Chin Liposuction – Submental Liposuction
If you’re looking to improve your neck contour, chisel your jawline, or get rid of a double chin, there are a few things you can do. However, the most effective way to remove unwanted fat from the lower face is with submental liposuction, more commonly referred to as chin liposuction.
Neck or chin liposuction achieves a more sculpted and defined neckline and jawline. This specific procedure works exceptionally well for patients at or close to their ideal weight but struggles with stubborn fat under the chin.
Why Get Double Chin Surgery?
For some, unwanted fat accumulates in the neck and chin and is often not receptive to more traditional ways to lose fat, like weight loss. Like any other plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, there are quite a few factors to consider before undergoing any type of liposuction.
Things like chin liposuction recovery and costs are two of the most frequently asked questions. Read on for more information about chin liposuction to help you decide if this is the right treatment.
What is Chin Liposuction?
Many people rely on chin lipo to achieve a more chiseled jawline, smooth a double chin, and contour the face to appear slimmer. The latest chin liposuction techniques make this cosmetic procedure generally very safe and effective.
Chin lipo works by reducing the build-up of unwanted fat caused by weight gain, age, hormones, or other physical changes. The procedure is considered minimally invasive only uses small incisions and a special surgical cannula to suction out fat cells. Chin lipo delicately rids your chin and neck area of unwanted fat, creating a defined neck contour and jawline definition.
How Does Chin Liposuction Work?
Submental liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure done under local anesthesia. It’s a relatively quick surgery that offers dramatic final results. Chin lipo does not require general anesthesia or expensive plastic surgery. That said, if you have a lot of excess skin in your neck area, facial plastic surgery like a facelift or neck lift may be a better choice.
Small incisions are made in the treatment area to introduce tumescent anesthesia. Chin liposuction procedures are generally under an hour. There are various chin lipo techniques like SmartLipo, which can help with skin tightening and reduce the appearance of loose skin.
What Happens on Surgery Day?
Chin lipo is a minimally invasive procedure done under tumescent local anesthesia. The area is so small that it only takes a few minutes to achieve transformational results. Chin lipo is well suited for younger or older patients with excess fat under the chin.
We perform chin liposuction using local tumescent anesthesia. Before the surgery, you’ll most likely receive mild oral sedation. This is to help keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire time you’re with us. Your doctor will use small cannulas to remove fat and contour your chin and neck area leaving you with balanced facial features. In most cases, you’ll stay in one of our recovery rooms for a short monitoring period. This is to ensure your body is reacting well to the procedure. Once the doctor feels it’s safe for you to return home, you’ll get the “ok” to leave.
The local anesthetic wears off after a few hours. However, it’s not permitted to drive after receiving liposuction. We suggest organizing a ride home with a trusted friend or family member. Once you’re home, it’s best to rest for the remainder of the day. Read on to learn more about chin liposuction recovery and what to expect.
Chin Liposuction Recovery
Naturally, you’re probably concerned about what the recovery will be like after chin lipo. Will it hurt? Do you have to take time off of work? We’re covering everything you need to know about recovering from your chin liposuction surgery.
What Can You Expect Post-Op?
Mild discomfort after the procedure can be expected for 2-5 days. It would be best if you rested for 48 hours after the procedure. The chin strap will help ease discomfort. Most patients can return to work the next day, but if you’re concerned about having to wear the compression garment to work, it’s best to take a couple of days off. Chin liposuction surgery only requires a few small incisions in the treatment area. These incisions are generally hidden beneath the chin, jawline, or behind the ears, making them virtually undetectable after you finish healing. These incisions do not require sutures and naturally heal with little to no scarring within a few days.
Taking Care of Yourself After Double Chin Surgery
During your recovery period, it’s essential to follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions and take good care of yourself. While this particular cosmetic surgery comes with minimal risks and recovery time, your body still needs adequate time to heal.
Below are some tips and important rules to follow during your recovery time.
- Avoid Strenuous Activities – Avoid strenuous exercise for 4 weeks. If you overdo it during your recovery, your body can take longer to heal. Also, your neck area may be sore and tender for a few weeks, so it’s best to stick to minimal activity to help avoid blood clots after surgery.
- Wear the Compression Garment – All chin lipo patients must wear a compression garment for the first 72 hours after surgery. This garment helps speed up the healing process and reduces swelling and bruising. The chin strap should be worn 24/7 unless instructed by your doctor.
- Have Your Medications Handy – Some patients will receive prescription pain medication, or you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Advil. Keep your pain medications and a glass of water in an accessible spot like your nightstand in case you experience discomfort during the night. For some, pain relievers are unnecessary.
- Eat a Healthy Diet – You can help speed up the recovery process by eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This way, you can guarantee your body gets the best nutrients during recovery. In addition, these essential nutrients help rebuild damaged tissues.
If you’re considering taking dietary supplements, be sure to ask your doctor beforehand. You may also have to stop taking supplements or vitamins before your surgical procedure.
- Drink a Lot of Water – It’s necessary to stay hydrated in recovery so your body can flush out toxins and rebuild tissues quicker.
Side Effects and Potential Complications of Neck Liposuction
Before undergoing any plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery, it’s important to know what to expect during the healing process. Chin liposuction is a safe, common, and generally low-risk procedure. That said, all surgical procedures come with potential side effects. Here’s what to look out for during your recovery time from chin lipo.
Minor bleeding is common. You may have small amounts of draining from the treatment area for the first several days after the procedure.
Bruising is another typical side effect. During chin liposuction recovery, bruising under the chin and in the neck area is expected. Most bruises heal after 2-3 weeks.
Swelling is normal after chin lipo. The swelling will improve over 3-6 months. You may only notice the final results once the swelling subsides. Refrain from strenuous activity to help ease the swelling.
