When it comes to liposuction, it tends to be the stomach, buttocks, and thighs that we most often think of as candidates for a good, fast, minimally-invasive fat-fighting treatment.
But the chin is an equally needy area for the simple surgical procedure. It may be higher on the list than other body areas since we should cover those in clothing daily. But what to do about that excessive fatty tissue that leaves us looking aged and mars our silhouette and profile? Or worse, gives us that dreaded double-chin?
Chin liposuction is an excellent treatment option for a majority of patients. Looking at its pros and cons? Here are the most important things you’ll want to consider:
Benefits of Chin Liposuction
The chin is prominent and exposed.
Unless you live in cold weather all year-round, your chin is very likely exposed to the world each time you head out. For errands. For dates. For business meetings. And that’s just as it should be. But if you are experiencing jowls and sagging tissue, you’ll probably want to have those removed for a fast and noticeable improvement in your overall complexion and appearance.
You can’t spot-reduce fat, even on the chin
Do you have any “chin exercises” on the top of your mind? They do exist, but their effectiveness is suspect. It’s an odd bit of the anatomy since it’s a place that excess fat tends to camp out. And, contrary to popular belief, you can’t spot-reduce fat in any one area of the body but would need to lose fat “everywhere” to sufficiently impact the chin and neck. And that could take a while since it’s so stubborn.
Chin liposuction can be done under local anesthesia
Your surgeon will determine whether local or general anesthesia is best suited to your particular case in a personal consultation. In many cases, however, local anesthesia is sufficient for the procedure.
Chin liposuction takes under an hour
Despite its prominence, the chin isn’t a huge area of the body. Liposuction here should take well under an hour in most cases.
The chin and neck are strongly impacted by aging
The chin and neck regions are two areas where the early signs of aging tend to appear most premature and most prominently. Liposuction of the chin helps reduce the build-up of fat naturally with hormonal fluctuations and other physical changes.
Chin liposuction is minimally invasive
The procedure is considered minimally invasive as no linear incisions are made. A special surgical cannula is inserted and used to suction out the fatty tissue safely. Results are seen quickly, and side effects are minimal.
Chin liposuction is the fastest way to get rid of a double chin
If you’re looking for the quickest way to get rid of that double-chin, it’s chin liposuction that is your best bet for all of the reasons above.
Downsides to Chin Liposuction
Despite its many benefits, there are a few downsides to chin liposuction that are worth considering when considering the procedure.
You’ll need some time off for rest and recovery
While each patient reacts differently to the procedure, most should expect a downtime and recovery period of 3 to 5 days and be prepared to wear a chin strap potentially.
Chin liposuction is excellent for fat reduction but not for skin laxity
Liposuction of the chin removes fatty deposits from beneath the skin but doesn’t significantly alter skin laxity, which may require a different type of treatment.
Patients over the age of 60 may need additional skin tightening
After having liposuction, patients over about 60 may require another procedure to treat sagging skin to reach the cosmetic results they’re after.
Please contact our office for more information on chin liposuction or a personal consultation.