What Is Submental Liposuction?
Submental liposuction is a surgical outpatient procedure that aims to permanently remove fatty tissue from under the chin and the upper portion of the neck, commonly referred to as a “double chin”. The objectives of the procedure are to sharpen the jawline and contour the neck for an overall naturally-sculpted look. As opposed to other techniques that minimize the fat under the chin in multiple sessions, submental liposuction is a popular one-and-done procedure that removes stubborn fat for a more youthful, revitalized look.
Submental Liposuction Technique
Our surgeons have spent years perfecting the skill of submental liposuction. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia that wears off in a few hours, much like going to the dentist. Before surgery, patients are given oral sedation for relaxation, after which a solution is placed in the submental area for complete numbness during the procedure. Three to four small incisions, about two millimeters long, are placed discreetly behind the ears and under the chin to be able to access subcutaneous fat with a small cannula specially designed for facial liposuction. Our board-certified surgeons are then able to manipulate the cannula attached to a suction machine which extracts fat cells. Fat is necessary for contouring of the body, therefore about 90% of what one can pinch is removed from the treatment area.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate?
Ideal candidates for submental liposuction are patients with good skin elasticity who maintain a generally healthy lifestyle. Results are influenced by a variety of factors such as diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption.
What to Expect
The procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, after which the patient is comfortably able to be discharged as soon as 15 minutes after the procedure is complete. Downtime for submental liposuction ranges from a couple days to a week, during which a headwrap must be worn to minimize swelling and bruising, as well as keeping the head elevated. To ease the recovery process, patients may take painkillers as prescribed by the doctor. Patients must not exert themselves, expose their incisions to the sun, or high heat (i.e hot showers, saunas, hot tubs) for three to four weeks. Included in the price of your surgery are three treatments designed for wound-healing in the weeks following your surgery. Full recovery ranges from three to six months.