Getting Chin Liposuction With Little Downtime
First off, chin liposuction refers to liposuction of the area of the neck under the chin. In medical terms, this is referred to as the submental region.
Keep in mind that the neck is also part of the submental space. For this reason, the terms chin liposuction and neck liposuction virtually refer to the same procedure. Although, in some cases, a neck liposuction may also involve getting rid of the jowls in addition to fat removal in the chin area.
Here’s a quick explanation of the chin liposuction procedure:
- Anesthesia: Chin liposuction usually requires local anesthesia, where the area to be treated is injected with a numbing solution. In some cases, twilight sedation or general anesthesia may be given.
- Incisions: Tiny incisions are made under the chin and behind each ear.
- Liposuction: Fat is carefully evacuated using a small, hollow metal tube (called a cannula) to reshape the chin and neck to the desired contours.
- Finishing: Afterwards, the small incisions are sealed with a single stitch. A snug dressing is applied to facilitate healing.
All of these steps take about half-an-hour to an hour, unless you opt for any additional procedures.
Does Chin Liposuction Hurt?
If local anesthesia alone is used, it will sting a little - like Novocain shots from a dentist.
However, once the local anesthesia has taken effect, the area will generally feel numb, so the treatment is mostly comfortable. For some patients, it can be a little unpleasant, much like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist.
At our practice, when we’re asked about how liposuction with local anesthesia feels, we often describe the sensation as “generally tolerable, but not delightful.”
Following the procedure, you should expect some temporary swelling, bruising, and minor bouts of numbness and/or tingling sensations. Most people are able to return to work after a few days, although minor swelling and funny sensations may persist for a few weeks.
How Much Does Chin Liposuction Cost?
In San Francisco, chin liposuction typically costs between $4,500-$8,500.
Like other types of plastic surgery, liposuction pricing varies based on the extent of the area requiring treatment and your surgeon of choice.
Geographical location also has an effect on the cost. In cities like San Francisco, for instance, you have access to some of the best plastic surgeons in the world, which means prices tend to be higher than other parts of the country.
Getting the Best Results
Chin liposuction is an effective treatment for the right patient. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that chin liposuction will not make you look "skinny," nor it will eliminate loose, hanging skin. Instead, liposuction is best suited for toning up areas that have deposits of extra fat.
Following liposuction, if your skin elasticity is relatively good, your skin may tighten on its own. However, for significant sagging or looseness of skin, additional procedures, like a neck lift, will be needed to give you a smooth chin and neck area.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most important step to accomplish your desired outcomes from chin liposuction.
This is really important: We recommend consulting with an experienced and honest surgeon who performs both liposuction and surgical neck lifts. They can recommend the right procedure to match your goals instead of trying to match your goals to their favorite procedure.
Avoiding Misinformation on Chin Liposuction
Like any other cosmetic procedure, there are many personal opinions and reviews found online.
Be careful when researching, in many cases, there are unprofessional opinions floated as scientific fact, as well as nefarious marketing techniques by less-than-honest companies.
When it comes to liposuction, here are a couple myths to watch out for:
Myth: Laser Liposuction is 'Better' Than Traditional Lipo
In spite of common claims, laser liposuction will not tighten loose skin. It is also not necessarily "safer" or "better" than other forms of liposuction. There is frankly no solid scientific evidence, at this point, to back up these claims.
Myth: Liposuction Chains are Preferable
We recommend steering clear of liposuction "chains."
Often, they’re not necessarily concerned with your welfare, or dedicated to helping you get the best results. Instead, they're more interested treating as many clients as possible. They prefer quantity over quality.
Many times, in liposuction clinics, a sales person, disguised as a beauty counselor, will typically perform the consultation. Then, an inexperienced plastic surgeon will perform the procedure in a rush. It’s also not uncommon to have a doctor with a different specialty entirely perform the procedure.
The goal is "how can we sell you liposuction?" rather than "is liposuction really right for you?" Then, if they do get you to buy, it's all about getting the procedure done quickly so they can get you out the door and move on to the next patient. As a result, your chin liposuction may be missing precision, thoroughness, or any sense of artistic touch.
What's The Next Step You Should Take?
Want to explore the possibility of chin liposuction?
The next step is to consult with a plastic surgeon you trust. There's no need to waste time and money pursuing chin liposuction if it's not the best procedure for your condition. It's best to let an expert diagnose your condition and make an expert, medically-sound recommendation on the treatment you need.