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In a regular column for The Miami Herald titled “Plastic Surgery 101,” a common concern that we hear from many of our New Haven County patients was featured. One reader wrote in, “I’m about to get married and even though I’m thin, I have a fat neck. My mother had it, my grandmother had it and now I have it. I have about six months before my wedding. Is there anything I can do about it?”

Here at The Langdon Center in Guilford, CT, we frequently perform minimally invasive SmartLipo™ laser liposuction of the neck for both men and women. Sometimes called a “double chin,” stubborn, unwanted neck fat is very common.

If you suffer from this cosmetic concern, laser-assisted liposuction of the neck can reduce fat on the neck in just one, minimally invasive procedure. FDA-approved SmartLipo™ works by melting fat with laser energy before gently suctioning it away. This procedure requires just a few small incisions (so tiny, in fact, that no stitches are required) and local (awake) anesthesia.

Our SmartLipo™ patients, who hail from up and down the Connecticut Shoreline (typically from Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Hamden, Branford, Madison, Old Saybrook, Essex, Westbrook, Old Lyme, New London and more) enjoy a quick recovery and a low risk of side effects with this safe, effective procedure.

Another procedure that is often performed in tandem with laser-assisted liposuction of the neck is chin augmentation. In addition to requesting slimming of the neck, many of our patients want to enhance their profile for a stronger, more visually pleasing silhouette. Chin augmentation, also known as a chin implant, is another minimally invasive, minimal downtime procedure that can improve the balance of your facial features.

Dr. Langdon says, “Whether neck fat results from the aging process or is a life-long problem, liposuction of the neck is a popular solution that gives patients a slimmer and more flattering profile. Because downtime is minimal — just a few days is common — this reader would certainly be able to look and feel better in time for her wedding.”

Curious about what lipo of the neck can do for you? Call 203-745-0340 or email