What Causes Neck Fat? By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on October 04, 2022

Neck fat can impact your confidence as it is difficult to hide and impacts your overall appearance. In addition to the impact it can have on your appearance, a thick neck can contribute to a variety of harmful health issues. In fact, it can raise your risk for certain health conditions, including heart problems. You may wonder, what causes neck fat? Below you will find the common causes of neck fat and what you can do about it.

What Causes Neck Fat?

The most common reason people have neck fat is due to being overweight or obese. Weight gain is often due to an energy imbalance. If you eat too many calories without burning them off, weight gain is likely inevitable. This causes an accumulation of fat on your body. While fat distribution is different for everyone, it can accumulate around your neck.

Causes of Weight Gain

In addition to consuming too much, there are a number of other causes of weight gain. Genetic factors, medical conditions, and certain lifestyle factors can all lead to weight gain.
  • Genetic Factors: If you notice people in your immediate family who are overweight, it may run in your family. Dispositions toward weight gain and fat storage can be inherited. So it’s important to effectively monitor and manage your weight.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions can cause weight gain. Cushing’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, and polycystic ovarian syndrome all require a diagnosis. However, they are all linked with weight gain and obesity. If you have recently gained weight or cannot maintain a healthy weight, it’s important to consult with your medical provider about any potential missed diagnoses.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Excess stress, poor sleep, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity can all lead to weight gain. Finding a healthy balance and effectively managing your daily life can help reduce your risk for weight gain.

Health Risks Associated with Neck Fat

Most often you will hear about reducing your waistline as it is an indicator of your long-term health. The fat around your stomach is referred to as visceral adipose tissue. It is often associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The amount of fat around your neck can also be a predictor for your risk of certain health conditions. In fact, high amounts of fat around your neck can be closely associated with heart issues such as diabetes and high cholesterol.

Excess fat around your waist and neck are used to assess your weight-related health risks. Excess fat on your waist, neck, and any other area of your body can lead to serious health issues. It’s important to manage your weight and seek help from a medical professional if you are unable to maintain a healthy weight.

Treatment Options for Neck Fat

If you have improved your diet and exercise routine and still have stubborn fat around your neck, it’s time to consult with a cosmetic surgeon in Tampa Bay. Sometimes stubborn areas on your body maintain the last bit of fat you want to get rid of. Instead of feeling unsatisfied with your appearance, consider neck liposuction in Tampa. The procedure offers a number of benefits as it can easily tackle neck fat.

Neck liposuction results in a tighter and firmer neckline, a more defined jaw, and an improved neck line. In addition to aesthetic benefits, neck liposuction can improve your confidence and help you feel like yourself again. The first step in achieving your aesthetic goals involves setting up a consultation with a skilled surgeon. The team at Synergy have helped countless patients restore their appearance through neck liposuction. Contact the team at Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery today to set up a consultation!

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