If you’re having a hard time putting your best face forward due to a double chin, you’re not alone. Chin augmentations accounted for more than 11,000 plastic surgery procedures in 2014 alone.
Submental liposuction, also known as the area under the chin, is often thought of as an important factor in overall facial symmetry and attractiveness. Excessive skin and fat deposits underneath the chin and in the neck can be hereditary or the result of weight gain.
A “double chin” can detract greatly from a person’s self esteem and opinion of theirappearance. A double chin can remain despite weight loss and exercise, often a lingering unchanged area of an otherwise changed appearance.
Liposuction under the chin can be performed to remove excess fat and restore a desired contour to the neck and jawline. This procedure not only eliminates a double chin, but also creates a more defined facial profile and brings various areas of the face into equal proportion.
During this procedure, a small incision is made below the chin and eventually hidden in the natural crease of the skin. Additional incisions are also made behind the earsand a cannula (metal tube) uses a suction motion to remove fat. Fine sutures are then used to close the incisions.
After liposuction under the chin is performed, only light activities are recommended. In addition, the head should remain elevated. A large cotton wrap will be used over most of the head and neck to reduce swelling, and is removed the first day after surgery. Although slight swelling and bruising is expected, it willclear upwithin a short period of time.
Sutures are removed within five days and small tapesused to protect the incisions. Most patients only need oral pain medication and are able to return to work within a week.