Because I wasn’t gifted with a “girafe neck,” it’s easy for me to gain weight there.
When I lose weight, though, my neck fat goes last, and I mean LAST. I want to find a solution that makes sense.
I considered getting my neck surgically fixed with SmartLipo when my doctor mentioned that his wife had just gotten hers done, and was really happy with it. At this point, surgery scares me a little, and I wouldn’t seriously consider it until the problem got much worse. I’m also waiting because I secretly want to wake up one day and have my neck miraculously grow three inches and have my neck fat disappear. Since that isn’t very likely to happen, I did some research on alternative solutions.
I love the easy way out when it comes to fitness, and I remember some “As Seen on TV” commercials for neck exercise machines, so I did some research. On their website, the description of the “Neckline Slimmer” obviously sounds promising and easy. It says, “The Neckline Slimmer is a resistance toning system for the chin, neck and face muscles. It will help you appear years younger, giving you younger looking firmer skin without pain or surgery. All in just 2 minutes a day!!! “
Not one to trust these sorts of vacuous promises, I did some more research. RealSelf posted a Neckline Slimmer Q&A. Needless to say, the feedback was overwhelmingly negative. Here’s an excerpt from a doctor’s comment: “These gadgets that they sell on television are great for the person that sells them, because they make money,” writes Dr. Steven Wallach. Well, I guess that’s out.
Throwing in the towel for an easy solution, I consulted fitness expert Kathy Kaehler. She says, “For the neck, unfortunately there is not a single exercise that will make a difference. However, keeping yourself fit with a balanced workout of strength training and cardio will keep your body fat in the ideal range which will help your appearance overall.” I’m surprised that even a fitness expert doesn’t have a work-out solution—I’m secretly relieved. I will keep my neck in mind when I’m reaching for another donut now, though. That helps a little.
When it comes to surgery, I want to be as informed as possible about a specific procedure. I headed to the community forums on RealSelf. It turns out that RealSelf community member prettyflower is in a similar position to me age-wise and problem-wise, so she posted on the RealSelf forum board, and here are two helpful answers:
1. Chin surgery plus liposuction is an option. Eric M. Joseph, MD, answered: “Sometimes your neck fat appears more prominent than your peers because you have a weak chin. So in some people, Chin Implant surgery along with neck Liposuction makes a wonderful change. Sometimes neck liposuction alone works well. Of course, if you like how your neck looks when you’re at your normal body weight, that’s the safest and most cost-effective option.”
2. Smart Lipo. Brooke R. Seckel, MD, replied: “Liposuction is the answer. All liposuction techniques work. However, in my experience SlimLipo laser liposuction not only removes fat but also tightens the neck skin. Laser liposuction is new so it will be hard to find an experienced doctor at this point. For many safety reasons, I prefer the Slim Lipo laser lipo device above all others.”
It sounds like what I I need to do is tighten my belt on my diet and exercise routine, and that surgery could be a good option if I continue to have problems with my neck. I’m glad that I never bought a Neckline Slimmer—that’s one thing that I know for sure!
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