When people think of liposuction, their first thought is typically of the abdomen. But the procedure is a surprisingly versatile way to remove localized pockets of fat from nearly any area of the body. In fact, removing excess fat under the chin and throughout the jowls can be a successful addition to a facelift or my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Face Lift. After all, for facial rejuvenation patients, fine-tuning the “double chin” area can enhance their results while also giving them a more slender appearance. If you’re considering fat removal under your chin, here’s an overview to give you a better understanding of the procedure:
Liposuction under the chin is performed through very tiny incisions. In order to minimize bleeding and post-surgical discomfort, I typically use an advanced technique known as tumescent liposuction. In this method, I first inject a specialized solution (which includes lidocaine as well as other medications intended to constrict the local blood vessels). A narrow metal tube called a microcannula is then used to break up the targeted fat, and suction removes these fat cells through the same cannula. After I’ve carefully created a precise new contour, the liposuction incisions are closed cleanly (sometimes even without the need for sutures) for minimal scarring.
The recovery for facial liposuction is rather simple—most patients are back to work within a few days to a week. Keep in mind that it can take weeks for swelling and bruising to fully fade so that you can see your newly sculpted silhouette, but the long-term results for “double chin” liposuction can be exceptional for patients who take measures to maintain their pre-surgical weight.
Many neck liposuction patients are actually candidates for a specialized procedure I developed called Band Aid Liposuction. Designed for very small and precise areas of excess fat, Band Aid Liposuction employs minimally invasive techniques so that it can be performed in my comfortable office setting using gentle numbing, rather than general anesthesia. The result is surgery with less recovery time, less swelling and bruising, and a lower cost.
It’s crucial to recognize that liposuction is essentially a “spot treatment” for specific areas of fat. It is not a weight loss method, but it can actually be a perfect way to enjoy the results of your weight loss program by resolving stubborn bulges which remain after you reach your goal. Whether you’re considering liposuction to finish off your journey toward better health or you’ve simply always been bothered by disproportionate fat distribution, the first step is a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Call my office to schedule your consultation today. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery information and health tips, follow John L. LeRoy, MD on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.