What is submental liposuction?
Submental liposuction, also known as neck liposuction or chin liposuction, is a plastic surgery procedure to remove fat from the neck and chin. The aim of chin or neck liposuction is to improve the appearance of the profile in these areas by removing excess fat.
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to remove fat cells. The fat underneath the chin can make a person appear heavier than they really are. No matter how much exercise you do or how balanced is your diet, sometimes you just can’t lose that stubborn fat under your chin. A double chin occurs when a layer of fat around the neck sags, giving the appearance of a second chin. The skin in this area is usually loose and has poor elasticity. A double chin can be caused by weight fluctuations, ageing, genetics, or postural stress.
Why Patients Might Consider Chin Liposuction / Submental Lipo
The chin and neck are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing and sagging. Chin & neck liposuction aims to remove excess fat from the chin and neck area. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift (rhytidectomy). Here are some reasons why patients might like to consider Chin and Neck Liposuction:
- One of the most significant reasons that patients choose submental or chin liposuction is that this procedure can reduce the size of your double chin and improve the appearance of your profile. This procedure can be performed as a standalone surgical treatment or in combination with other procedures, such as rhinoplasty or facelift (rhytidectomy) or chin advancement (genioplasty)
- Another reasons for submental liposuction is that this procedure has few complications associated with it. In fact, submental liposuction has been shown to have a low rate of complication
- Some patients are concerned that liposuction in the neck area will cause loose skin after the procedure. However, submental fat removal can actually result in tighter skin in this area and an improvement in your overall appearance and profile, if necessary
- There are no large scars
- Aims to enhance facial profile
- An alternative to fat dissolving chin injections
- A more streamlined profile and strong jawline
- When compared to other facial surgical procedures, chin liposuction has a shorter recovery time
Are you suitable for Submental liposuction ?
Suitable candidates for submental liposuction include men and women who have unwanted fat underneath the chin that does not respond to diet or exercise. The best candidates realise that submental liposuction alone will not tighten any skin laxity that may be present in the area. Good candidates for submental liposuction also have reasonable expectations about what can be achieved with surgery.
Submental Liposuction is best suited to individuals who have excess fat under their chin, resulting in a weak chin profile. The procedure can be performed on patients of all ages but a good health condition is important to have a quick and uneventful recovery. You will also need to avoid smoking for weeks before and after surgery.
About Submental Liposuction Surgery
Submental liposuction is usually performed as a day surgery under general anaesthesia. Incisions are hidden in the natural creases of the skin. Fat cells are removed through these incisions with a cannula, leaving behind smoother contours of the chin and neck.
A Submental Liposuction surgical treatment takes around 30-45 minutes. Most patients can return to work and their normal activities within a week. However, strenuous activity is not recommended for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
Chin liposuction can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial plastic procedures such as a facelift (rhytidectomy), neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) or rhinoplasty (nose surgery). Results are regarded as permanent if patients maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
The Surgical Procedure
The most common technique right now is the tumescent technique which is a fluid mix of saline (salt water) and added medications to minimise bleeding and offer pain relief after the procedure. During this procedure, your surgeon makes very small incisions and an amount of Klein’s solution is introduced into the submental fat. Klein’s solution is a solution with saline. The saline balloons the fat tissue, while the other components decrease bleeding and induce local anaesthesia.
The fat is then sucked out through the microcannulas, which are only a few mm in diameter. This is a process lasting up to 1 hour. The wounds of the cannula are closed at the conclusion of the procedure. A small amount of fluid is left back in the tissue and this residual fluid provides analgesia in the immediate postoperative period.
Chin and Neck Liposuction Recovery
After liposuction of the chin and neck area, you will return home with instructions on how to care for your surgical sites. You will have some swelling and bruising for about one week after surgery. Some pain is normal for about two weeks after surgery, but your surgeon will prescribe medication to help relieve this discomfort. After about 10 days, you should be able to resume your daily activities with minimal restrictions. It may take up to one to three months for your final results to appear as swelling subsides and excess fluid drains from your body.
Chin Liposuction Before and After Sydney Real Patient Results
The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
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Chin Liposuction Cost Sydney – How much does chin liposuction cost in Sydney NSW?
The cost of Chin Liposuction varies for each patient depending on the complexity of the procedure. Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.
During your liposuction consultation, Your surgeon will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your areas of concern, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your lipo surgery procedure.
Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it won’t attract a Medicare rebate. If you believe that the procedure is medically necessary (e.g. Pseudo lipodema), you can contact Medicare to find out more about a rebate.
Chin Liposuction FAQs
Does chin liposuction include the neck?
Yes. The term chin lipo often includes the face and neck area. The more accurate term is submental lipo. Some patients might need a combination of chin and neck liposuction to achieve their desired results.
Can you get chin liposuction twice?
It’s possible to get chin or neck liposuction twice. The first time around, we will remove as much fat as we can in order to achieve your desired result. If you have more fat than expected, then we may recommend getting another session if that’s what you want to do.
Should I get chin liposuction or a neck lift (lower rhytidectomy)?
Liposuction can help improve the contour of your neck, but it will not change the quality of your skin. To address loose skin, you may need to consider an additional procedure.
Will I be asleep during a chin liposuction?
This procedure is usually done with the patient under general anaesthesia, so you be asleep during the procedure.
What are the potential risks and complications of chin lipo?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. However, most problems are minor and temporary. Submental liposuction is generally a safe procedure, but as with any cosmetic surgery, there are risks. Among these, we can mention:
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Tissue injury
- Possibility of clots in the veins (deep vein thrombosis, DVT) and lungs (pulmonary embolism, PE)
- Fat embolism – blockage of blood vessels by loosened fat cells from the operation site
- Damage to facial nerves results in temporary or occasionally permanent weakness of facial muscles. The nerves can be injured during surgery, or they may be irritated by swelling after surgery
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About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.
PLASTIC SURGEON SYDNEY
Dr Maryam Seyedabadi
Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.
She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her a unique skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.
As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.