You might experience itching at the incision sites for a few days.
Tightness, pressure, pain, soreness, and fatigue are typical after surgery. Discomfort should go away several days following surgery as your body recovers.
Some patients experience temporary numbness under the chin or jawline following liposuction. This is temporary and will resolve over time without medical intervention.
What Kind of Results Can You Expect After Double Chin Surgery?
Downtime is minimal, and as your body begins to reproduce more collagen and heal, you’ll notice the results of your fat removal procedure. Good candidates for chin lipo will generally heal completely after 6 months post-op. However, most of our patients see improvements almost immediately.
Chin Lipo eliminates excess fat to restore a defined jawline. It can help you get rid of:
- A double chin
- Sagging jowls
- Fat deposits along your jawline
Chin Liposuction Cost
If you’re considering chin liposuction to help enhance your facial features, another thing to consider is the cost. Double chin surgery fees will vary depending on the treated areas, how much extra fat is removed, and a few other factors.
What Factors Influence Neck Liposuction Costs?
The cost of chin lipo will vary from patient to patient. Whenever you’re considering cosmetic surgery, remember that multiple factors can affect the cost of your procedure. These can include:
- Your provider’s experience, credentials, and expertise.
For your protection, facial liposuction should be performed by a licensed physician. Board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatological, facial plastic, or cosmetic surgeons can safely perform chin lipo. The procedure involves making small incisions in the neck area and requires an experienced, steady hand with the cannula.
Finding a provider with extensive experience is critical to reducing the risks of complications like nerve damage, asymmetrical results, or uneven fat removal. An experienced surgeon will know how to avoid adverse side effects, giving you a better probability of outstanding final results.
- The type of anesthesia you get.
Chin liposuction is a relatively simple surgical procedure usually performed with local anesthesia and sedation, meaning you’re awake but relaxed and pain-free. Getting a local anesthetic is cheaper than general anesthesia and is considered a much safer, less invasive option. It also reduces the recovery time and doesn’t cause as much grogginess or fatigue.
If you’re planning to combine your chin liposuction procedure with other plastic surgery like a neck lift or a facelift, you’ll likely have to be asleep to ensure you’re safe and comfortable.
- Where your procedure is done.
Plastic surgery costs more in specific areas of the country. For example, New York or LA will have higher fees than other metropolitan areas. The surgical facility can also help determine your overall chin lipo cost. Facilities fees will rise if surgery is performed in a hospital. Private surgery centers are usually more cost-effective.
Especially if you consult with more than one surgeon, ask them about their preferred chin lipo technology and how that will affect your cost.
- Other cosmetic procedures you get with chin liposuction.
Chin liposuction can be performed with complementary procedures, like liposuction in other areas of the body to address unwanted fat or even a chin augmentation for a more pronounced jawline. That said, some patients may want to reuse or recycle fat deposits and reinject them in other areas of the body. For example, fat cells can be harvested, sterilized, and injected into the breasts for natural breast augmentation or the buttocks for a BBL.
Including another procedure alongside chin lipo will naturally add to the overall cost. However, you can save money on facility fees and anesthesia costs compared to getting each procedure done separately.
- Medications, recovery supplies, & other fees.
Preoperative labs, antibiotics to prevent infection, post-op supplies, and follow-up visits should also be included in the overall cost. Most patients are given prescription pain medication to remain comfortable during recovery. In addition, you’ll likely have to wear a chin compression garment after surgery. The compression garment fits snugly above your neckline and helps reduce swelling and keep the treated area lifted and taut as it heals.
For reference, here’s what’s included in your price at Infini Phoenix Liposuction.
- Pre-op labs
- Facility fees
- All operative anesthesia and medication fees
- The procedure itself
- Compression garment
- All follow-up visits
Standard Versus Extended Submental Liposuction Costs
“Standard” submental liposuction specifically decreases or removes a double chin. This particular liposuction technique removes fat cells only in the chin area, not the jawline. On average, “Standard” submental liposuction costs around $2,750.
“Extended” submental liposuction is slightly more in-depth. This technique also removes the horizontal “band” of excess fat that some people have beneath the jawline. This is a better cosmetic surgery for anyone looking to recuse the appearance of heaviness in the neck. “Extended” submental liposuction can also successfully remove a double chin if that’s an area for concern. On average, “Extended” submental liposuction costs around $3,200.
Is Chin Liposuction Worth The Cost?
If you have fat deposits unresponsive to diet and exercise, chin lipo can help you achieve a slimmer lower face. Most patients are satisfied with this procedure. With that being said, not everyone is a good candidate for chin liposuction. Good skin elasticity and collagen are critical. Patients lacking good skin elasticity may experience loose skin after the procedure.
Nonsurgical treatments for eliminating a fatty chin like Kybella and CoolSculpting are more affordable but can’t achieve the same dramatic results as chin lipo. Injections can provide slight skin tightening but can’t address fat deposits along your jawline. For the most noticeable results, tumescent liposuction is the best option. The treatment area may be slightly sore, but most report that the cost and overall surgery are well worth it.
Are There Any Specials or Discounts?
Occasionally, you can find reduced prices or discounts on chin lipo. Another way to help pay for your liposuction procedure is with special financing. For some, it’s not feasible to pay in full for a cosmetic procedure upfront. If you can’t afford the cost of liposuction but still want to achieve a slimmer profile and get rid of your double chin for good, there are other options.
At Infini, we’ve partnered with finance companies to offer you financing. This way, you can receive your chin lipo procedure and pay for the surgery in monthly installments that work with your budget.
Schedule Your Chin Lipo Procedure
The Phoenix Liposuction Center™ is known for being one of the most trusted medical facilities in the area. Schedule your chin liposuction consultation today to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. We also offer virtual consultations if you can’t make it to our office.