If you have extra fat under your chin that makes your face look chubby or that makes your neck look old and sagging, you may want to consider having liposuction. Liposuction can be done under your chin just like it can be done around your belly and hips to remove unwanted fat. When the fat is gone, your chin, neck, and jawline will look younger and firmer. Here are a few things to know.
How The Procedure Is Done
Chin and neck liposuction is performed by a cosmetic surgeon in the office or clinic. It can often be done with a local anesthetic and medication to relax you. However, in some cases, general anesthesia is required. The doctor makes tiny incisions in an inconspicuous place under the chin or jaw so a small catheter can be inserted. The catheter is used to remove fat cells with suction. This is a very precise procedure when it is done around your face. In addition to removing excess fat, the doctor sculpts your face by removing fat in certain areas and leaving it in others so the results look completely natural. Because the incisions are so tiny, they are nearly invisible when they heal.
Deciding If Chin Liposuction Is Right For You
If you are close to your ideal weight, and your weight rarely fluctuates, then you may be the ideal candidate for this type of surgery. If you have a habit of yo-yo dieting, you'll want to get your doctor's opinion about how substantial weight gain or loss would affect the results of liposuction. Besides a stable weight, another thing to consider is your skin elasticity. It's best if your skin has good elastic quality because then it will pull back against your neck and jaw as it tightens after surgery. If you have poor elasticity, it doesn't mean you can't have liposuction, but it may mean you'll need to have some excess skin removed too so your skin doesn't sag once you've healed.
What To Expect During Recovery
You will probably wear a compression bandage after the surgery to help you heal properly. The compression stimulates blood flow and decreases swelling. You may need to wear this for several days, so unless you work at home or in a private setting, you may need to take off from work for a week or so. Your doctor can advise you beforehand based on the extent of your surgery about how long you'll need to take off from work. When the bandage is removed, you'll probably have bruising and some swelling under your chin and around your jaw. You can cover the bruises with makeup, but you'll have to let the swelling go away on its own, which can take a few weeks. As the swelling gradually goes away, the results of your surgery will slowly emerge. You'll see some results right away, but you won't see the final effects until all the swelling is gone and your chin is fully healed.
Since the first thing people notice about you is your facial appearance, having chin liposuction can boost your confidence and self-esteem. Whether you have excess fat under your chin from genetics, aging, or because your weight redistributed after a heavy weight gain and loss, a cosmetic surgeon may be able to help with a simple liposuction procedure that can alter your appearance and make you feel good about the way you look.