What is chin liposuction?
Chin liposuction is performed in order to contour the jawline and get rid of excess fat or the dreaded “double chin.” Many people have unwanted fat in this area, and liposuction can remove this fat and create a sculpted, more defined jawline. This procedure can be performed by handheld liposuction techniques in the office under just local anesthesia.
Who is a good candidate for chin lipo?
If you have excess fat under the chin or aren’t pleased with your jawline, you could be a good candidate for this procedure. Although liposuction does not primarily tighten skin, it can tighten the skin in this area as a secondary effect.
Chin Liposuction Procedure
Chin liposuction is easily performed in the office with local anesthesia. The procedure itself is very quick and easy, taking about 30 minutes or so. The area is numbed up with local anesthesia and then handheld liposuction is performed. Once the fat is removed, you are left with a contoured jawline.
Is there Downtime after Chin Lipo?
The downtime for this procedure is generally minimal, especially when it is performed in the office under local anesthesia. Because the handheld liposuction technique is gentle, the bruising and swelling are less severe than other forms of liposuction. You should expect some bruising and swelling over the first few days, but the majority of this should dissolve over the next few weeks.
Immediately after the procedure you will likely leave wrapped up in an ACE wrap to provide some support and compression to the area. This can help reduce the swelling quicker, and most will find it comfortable to wear for the first few days. After a few days only, the bruising and swelling should be minimal enough that no one else will notice you had something done.
Results from Liposuction to the Chin
Typically, you will see results quickly after the original bruising and swelling resolves. This may be as quick as a couple of days. As a general rule, we like to wait between 1-3 months to make final judgments on the result.
The results of this procedure should be long-lasting. Once the fat is removed, you should not gain as much weight in this area. There will always be fat cells here, meaning you can still gain some, but it will be less than what you could gain before the procedure.
Before & After Chin Liposuction
Are there any risks or side effects of chin lipo?
There are minimal risks and side effects to this procedure. Bruising and swelling are normal with any procedure. Risk of bleeding and infection are very minimal. You can experience numbness in the area, but normal sensation should return as your nerves recover after surgery.
Alternatives for Treating Chin Fat
There are alternatives to treating this area. The most well-known alternative is Kybella. Kybella is an injection that can dissolve subcutaneous fat and is approved for use in the submental area. This method does require a few treatments spaced apart and has a similar downtime to liposuction. If you aren’t sure which method is best for you, we would be happy to discuss this at a consult.
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