Chin (or submental) liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes excess fat below the jawline. This cosmetic procedure may be just what you need if you’re looking to improve the appearance of a “double chin” that has accumulated in the area over the years. Getting chin liposuction can help you contour your features and achieve a firmer, smoother neck with better jawline definition.
Dr. Alexander Ovchinsky is renowned for his skill with complex facial plastic surgery techniques and can help boost your confidence with this simple, yet effective procedure. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery of Short Hills in New Jersey or Brooklyn by calling (973) 379-0101, or by contacting us online.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Chin Liposuction
- 3 Benefits of Chin Liposuction
- 4 Who is a Candidate for Chin Liposuction?
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Preparation
- 7 Chin Liposuction Procedure
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Results
- 10 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 11 How Much Does Chin Liposuction Cost in New Jersey?
- 12 FAQ
- 13 References
Before and After Photos
About Chin Liposuction
The appearance of a double chin depends on how the fat cells in the body are distributed, which is why it’s a possibility even for people who are slender. If you’ve already tried diet and exercise but you’re still unable to eliminate these fat deposits, this procedure may be right for you.
Chin liposuction aims to help patients get rid of this dilemma by removing the fat cells that build up directly under the chin. (1) Undergoing this procedure can help you improve the shape and contours of your neck and chin—and achieve that well-defined facial profile you deserve.
Benefits of Chin Liposuction
As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, submental liposuction is also one of the safest. (2) The surgery is extremely customizable, and Dr. Ovchinsky tailors his surgical technique to each individual patient rather than using the same “run of the mill” surgery on everybody. The technique he uses causes minimal pain, has natural results, and is long-lasting. The vast majority of patients are quite surprised by how little discomfort they experience and how quickly they can return to normal activity. With Dr. Ovchinsky’s technique and attention to detail during skin closure, scars are typically minimal and are often difficult to see once they have fully matured.
Who is a Candidate for Chin Liposuction?
Chin liposuction—as with all other plastic surgery procedures—may not be for everyone. The best way to determine if this approach is right for you is to talk to your doctor and discuss your condition and concerns with them. You may be a good candidate for chin liposuction if you:
- Have excess fat under the chin even after diet and exercise
- Have good skin elasticity
- Have good muscle tone
- Are in good physical shape and overall health
- Aren’t overweight or obese
- Don’t smoke
You may not be a good candidate for chin liposuction if you:
- Don’t have much fat under the chin and the fullness is mainly due to skin and/or muscle laxity
- Are a heavy smoker
- Have chronic health problems
- Have a weak immune system
- Are overweight
- Have saggy skin
- Have a history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or seizures
- Take certain medications like blood thinners, which may result in heavy bleeding
During your chin liposuction consultation, Dr. Ovchinsky will analyze your neck and chin tissues, as well as review your medical history. After this, we can answer any questions you have about the details of the chin liposuction procedure. Depending on your condition and personal goals, he may recommend an additional cosmetic procedure to further complement your results. To schedule your personal consultation at Plastic Surgery of Short Hills, call (973) 379-0101 or fill out this form.
We will provide you with personalized instructions on how to best prepare for your procedure. If you are on “blood thinners,” you will be asked to stop them approximately one week prior to surgery after consulting with your medical doctor. We also ask that you avoid certain over-the-counter medications. If you are taking some herbal supplements, you should stop those as well as they may contain blood-thinning substances. If you smoke, you should stop at least two weeks before surgery.
Chin Liposuction Procedure
Chin liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day as your treatment. The entire procedure can be completed in less than 30 minutes. On the day of your treatment, we will administer local anesthesia to the under-chin area so that you will feel zero discomfort throughout the process. Dr. Ovchinsky will make a small 2-3 mm incision under your chin. Through this incision, he will remove fat from the area using a thin tube called a cannula with medical suction. He will take care to remove the right amount of fat from the right areas to enhance your appearance as much as possible. The incision is closed with one or two tiny absorbable sutures. The doctor will apply a neck support garment that you will need to wear for about 3-4 days.
