Typical areas on the body where liposuction is performed are the thighs, abdomen and buttocks, but many people are now opting for the fat under the chin.
It’s a tricky area, as exercise can have little to no effect on the chin area. So to remove the famous “double chin” the surgeon will make a very small incision under the chin, insert a small stainless steel tube known as a cannula and suction out the fat from between the skin and muscle.
The suctioning process creates small tunnels through the fat layer that later collapse after the operation, creating a thinner body contour, thus eliminating the appearance of a double chin. This procedure can be performed with only a local anesthetic and is considered outpatient surgery.
How Much Does Chin Liposuction Cost?
The cost of liposuction varies greatly based on a number of factors, but one of the most variable issues is the size of the chosen area and the amount of time required to remove the excess fat.
As the chin is a relatively small area, the cost tends to be much less than a larger area like the abdomen.
The national minimum for the chin and neck area is around $2,500, with the maximum price at about $5,000. The national average is a little under $4,000.
As chin liposuction can also be performed without general anesthesia, a patient will not have additional anesthesiologist fees.
Risks, Side Effects and Safety Considerations
Common side effects of liposuction include bruising, swelling, pain and numbness. Scarring will vary per individual based on hereditary factors that affect skin healing, but because the incision for chin liposuction is so small it will usually be veyr miniml.
Most common side effects last for a brief period of a few weeks. Depending on the area of the body that was operated upon, limited mobility may also be a temporary side effect.
In some rare circumstances complications may arise due to liposuction surgery. Patients undergoing liposuction should be aware that infection, skin necrosis, contour irregularities and burns are all possible complications.
As chin liposuction does not require general anesthesia and is for a small area on the body, it is one of the safest liposuction procedures with a very low chance of complications.
Recovery and Post-Operation
After the operation, the surgeon may suture the incisions closed or leave them open to allow draining of the wounds. The incisions should be dressed with gauze that is changed frequently.
The relatively low invasiveness of chin liposuction allows for patients to avoid the typical long recovery other anesthesia-related liposuction requires.
Many patients may immediately return to work after chin liposuction. It is recommended that patients wear a compression garment under the chin in the days following surgery.
This should be considered part of the recovery time if the use of a compression garment would inhibit work or strenuous activity. Sutures or stitches may be removed after about five to ten days.
Prescribed or over-the-counter medications may be used to treat pain. Swelling, bruising and numbness may subside within a few days or take as long as a few months.
The human body has a determinate number of fat cells that grow or shrink with varied amounts of caloric intake and exercise. Liposuction removes some of the fat cells in an area of the body resulting in an immediate smaller contour.
Due to the fact that some fat cells remain, a client without a good diet or healthy amount of exercise, may stretch out remaining fat cells in time, resulting in a less permanent result.
Those patients maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine will enjoy continued smaller contours.
Alternatives to Chin Liposuction
Surgeons recommend liposuction as a last option, only after healthy diet and regular exercise have been tried. Complications in the surgery are more likely to arise with the greater amounts of excess fat being removed, so a rigorous weight loss program through diet and exercise should have obtained the maximum results before liposuction is considered.
Exercises targeted for the chin and neck region should be a regular part of the weight loss program prior to cosmetic surgery options being tried. Some cosmetic surgery facilities offer injections directly into the chin to dissolve fat, but these lipo-dissolve procedures are still considered experimental and are under scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration.