Chin Liposuction

Submental lipectomy is liposuction of the chin. This procedure can benefit those that are healthy, and of normal weight, but still possess pockets of excess fat in their chin and presenting a disproportionate appearance. Submental lipectomy can remove fat deposits from the chin that are resistant to diet and exercise. Now this is not a weight loss procedure, but a body contouring procedure. By removing fat deposits, it can eliminate a double chin. This results in a more redefined chin or neckline, which can help bring more facial balance and harmony.

Submental Lipectomy / Liposuction

Pre / Post Operative Instruction For Submental Lipectomy

  • Keep your head elevated 12” to 18” above the level of your heart by using pillows. DO NOT LIE FLAT.
  • Sleep on your back.
  • Do not take Aspirin or ibuprofen. Use only acetaminophen (Tylenol) or the medication prescribed by your physician.
  • Do not take oral Vitamin E for one week.
  • No bending over or heavy lifting for one week.
  • Limit strenuous activity or exercise for three weeks.
  • You may shower the day after surgery (after the dressing is removed). Please do not let the force of the water hit directly on the incisions.
  • Minor oozing of blood may occur immediately after surgery. If this happens, apply gentle pressure to the area for 15 minutes. If the bleeding persists, please call our office @ (850) 784-7722.
  • Avoid direct sun for two month, then use sunscreen SPF #15 or higher whenever you anticipate sun exposure.
  • No smoking.



Is chin liposuction permanent?

Yes, chin liposuction, or submental lipectomy, typically offers permanent results for fat removal. The procedure specifically targets and removes fat cells from the chin area. Once these fat cells are removed, they do not regenerate. However, it’s important to maintain a stable weight, as significant weight gain can cause remaining fat cells in the area to expand, potentially altering the results. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise can help ensure the longevity of the liposuction results.

Does chin lipo leave saggy skin?

Chin liposuction effectively removes fat, but it does not directly address skin elasticity. The likelihood of experiencing saggy skin post-procedure largely depends on the individual’s skin quality and age. Younger patients with good skin elasticity may find that their skin naturally retracts and adjusts to the new contour of the chin. However, older patients or those with less elastic skin might experience some degree of sagging. In cases where skin laxity is a concern, additional treatments, such as skin tightening procedures, might be recommended to achieve optimal results. Dr. Daube only performs chin liposuction when combined with a Facelift or Facetite to ensure a smoother outcome.

Does chin liposuction help you get rid of a double chin?

Yes, chin liposuction is an effective procedure for removing a double chin. This technique specifically targets and removes excess fat deposits under the chin and along the neckline. Although it’s not a weight loss solution, it is excellent for contouring and defining the chin and jawline area, making it a popular choice for those who are at a normal weight but struggle with localized fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. By eliminating these fat deposits, chin liposuction can significantly reduce the appearance of a double chin, leading to a more balanced and harmonious facial profile. However, Dr. Daube prefers to discuss options such as a Facelift, Facetite, or Zplasty of the neck to achieve the best results.

What can I expect after chin liposuction?

After undergoing chin liposuction, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area, which are common post-operative experiences. These symptoms typically subside within a few days to weeks. A compression garment may be recommended to help reduce swelling and support the new contour of your chin as it heals. Minor oozing of blood may occur immediately after surgery, and patients are advised to keep their head elevated and avoid strenuous activities during the initial recovery phase. Most patients notice an immediate change in their profile, but the final results will become more apparent as the swelling decreases over time.

How long does it take to recover from chin liposuction?

The recovery period for chin liposuction can vary, but most patients are able to return to non-strenuous activities within a few days. Swelling and bruising may take a few weeks to fully resolve. Patients are advised to follow post-operative instructions carefully, including keeping their head elevated, avoiding direct sun exposure, and refraining from heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for several weeks. It’s important to attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure proper healing. Full recovery and the final shaping of the chin area might take a few months as the body fully adapts to the new contours.

How soon can I get back to work after double chin liposuction?

The timeframe for returning to work after double chin liposuction depends on the nature of your job and how you feel post-surgery. Many patients find they can return to work within a few days, especially if their job is not physically demanding. However, if your job involves heavy lifting or strenuous activities, it may be advisable to take more time off. It’s important to listen to your body and consult with your surgeon about when it’s safe to resume work and other daily activities.

How does liposuction remove fat from your chin?

Liposuction removes fat from the chin area through a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as submental lipectomy. During the procedure, a small incision is typically made under the chin or in a discreet location. A cannula—a thin, hollow tube—is then inserted through the incision. The cannula is used to loosen the fat cells in the chin and neck area. Once loosened, these fat cells are suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula. This process reduces fat deposits, contours the chin and neck, and enhances the overall profile, making the area appear smoother and more defined.

Is liposuction for double chin worth it?

For many people, liposuction for a double chin is worth it, especially if they are bothered by excess fat under the chin that does not respond to diet and exercise. This procedure can significantly improve the appearance of the chin and neck, leading to a more defined and youthful profile. The results are typically long-lasting, provided that a stable weight is maintained. Many patients report increased confidence and satisfaction with their appearance post-procedure. However, as with any cosmetic surgery, the decision should be based on realistic expectations, good overall health, and a thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon who can provide personalized advice based on individual needs and conditions. Dr. Daube will often discuss alternative or additional procedures such as a Facelift, Facetite, or Necklift to ensure optimal results.

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