Getting rid of a double chin often requires more than weight loss because the “gobbler effect” is the result of a combination of weight, age, and genetics. Simply put, you can’t exercise away your double chin or flabby neck. A well defined jaw line is a sign of youth and beauty and a sharp angle of the mandible is an undeniably sexy feature of the face, especially in men. Chin liposuction is the most popular procedure Dr. Milstein performs on his celebrity patients because it provides dramatic and fast results – the procedure takes less than one hour and most patients are fully healed in less than a week. Every chin liposculpture patient can drive themselves home. Chin liposuction is ideal for men or women looking to get rid of flabby or double chins and the procedure is especially popular before special occasions, like weddings or reunions.
What are the benefits of chin liposuction?
Chin liposculpture gives the face a youthful appearance by sculpting the jaw line, highlighting the angle of the mandible, shrinking the jowls, and dramatically reducing any “double chin”. There is a reduction of neck flabbiness and generally an improvement in skin folds or neck wrinkles. For about half of chin liposculpture patients, the effects of the procedure are quick – patients see immediate improvement. For the other half of chin liposculpture patients, the chin area stays swollen and looks roughly the same as prior to the procedure for six weeks. After the swelling subsides, the final result is seen. There is no way to predict if you will experience any swelling or not. For all patients, the results of chin liposculpture are permanent and the procedure leaves no unsightly scars and does not require any stitches.
Are the cheeks and jowls included with chin liposuction?
Yes. The lower cheeks and jowls are also included with chin liposuction at no additional charge. Removing the fat from the lower cheeks and jowls helps to contour the face and creates a stronger jaw line. The effect is similar to slightly sucking in the cheeks. Treating the lower cheeks and jowls is optional, but most patients find that it gives them a more sculpted appearance as well as prevents larger jowls from forming in the future. For patients with round faces, particularly round Asian faces, removing the fat from the lower face helps give the face a more oval shape and makes the face look less chubby.
What can I expect after chin liposuction?
After the procedure, patients feel little to no discomfort. A compression garment similar to a headband is worm over the treated areas for 48 hours and then is worn at night while sleeping for the next week. There are no stitches and the tiny puncture closes almost immediately after the procedure. Most patients experience no bruising or swelling, though patients with very large pre-procedure chins may experience moderate bruising. All patients are able to drive themselves home and return to normal activities immediately. Our office will send you home with all the medications you will need, including pain medication, however most chin liposculpture patients treat any discomfort with ibuprophen or Tylenol.
What results can I expect from chin liposuction?
Chin liposuction results are impressive and can quickly restore a youthful and shapely appearance to the face. The procedure can remove nearly all the extra under chin fat and can help correct skin flabbiness and laxity in most patients. For patients with jowls or cheek fat deposits, Dr. Milstein removes the excess fat and patients find that when the skin retracts, they look younger and as though they have lost weight. Even patients with “gobbler” necks see a moderate and natural looking improvement and are usually very pleased with their result.
Am I a good candidate for chin liposuction?
Chin liposuction is a very safe procedure and is performed on men and women of all ages. Anyone with an undefined jaw line or double chin can benefit from chin liposuction, even young or otherwise thin patients see dramatic improvement in their profile. Dr. Milstein’s refined micro-liposculpture technique stimulates collagen formation and even those who consider their skin lax or crêpey are very pleased with their skin retraction. In fact, in the second week after the procedure, some patients feel that their skin has retracted too much and they feel a tightness when looking upward towards the sky. This tightness is normal and resolves in a few days, leaving the patient with smooth and youthful looking skin.
If you are over age 60, have had gastric bypass surgery or have lost more than 100 pounds, you may benefit from a combination of chin liposuction and skin resection to help remove redundant skin.
Can chin liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Chin liposuction is often performed in combination with liposuction of other areas such as the arms, abdomen or thighs.
How does chin liposuction compare to a neck lift?
For most people, chin liposuction provides a dramatic result and restores a youthful jaw line and profile without exposing the patient to any significant risks. A traditional neck lift is usually performed as part of a facelift, but is also performed alone. A surgical neck lift is performed under general anesthesia, oftentimes requiring overnight observation. During a traditional neck lift, the surgeon makes incisions under the chin and behind the ears and the skin is lifted off the neck, the facial muscles are stitched together, and extra skin is removed. The incisions are closed with stitches. Recovery from a traditional neck lift is often painful, with significant bruising and swelling, and normal activities may not be resumed for up to a month. Complications include reactions to anesthesia, infection, blood loss, improper muscle tightening, and lifetime scars. The costs of a traditional neck lift are approximately $5000.
However, for individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery or lost more than 100 pounds, neck lifts may be required for reduction of redundant skin.