the anesthesia approach, your doctor might inject a local anesthetic into the skin.

Neck lift surgery can take several hours to be completed. To begin with the procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions around and behind the ears and under the chin. The muscles on your neck will be tightened and the extra skin and fat will be removed.

The surgeon will close the incisions. A special neck girdle will be recommended after this procedure to apply pressure around the patient’s head and under the chin.

The recovery for a neck lift can take from 14 days after the surgery, after this time you should be able to return to your normal activities.

A patient should expect the neck to feel tight for a few weeks. Bruising and swelling will be normal, it will gradually fade away 1 week after the surgery.

Scars resulting from the surgery won’t be visible as they’ll be hidden around and behind the ears.

If you participate in sports or do strenuous activities during your day, you should wait at least 3 weeks to resume these activities.

A patient should also avoid smoking during the healing process, to avoid any complications during this part of the surgery.

Chin Liposuction

Chin liposuction is a procedure that helps tighten the muscles beneath the chin to create a more contoured look as it helps to enhance the jawline.

With a Chin Liposuction you can achieve:

  • Removal of a “double chin”
  • A refined jawline that brings balance to your facial features
  • An improved appearance

This is a fast and efficient way to remove the double chin since it is a minimal procedure and its recovery isn’t painful at all. Surgeons confirm that this is the quickest way to do it with the most dramatic results.

It is important to mention that this procedure removes the excess fat but it won’t improve skin quality. Usually, patients from the ages between 20 to 50 years old are the best candidates for chin liposuction, since their skin has more elasticity, necessary for the skin to contract smoothly after the procedure.

It is not recommended for people with overweight since it only removes superficial fat which liposuction can’t remove.

Doctors might also recommend to some patients additional procedures to enhance their appearance, for example:

  • Neck lift to remove the excess of skin
  • Chin augmentation for facial contour
  • Rhinoplasty


Chin liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia at an ambulatory surgery center. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to be completed.

The surgeon will make 1 or 2 tiny incisions beneath the chin or behind the ears. A small liposuction cannula will be inserted and used to remove the excess of fat and sculpt the chin and the neck area. Each incision will be closed with only one or two stitches.

You shouldn’t feel much pain after the procedure. The pain will feel mild and will go away within the next 5 days.

A special supportive chin girdle will be recommended to wear for about 3 to 4 days. It is used to support the skin while it heals.

It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising after the surgery. It could make your chin lumpy or your skin looks asymmetrical, however, once the swelling goes away (between 10 to 14 days before the surgery) your skin will tighten up on its own.

You will be able to return to your normal activities within 1 or 2 weeks after the surgery.

The results of a Chin Liposuction can be permanent by maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.

About The Prices

The prices for cosmetic surgeries can be out of the reach for many prospect patients since most of these procedures are normally not covered by medical insurances.

This is the main reason why people from the United States and Canada have looked for alternatives to receive the same quality on medical attention at more affordable prices.

Take for example the average prices in the United States according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons:

  • Neck Lift - $5,242.00 USD. This cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
  • Chin Liposuction - $3,250.00 USD. This cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

Luckily, medical tourism has been used as an alternative to save thousands of dollars on medical procedures, including plastic and cosmetic surgery.

Mexico is usually one of the #1 picks for surgical treatments for its closeness to both countries and the chance to be attended by prestigious surgeons at affordable prices.

Now, some people think that the lower the price the lower the quality you will receive, but this does not apply in Mexico. The prices are standardized compared to the cost of living in the country (which is way lower compared to the US or Canada).

This means that the prices are not compromising the quality and that is why many people do it getting the same amazing results from their procedures, and even sometimes while attending a clean facility with more advanced technology than their home countries.

Compared to the prices in the United States, if you decide to get any of these cosmetic procedures in Mexico, this is an estimate of how much you would pay:

  • Neck Lift $3,500 USD
  • Chin Liposuction $2,000 USD

If you still find this hard to believe, I recommend you to read take a look at this "Cosmetic Surgery in Mexico"

Neck Lift or Chin Liposuction?

It is time to compare! If after reading about these 2 procedures, you still don’t know if you need a neck lift or chin liposuction, take a quick look at this chart containing a summary of all the important information you must know for both surgeries.

Can correct Loose skin or prominent muscle bands Excess fat
Best Candidates Patients with skin elasticity (ages between 20 to 50 years old) A person with tight, firm, and free from small wrinkles skin (Ages between late 40's to 70's)
Procedure Time Around 2 hours Less than 1 hour
Recovery Time Up to 14 days after the surgery 1 week
Results Results are long-lasting and will age naturally with a patient. Permanent so long the patient maintains a stable weight
Average Cost (USD) $5,242 $3,250
Cost in Mexico (USD) $3,500 $2,000

Do you need to get both procedures?

When a candidate shows an undefined neck muscle, excess of fat and loose hanging skin, the surgeon will recommend having both neck lift and chin liposuction.

If a doctor were to only perform chin liposuction, the patient’s skin will likely hang down from the chin to the jawline after the surgery. If only a neck lift is performed, the result won’t be noticeable and would most likely have to try the liposuction, increasing the cost of the whole procedure.

When going to your cosmetic surgery appointment, your doctor will do a complete exam and give you the proper recommendations to get the best results.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

When considering cosmetic surgery, choosing the doctor that will guide you through the complete procedure is one of the patients’ main concern.

The doctor you choose to perform your surgery has to be someone you can rely on. To choose a qualified surgeon, we recommend you to follow these guidelines:

  1. Make sure your doctor is board certified
  2. Ask and review the doctor’s training, experience, and certifications
  3. Research about the medical facility you will be getting your surgery at
  4. Find out the previous experience and results about the same procedure you would like to get
  5. Make sure that you feel comfortable to ask and discuss with your doctor everything you need to know about the surgery.

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Located in Los Algodones, Baja Surgery Center is just the right place for you. Being the only ambulatory surgery center in town, we have the quality and expertise a cosmetic surgery patient will need during their treatment.

Los Algodones is a town just around 5 minutes from Yuma, Arizona, and is a worldwide popular city for medical tourism, where people from the United States and Canada receive many medical services at affordable prices.

We are a specialized clinic that offers Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine top solutions, counting with a team of doctors that are always seeking to continue and update their medical education and count with numerous certifications.

We have surgeons who are active members of the International Association of Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (ASAP), just to mention a few.

We focus on same-day procedures helping you achieve the look you deserve with all the perks that medical tourism has to offer.

Counting with gold start technology and an over the top facility, Baja Surgery Center can be the best ally on your cosmetic makeover.

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