Men and women today are more health-conscious and pro-active in taking care of their bodies than ever before. They want to feel good – but they must look good also – especially in today’s competitive corporate workplace. The neckline ages just like the rest of our body. It loses skin elasticity and begins sagging while excess fat accumulates under the chin and creates an unpleasant bulge or “double chin”. Since the face is the first thing that we see when we look at someone, the amount of fat in the neck and face leads us to make a judgment about the fat and muscle content of the entire person.
Unwanted fat can develop in the anterior neck and face during weight gain and as we lose weight it is often this neck and lower cheek fat that is the last to go. Neck fat can also be stubborn and difficult to lose even with exercise and healthy eating. Also, with age, fat accumulates in the neck, lower cheeks or jowls, and chin. Submental liposuction or chin liposuction, is a safe procedure that can drastically change the appearance of your neck. In order to combat this unfortunate fat distribution, many people choose to undergo a chin liposuction procedure.
The procedure lasts less than an hour and can be done under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Small incisions are camouflaged under the chin and behind the lower ear. Dr. Wright works through these to gently remove excess fat using a thin cannula. After he has sculpted this area, the incisions are closed and a chinstrap is applied to keep pressure on the surgical area. This helps to minimize bruising and swelling. A little discomfort, swelling, and bruising is normal and to be expected but resolves in just a few days.
You will begin to shower the day after surgery but you should avoid exercise or any activity that raises blood pressure for the first three weeks after chin liposuction. You will need to wear a special chin strap for the first 1-2 weeks to help with healing. Massaging the area is important to smooth out fat pockets and blood pools and may be safely started three weeks after surgery. Chin liposuction offers a very safe and effective means to reduce some of the signs of aging and to restore a thin, healthy look to the face and neck.