Submentoplasty is a less-invasive procedure as the single incision is required to remove the chin fat and tightens the chin. If you have a double chin then doctors recommend chin liposuction. With ageing, stress about chin region increases, excess fat is a problem which anyone can relate to, and chin fat isn’t totally linked with obesity, genes also play a role in getting a hanging chin. To overcome this issue, we have two surgical options which are less painful and effective at the same time.
Patients who feel they have weak chin on profile may consider submentoplasty or chin liposuction. It can be done under the chin area and lower face may be done on its own, submentoplasty and chin/neck liposuction can be combined with fat grafting, eyelid surgery or facelift. It is recommended to lose some weight before selecting chin liposuction or submentoplasty, liposuction can yield excellent results in the chin area. Often the skin in the chin and neck area redrape nicely, after the fat removal, leading to a much improved contour.
A submentoplasty is a very popular procedure for the people who are around 30 or 40 because they don’t have extremely hanging skin just the ones who are in their 50 or 60. Also the skin of old aged people loses elasticity over time fails to contract. In this procedure, the limited quantity of skin is removed and sometimes there is no need for skin removal. It gives a nice finishing to the jawline by making it sharper and prominent. You can also add this procedure with other procedures like a chin implant. The right candidates for submentoplasty are:
- Overall health is good
- You have undesirable fat under the chin
- You are younger
- Want to reduce sagging, excess fat in the neck
- Genetically swollen chin and neck
- You have ample time for pre and post-surgery
- If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is more than the normal
Sometimes this combined with a facelift as along with the chin ear and area under the eye also stores unnecessary fat. Also, submentoplasty is very safe for men because they aren’t much anxious and worried about the cut on the neck.
Doctors perform this surgery in their office or clinic. Begins the procedure with IV sedation and some amount of propofol or midazolam is given to the patient. Submentoplasty procedure doesn’t require pre and post-surgical incision to manage the chin skin. A metal cannula is used. A tiny cut will be made inferior to the submental crease. This small incision hides the scar. If your skin is loose, a doctor will remove the fat and skin and if tightening is required then stitches will be applied.
The recovery process depends upon the intensity of the procedure, usually, this procedure isn’t super invasive so you can expect a recovery in a month or two. The doctor will give you an elastic compression belt or strap and that you have to wear for 15-20 days. Expect bruising and swelling for 1-2 weeks. The bandage helps in burying swelling and for quick healing, you have to wear this bandage every day for 24 hours (except bathing) for some days. If there is a particular proportion of extra fat or the patient is aged, one should include facelift also, because it prevents advance ageing.
Cost of Submentoplasty
On average, the cost is around $1000-$5000. The cost will vary widely according to where you live, how much experience your surgeon has and whether any other technique is involved. Submentoplasty is typically done with sedation so you can save a few bucks but if your doctor is using anaesthesia then the cost can increase.
As submentoplasty is a cosmetic technique, the insurance company will not cover a single penny but take advice from insurance provider about promotional financing and or other easy on pocket plans to help offset the expense. Your cosmetic surgeon advice you to go for a combination of different procedures along with submentoplasty to enhance the chin’s shape. Ask about the total cost of submentoplasty in your first appointment to avoid any confusion.
- Chin Liposuction
Liposuction is a very popular and common procedure and works best if you are tired of excess fat around your chin, neck and face. Despite your best efforts chin fat deposits still linger. Chin liposuction is also known as chin lipectomy or chin liposculpture.
It slims down the chin and neck and reshapes it by giving a most youthful appearance. It is an instant and very less complex which will take your facial profile to the next level. It resolves the turkey neck in minutes. Right candidates for chin liposuction are:
- Excess fat only in the chin and not in other areas of the body
- The realistic approach towards the liposuction as it is a sculpting procedure
- Average weight
- Elasticity is of the chin and neck skin is acceptable
- Physically and psychologically healthy is good
- Pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise
If you want to cut down the fat deposits only this procedure is enough as it is very effective so if you don’t combine it with other procedures then also it is ok. In the patients above 40, there can be an appearance of extra skin if muscle tightening isn’t involved.
The procedure of Chin Liposuction
- Before the Chin Liposuction procedure:
If you are a smoker then stop smoking at least 1 week before the procedure because it causes disturbance in the healing process. Discuss with the doctor about your existing conditions, specific medicines and supplements which you are taking. If the doctor says then stop blood-thinning medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen. If the doctor suggests antibiotics then take them without fail. Avoid alcohol consumption 1-2 days before the chin liposuction.
- During the Chin Liposuction
Surgeon and team will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure, so either local or general anaesthesia is used, usually for short incisions local is used but to provide a greater margin of safety many surgeons select general. Tiny incisions will be made around the chin and neck area and this will not make any apparent scars. The operation takes usually 60-80 minutes if it is about the chin and neck but can get extended if other areas are required to treat. Use of cannula ( a rubber tube) is done, its work is to move back and forth to break fat into small pieces. Chin will be sculpted precisely to give it a slimmer, firmer, sharp and desired look.
There are some risks in the operation such as bruising, reactions to the medications and anaesthesia, scars, removal of too much or too little fat, infection, failure to achieve your desired look and bleeding. Discuss it with a doctor if you find anything post-surgery for more than usual he/she will find a solution for you.
- After The Chin Liposuction
To reduce the risk of such possibilities you need to skip the guidelines given by the surgeon after the process. Wear special dressing for several days while you rest and recover. Avoid going out for work, if possible do it at home. Must report changes in the condition so that the doctor can find an alternative for you.
Recovery of Chin Liposuction
If you are experiencing less bleeding, scarring and swelling then recovery is relatively easy. If you have gone through local anesthesia then chin liposuction is very safe. Compression garment is needed to wear until doctor allows you to remove it and that too day and night. As tissues will need to be treated gently for smooth recovery, avoid sun exposure. Results are recognizable almost immediately and will continue to improve as swelling, bleeding and scarring subsides. Any potential problems could result in need for additional recovery or extra surgery.
If everything is normal, then you can go at office or work after 2 weeks, but take a month off from intense exercises. The results of chin liposuction are permanent, if you were to gain large amount of weight due to pregnancy or any other reason then rippling will be seen in the treated areas, it varies from skin to skin. Wear scarves or special products to avoid infection if your occupation demands physical work. Please take time to consider this operation carefully and clear all your doubts with doctor about process and recovery.
Risks associated with Liposuction
As this a surgical technique, risks are there. Risks include:
- Skin discolouration
- Collection of fluid under the chin
- Scar tissue
In the people with extremely sensitive skin additional risks are fat embolism, shock, and intense infection. But if you have excellent and skilled surgeons then there is nothing to worry about.
Cost of Chin Liposuction
Cost of chin liposuction is around $1500 – $4500. Some hospitals also offer different financing options like cards and checks. Also choose a doctor which provides long lasting results.