As cosmetic technologies advance, an increasing number of men and women are going to great lengths to improve their facial profiles. From nose jobs and face lifts to Botox injections and fillers, there now seems to be a way to either augment or get rid of every little imperfection that bugs you.
Chin liposuction has become increasingly popular as an efficient means to remove your double chin.
In reality, a double chin is simply fullness beneath the chin and along the neckline. It can be caused by being overweight or obese, but some people are simply born with a natural propensity to accumulate fat in these areas.
Chin liposuction, or double chin removal, is a relatively small cosmetic surgery that involves suctioning out the excess fat from beneath the chin. Benefits include a more chiseled jawline, a more balanced profile, and a boost in self-confidence. Chin lipo has a quick recovery time and long-lasting results, which patients love.
Is Chin Liposuction Permanent?
The short answer is yes. Chin liposuction can be permanent, especially if you are over the age of 25 and stay at a healthy body weight.
This is largely because fat cells are unique to other cells in the body. They are the only cells that cannot regenerate after the age of 25. Therefore, if you have fat cells removed after you are 25, they will never grow back.
In chin liposuction, the majority of fat cells are removed from beneath the chin. Some may remain, however, and this is important to know because the remaining fat cells may grow larger over time if you gain weight in general. This is why maintaining a healthy body weight after chin liposuction is so important for maintaining your results.
Does Chin Lipo Leave Saggy Skin?
Many patients want to know what happens to their skin after chin liposuction. After all, if the skin has been stretched out to accommodate excess fullness, when that fullness is removed, will the skin remain stretched out?
This depends. The majority of young people won’t have this issue. After surgery, they will notice their skin start to shrink and tighten after several weeks. Wearing the chin liposuction compression garment will help.
On the other hand, those of an advanced age may have a more difficult time with sagging, crepey skin after chin liposuction. That’s because as we age, our skin loses its elasticity and its ability to bounce back after a procedure like liposuction. For these patients, a neck lift may be an additional procedure that can remove excess skin and tighten the area beneath the chin.
Is Chin Lipo Permanent Even as You Age?
Somewhat. As you age, your skin may begin to lose its elasticity, sag, and stretch out with time and the effects of gravity. However, the fat cells that were removed will certainly not grow back.
How Long Does Chin Liposuction Last?
For most patients, the effects of under the chin liposuction are permanent. However, as stated above, you may notice some sagging of the skin and droopiness beneath the chin as you age.
Overall, depending on your age, skin quality, lifestyle, and overall health, if you get liposuction for double chin removal, you can expect your best results to last for about ten years.
Again, however, this is partly up to you. An ideal candidate for chin lipo is someone who controls their weight by exercising and consuming a healthy diet. Gaining large amounts of weight is what could potentially cause a double chin to reappear. Of course, genetics will also play a role.
How Long After Chin Lipo Do You See Results?
Patients always want to know what to expect after chin liposuction. “How long is recovery?” “Is chin liposuction permanent?” And most of all, “When will I see results?”
The answer is that most patients will see their full chin lipo results after two to three months. This is when all or most of the swelling should be gone. However, the incisions should be healed up long before this — after a few weeks.
Is Chin Liposuction Worth It?
The majority of patients are happy with their results from chin fat removal surgery. They worry less and feel more confident about their appearance.
General Tips to Maintain Your Chin Liposuction Results
If you’ve already decided to move forward with chin liposuction, one of your next steps should be thinking to the future and how you’re going to maintain long-lasting results. Here are some tips.
Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Healthy Foods
Staying at a steady body weight is the top way to ensure you experience long-lasting results from your chin liposuction. And the best thing you can do to you to maintain a healthy body weight is to consume a healthy diet.
This means drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods. Focus on whole foods:
- Lean protein (eggs, fish, chicken, lean beef)
- Whole grains (whole grain rice, barley, quinoa)
- Healthy fats (extra virgin olive oil, nuts, seeds)
Walk Daily and Get to the Gym
Daily exercise will also help you maintain a healthy body weight and increase your percentage of muscle. Having more muscle on your body helps you burn fat faster and easier and makes your profile more attractive overall. It’s also important for supporting your bones and joints.
A daily workout schedule will help you maintain your weight and your youthful jawline. Even just 30 minutes of exercise a day is enough to be highly effective. Take a walk around the block, join a gym or a fitness class, work out in the yard, or take up a sport like tennis or golf.
Weigh Yourself Weekly
The only way to actually know if you’re maintaining a healthy body weight is to keep track of your weight. Daily fluctuations in weight due to water intake, hormones, and other factors can make weighing yourself daily a bit misleading.
Therefore, we recommend weighing yourself weekly so that you can get an accurate overall picture of how your weight is trending. If you see it creeping up from week to week, you can take action to limit weight gain and get yourself back to a healthy zone.
Schedule a Chin Lipo Consultation
Have you always been self-conscious about a double chin? Or, have you noticed excess chin fullness begin to creep in in recent years? Chin liposuction is a relatively simple surgery with a quick recovery time and long-lasting results.
To learn more about this procedure and find out if you’re a good candidate, schedule a consultation for chin liposuction with Dr. Ashley Steinberg today.