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What is Submental Liposuction?

Submental liposuction, also known as chin liposuction or neck liposuction, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at removing excess fat deposits from the submental region, which is the area just below the chin and above the neck. This procedure helps to contour and redefine the jawline, creating a more defined and youthful appearance. 

During submental liposuction, tumescent, a solution containing saline solution, local anesthetic, and a blood vessel constrictor, is carefully infiltrated into the targeted area. This solution minimizes blood loss, offers improved post-procedure pain relief, and makes it easier to remove excess fat via the cannula. A tiny incision is made either underneath the chin and/or behind the ears, and a thin cannula (a hollow tube) is inserted and moved back and forth to break up and then suction out the unwanted fat cells. 

What to Expect During Your Submental Liposuction Consultation

Dr. Lipin believes that a successful submental liposuction procedure begins with a comprehensive consultation, ensuring that the patient’s desired outcomes align with their vision. During the consultation, Dr. Lipin attentively listens to the patient’s concerns, goals, and expectations while conducting a thorough examination of the neck and chin area. With her deep understanding of facial anatomy and aesthetic harmony, Dr. Lipin provides personalized recommendations that consider the patient’s specific desired and achievable results.

Dr. Lipin will assess if the fullness under the chin and along the jawline is due to excess fat in the pre-platysmal layer of the neck, which is particularly suitable for submental liposuction. If the submental fullness is due to muscle laxity, or fat deposition deep to the platysma muscle, she will recommend a deep neck lift. Additionally, Dr. Lipin will assess the elasticity of the skin to ensure optimal healing as submental liposuction does not address loose or sagging skin.

With Dr. Lipin’s expertise, you can confidently achieve a slimmer and more contoured jawline and neck, helping you look and feel like the best version of yourself.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Submental Liposuction?

Submental liposuction is often performed on individuals who have a double chin or excess fat in the neck area that is resistant to diet and exercise. It is important to note that submental liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but rather a technique for targeted fat reduction to enhance facial aesthetics. Submental liposuction is commonly performed as a standalone procedure, but it can also be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as chin augmentations or facelifts to achieve a more comprehensive result. The suitability of submental liposuction as a treatment option will depend on various factors, including the individual’s overall health, skin elasticity, anatomy, and aesthetic goals. 

A good candidate for submental liposuction is in good physical and emotional health, does not smoke or use any form of nicotine-containing products, has realistic expectations about the healing process and outcome of surgery, and will work with Dr. Lipin and her team’s pre-operative and post-operative treatment regimen to ensure optimal healing and recovery. 

Submental Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions

Submental liposuction is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation. This combination ensures your comfort throughout the procedure, and you will be closely monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure your safety.

Dr. Lipin performs submental liposuction at Northside Hospital Midtown, a state-of-the-art surgical facility. The surgery will be conducted in an operating room, providing a sterile, safe, and controlled environment for the procedure.

Following liposuction, patients can expect swelling, mild bruising, and some discomfort in the treated area. To alleviate these symptoms during the healing process, compression garments or elastic bandages are typically worn. Patients who undergo liposuction can generally return to work and regular activities once they feel comfortable, usually within 3 to 5 days. However, strenuous exercise and other vigorous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

The results of liposuction may not be immediately noticeable due to swelling and bruising, which usually subside within a week or two. Complete resolution of swelling typically occurs within a few months. Due to the small incisions used for the cannula, scarring is minimal. Liposuction results are long-lasting unless there is a significant weight gain.