The American Society of Plastic Surgeons tells us that liposuction is the second most popular procedure performed each year. When we think about this fat-reducing surgery, however, we usually think of areas of the body we like to show off during the summertime; areas like the thighs, hips, and abdomen. These are areas of the body where stubborn fat does tend to resist diet and exercise. The neck and chin are also prone to resistant fat. Here, we discuss chin liposuction and its role in eliminating a double-chin.
What Is Chin Liposuction?
Liposuction is the procedure that is known for removing unwanted fatty deposits from various parts of the body. No skin tightening is involved in liposuction. However, when tissue elasticity is good, this is typically not necessary. The liposuction procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients are released to return home shortly after surgery. Many procedures, especially smaller areas like the chin, can be performed with a local anesthetic and sedation rather than general anesthesia. To remove localized fat cells, Dr. Lee inserts a small hollow tube through tiny incisions. Fat cells are carefully suctioned away, leaving behind tunnels into which surrounding fat can settle to create a smooth contour.
Are You a Good Candidate for Chin Liposuction?
Liposuction performed on smaller areas of localized fat is often referred to as liposculpture. This procedure may be right for you if you:
- Have resistant fat under your chin
- Feel dissatisfied with the appearance of your chin and jawline due to lack of contour
- Want to refine your jawline to look sharper and more angular
- Have good skin elasticity
- Are at a weight you intend to maintain
- Have a generally good self-image and want to balance your facial features
Chin Liposuction Results
The recovery period after chin liposuction is relatively short. Patients may need to wear a compression strap for a few days to minimize swelling. This side effect, along with bruising, typically improves within a week, at which point you may return to work and most normal activities. Because incisions are nothing more than small nicks in the skin, there are no stitches to remove.
The results of chin liposuction can be seen right away and can last many years. The ongoing aging process may eventually cause some degree of sagging in the tissue under the chin, but this has more to do with laxity than excess fat. With good weight management, most people who undergo chin liposuction can enjoy indefinite improvement.