Chin liposuction is a liposuction procedure that is performed directly under the chin. Some patients accumulate fat deposits that are stubborn and do not go away even if a person loses weight. While the reason for this might be as simple as genetics, people with stubborn fat often turn to exercise to try and lose the fat under the chin. However, these exercises usually do not work because of their genetics making them carry this weight or the fact that they are simply overweight. Chin liposuction helps to remove the fat cells in this area as well as cause the muscles to tighten. The skin in the treated area is also tightened so the patient enjoys a more defined jawline. In general, chin liposuction removes fat from the lower part of the ear all the way to the chin as well as fat along the jawline and underneath the jawline going upwards towards the ear.
How Chin Liposuction is Performed
In order to decrease the amount of pain and bleeding during the surgery, the doctor will numb the area before starting the procedure. Two small incisions are made before a cannula is inserted into the incisions to suction out the desired amount of fluid and fat. During chin liposuction, one incision is made behind each earlobe and another incision is created just under the chin. While the incisions in these areas are normally very small, the incision under the chin is bigger in order to easily remove the fat that is located below the muscle. If the patient has a good amount of fat, the liposuction will be combined with direct fat excision so the doctor can suture the muscles together under the chin and also make the chin neckline tighter in appearance.
Patients that undergo chin liposuction do not have a painful recovery period. The patient will need to wear a support bandage, for the first few days, under the neck as well as around the head in order to reduce any swelling or bruising. The bandage also supports the skin that is under the chin so it will not sag as it shrinks to its new contour. The amount of downtime after the chin liposuction is three to five days.
Chin Liposuction Ideal Candidates
Patients that are ideal candidates for chin liposuction include:
- Patients with good skin elasticity
- Patients in their 60s or 70s that want to get fat deposits removed under the chin as well as along the jaw using liposuction
- Someone in their late teens that needs jaw surgery to correct their bite along with the removal of fat deposits using liposuction
Patients that desire results that are more dramatic in nature should look into having a facelift or some other surgical skin tightening treatment. In addition, patients with tight skin, lax muscles or extra skin are not good candidates.
Chin Liposuction Cost, Results and Risks
The cost of chin liposuction depends on a number of factors including the amount of fat that needs to be removed from the area of the chin, any fees charged by the doctor or the facility and the part of the country where the chin liposuction is performed. In general, the cost of chin liposuction is anywhere from $2000-$4000.
The fat cells that are removed using chin liposuction are permanently removed. However, a patient can still gain fat elsewhere under the chin if a person gains weight after the surgery. The final results make enough of a difference that many patients decide not to have a facelift or neck lift because of the change in their appearance.
There are some common risks to undergoing chin liposuction and they include:
- Asymmetry to the results
- Injury to the sensory nerve along with the nerve that moves the face
Making the Decision to Undergo Chin Liposuction
The decision to have chin liposuction is not one that should be entered into lightly. While it provides immediate results, patients should be aware of the fact that it is a surgical procedure. They will need to undergo a thorough examination by a board-certified doctor in order to determine if the people that want to have chin liposuction are ideal candidates for the treatment. The doctor will examine the patient and also discuss the desired final results from the chin liposuction procedure. It is important that patients be aware of the changes that can be accomplished through chin liposuction because realistic expectations prevent a person from being disappointed or surprised by the final results of this cosmetic surgery.
The results of chin liposuction are more than simply physical changes to the appearance of the patient. Chin liposuction can also provide a person with better self-esteem and increased self-confidence when being in front of others. It is also important that the patient have the procedure because it is a change that is desired by the person and not because they want to make someone else happy by achieving the changes provided by chin liposuction.