When patients are considering plastic surgery to help them look younger, they tend to immediately think of a facelift. However, as I’ve explained to many patients throughout over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, a facelift isn’t always the best option. Everyone ages in their own way, so if plastic surgery will help you reach your aesthetic goals, it needs to be customized to you, and for some patients, Band Aid Liposuction is the best way to help them look younger. No, we’re not talking about slimming down saddlebags—we’re talking about removing excess fat from under the chin.
The chin is one of those areas where any unwanted fat is particularly difficult to lose. Unfortunately for those who are concerned about signs of aging, excess fat below the chin (known as a “double chin”) also creates the appearance of sagging skin, making you look both older and heavier. For patients whose skin is still rather young and firm, Band Aid Liposuction alone may produce the results they’re looking for, while patients whose skin has lost firmness with age may benefit from a combination of Band Aid Liposuction and a neck lift.
Band Aid Liposuction is part of my signature line of Band Aid cosmetic procedures that aim to produce natural-looking results without the need for general anesthesia or extensive downtime. Band Aid Liposuction is used to remove small amounts of fat from areas like the jowls, as well as the arms, abdomen, thighs, behind the elbows, or around the knees, and the entire procedure is performed in my office with gentle numbing.
While seeing great cosmetic surgery results is an exciting and confidence-building experience, these results can diminish over time, so I encourage every patient to follow these steps to keep their chin and neck looking young and slim for longer:
- Maintain a healthy weight. While liposuction removes fat cells, the remaining cells can still store additional fat, so it is still possible to gain weight both under the chin as well as throughout the rest of your body.
- Slow your skin’s aging. While the aging process itself may be inevitable, you can slow it down by wearing sunscreen every day, not smoking, and following a healthy daily skincare regimen.
- Address signs of aging as they arise. Even simple, non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Skin Tightening can significantly improve the look of aging facial and neck skin, and results can last as long as two years.
For some patients, Band Aid Liposuction can be the perfect way to achieve the results they’re looking for without the expense and downtime that traditional liposuction requires. Ultimately, however, every patient is unique and one of the most important parts of planning plastic surgery is finding the procedure that’s best suited to your specific needs and goals. To start discussing your aesthetic concerns and how traditional or minimally invasive cosmetic surgery may be able to help, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date on the latest plastic surgery news, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.