After your procedure, you will want to stay relaxed for the first few days. You will also need to keep your head elevated when in bed to help reduce swelling faster.
You’ll be required to wear a special elastic garment for about three to four days. Your activity can slowly increase each day but it will take up to 2 weeks before you start to feel like your old self again. You should avoid any strenuous activity for 4 weeks. In the initial stages of your recovery, you will need to take medications prescribed to you by Dr. Ovchinsky, which usually include pain medicine and antibiotic ointment for the incisions.
To minimize pain after the procedure:
- Take all prescribed medications.
- Wear the recommended compression garments.
- Rest and try to relax.
- Drink fluids.
- Avoid salt, which can increase swelling (edema).
You may see some differences in your appearance right away, and more so once the swelling goes down. Swelling typically subsides within the first one to two weeks. As with any cosmetic surgery, it takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months for the results to become final. This is because it can take months to completely heal from surgery. Patients who have undergone chin liposuction have reported remarkably high rates of satisfaction. To continue to enjoy these results for a long while, it is important that you maintain a steady, healthy weight. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, but it is still possible for the remaining cells to grow or shrink.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
At Plastic Surgery of Short Hills, we offer procedures that can correspond with and complement your chin liposuction.
If your skin is not elastic enough or there is a lot of extra skin and muscle bands underneath the chin, submental liposuction may exacerbate this problem. In order to prevent this, Dr. Ovchinsky may recommend skin tightening procedures. These procedures may be non-surgical, such as ThermiTight and/or Morpheus8 (radio frequency skin tightening), Ultherapy (ultrasound skin tightening) or surgical, such as face and neck lift.
A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a more comprehensive way to address facial aging, restoring a more youthful appearance. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, facial muscles weaken, and fat deposits shift, resulting in sagging skin, deep wrinkles, jowls, and a lack of definition in the facial contours. A facelift addresses these concerns by tightening the underlying tissues, removing excess skin, and repositioning facial fat to achieve a smoother, firmer, and more lifted look.
Chin implants, also known as genioplasty or chin augmentation surgery, can enhance facial symmetry and jawline definition. During a chin implant procedure, a customized implant is carefully placed to augment the size and projection of the chin. This can provide better balance to the facial profile and harmonize with other facial features.
Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a “nose job,” is a cosmetic surgery that involves a surgeon reconstructing and reshaping the nose in order to enhance its appearance. A surgeon makes incisions to deconstruct the nose, remove excess skin, fat, and tissue, and reconstructs it with a specific aesthetic goal in mind. Rhinoplasty is commonly performed alongside chin liposuction procedures.
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How Much Does Chin Liposuction Cost in New Jersey?
Chin liposuction costs depend on your personal condition. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask about the price and any additional costs or fees associated with the procedure.
If you’re thinking of getting chin liposuction in Short Hills, get in touch with Plastic Surgery of Short Hills today. Our skilled plastic surgeons can help you achieve dramatic improvements through this procedure. Call (973) 379-0101 or visit our contact page.
Are there any dietary restrictions following chin liposuction?
No. Patients can eat whatever they want. It is advisable to limit salt intake for the first week or two to minimize swelling.
How soon will I be able to exercise after chin liposuction?
After chin liposuction, you will need to take it easy for the first few days. Patients can resume exercise around three weeks after their procedure.
Is chin liposuction worth it?
Chin liposuction is highly beneficial for patients who have struggled to get rid of a double chin, and best of all, it permanently removes fat cells. Liposuction may be considered a good long-term solution to submental fat, provided the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle.
What is a double chin?
A double chin, also known as “submental fullness,” is a condition in which you have an excess volume of fat stored below your chin. Both men and women can be afflicted with double chins. They are caused by factors such as weight gain, aging, genetics, and poor posture.
- Bartow MJ, Raggio BS. Liposuction. PubMed. Published 2022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK563135/
- Habbema L, Tang JC, Sattler G, Hanke CW. Liposuction of the Neck: Low Incidence of Nerve Injury and Other Complications in 987 Patients. Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD. 2018;17(1):30-34. Accessed January 4, 2024. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29320585/