A well-defined jawline is a very attractive feature. If you look at famous models and actors, most of them have well-defined jawlines.

Men often use facial hair to mask a badly defined jawline. If you are unhappy with your double chin and softer jawline, fear not – there is a way you can get rid of it. The solution is submental liposuction.

What Is Submental Liposuction?

Liposuction is a method of removing excess fat through medical suction. Liposuction performed under the chin (in the submental region) is referred to as submental liposuction. It can be used to effectively contour the chin, neck, and jawline areas.

Do I Make a Good Candidate for Submental Liposuction?

Submental liposuction is great at tailoring and removing excess fat in the neck area. If you have a high degree of submental fat, this procedure may be perfect for you.

The best candidates for submental liposuction are those without much skin laxity. When excess fat is removed, skin that is still elastic will be able to shrink down to fit the new contours of the area.

The older you get, the less elasticity your skin has. If your skin sags more than it used to, it may be better to pair submental liposuction with a facelift or a neck lift. These procedures are able to remove excess skin for a better-defined and more youthful look.

Keeping a clear mind with realistic expectations is also key to being a good candidate for submental liposuction.

The Submental-Liposuction Procedure

At the start of your submental liposuction procedure, anesthesia will be administered. Once the anesthesia has taken place and you are asleep, Dr. Compton will make an incision under your chin. Small incisions will also be created behind the earlobes.

He will then insert a cannula, a thin tube with a sharp end. The sharp end is used to break up the stubborn fatty tissue in order to make removal easier. Once the excess fatty tissue is broken up, it is removed through the tube via medical suction.

Through this method, the upper-neck region below your chin is recontoured to reduce any indication of a double chin. After this, the incisions are dressed appropriately.

Recovery After Submental Liposuction

Patients are advised to stay elevated after being discharged. This is because mild swelling is possible after the procedure. Staying upright stops the swelling and lets the affected areas heal faster. A degree of bruising may also be present and is only temporary.

Most patients are able to return to work a week after the procedure. It is a relatively low-risk procedure. After submental liposuction, you should maintain a steady line of communication with Dr. Compton to clarify any issues or questions you might have.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Compton

If you’re curious about submental liposuction, you should schedule an appointment for a consultation with facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Compton. He will be able to answer any questions you have as well as alleviate any doubts you have when it comes to the procedure.