Sometimes, the submental area (the region below the chin) can develop fat deposits, creating the look of a double chin. Submental fat can occur due to excess weight, aging, and hereditary factors. Even people who are at a healthy weight or have slimmer body profiles can have submental fat.
A double chin can make a person look overweight or older than their actual age. It can be very difficult to reduce the look of a double chin through exercise or dieting. If you are struggling with submental fat, liposuction can offer a solution.
Submental liposuction is fat removal performed to reduce the look of a double chin. At the start of the submental liposuction procedure, you will either receive general or local anesthesia with sedation to keep you comfortable.
The procedure requires a tiny incision in the chin area and two incisions behind the earlobes. Through these incisions, Dr. Compton will suction out the fat using a tiny tube known as a cannula. The exact liposuction technique used for the procedure will depend on what is right for your anatomy.
Recovery and Results
You will need to wear a chin strap or compression dressing to support the skin and muscles in the submental area after your surgery. You can go home soon after the surgery as the effects of anesthesia fade away.
You will need to rest and recover for around a week after your procedure. You can resume your normal routine after this time, and you may be able to do very light workout routines. Dr. Compton will ask you to refrain from strenuous physical activities until your chin has fully healed.
You may have a little swelling in the chin, which is normal after any surgery. It will subside as the chin area heals. Dr. Compton will recommend that you sleep with your head elevated to hasten healing of the chin area. Elevation can aid in reduction of swelling and bruising to speed up the healing process.
Submental liposuction will make your chin and jawline more refined. Your chin area will be smoother, which can make your face look younger. Results from chin liposuction are permanent or long-lasting, especially if you don’t experience abnormal weight gain.
If you would like to get rid of submental fat through liposuction, you can start the process by consulting with experienced and highly qualified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Compton.
Dr. Compton will first examine your chin and facial contours. He will ask you about your medical history and about any medications or supplements you may be taking. He will discuss the scope of the procedure with you and how it can help get rid of submental fat. You’ll be able to tell him your needs and goals for the procedure.
After gathering all of this information, Dr. Compton can create the proper surgical plan for your submental liposuction. To schedule your helpful consultation with Dr. Compton, contact our office today.