Chin Up: Facial Contouring with Liposuction

I hear it all the time from my patients: they want to get rid of their “double chin.” So, it didn’t surprise me to see a poll on that ranked chin liposuction as the 7th most “worth it” plastic surgery procedure. Chin liposuction isn’t a commonly talked about surgery, and it’s often misunderstood. So, I’m going to clear up some common misconceptions.

Isn’t Liposuction For Overweight People?

Not all people with excess fat around their jaw line are overweight. In fact, many people who come to my San Diego office to discuss chin liposuction are healthy, fit individuals. The truth of the matter is that people who suffer from “turkey neck” can be young or mature, male or female, thin or heavy. That’s because the extra fat deposits are often the result of heredity, weakened muscle, loose skin, or a combination of the three. Often, no amount of weight loss can correct the condition and liposuction is often the only way to remove the unwanted fat.

Is It Better Than A Face Lift?

Liposuction alone will not tighten or firm the skin. However, I use liposuction in conjunction with a neck lift to enhance the jaw line and create a more beautifully sculpted contour. During the procedure, I target specific problem areas and remove fat cells through a thin tube inserted through tiny incisions hidden below the chin. Depending on the patient and his or her skin elasticity, I may then remove excess tissue and tighten the skin. The entire procedure takes only 2 to 3 hours and recovery time is generally 1 to 2 weeks.

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