Despite healthy eating and constant exercise, many men and women still struggle to effectively contour the area under their chin and around their neck. It’s not uncommon for fatty deposits to linger in this region, often creating an appearance of excessive neck fullness—more commonly known as a “double chin.” Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Ali Sepehr, MD can utilize a number of submental liposuction techniques to reduce a double chin and slim the face for a sharper, more defined neck profile. Based on a discussion of your concerns and a physical evaluation, Dr. Sepehr can develop a personalized submental liposuction treatment plan to achieve your aesthetic goals.
- What is Submental Liposuction?
- Neck Liposuction Candidates
- Submental Liposuction Surgery
- Submental Liposuction Recovery
- Submental Liposuction Cost
- Non-Surgical Submental Liposuction
What is Submental Liposuction?
Submental liposuction is a relatively simple facial plastic surgery procedure designed to slim and contour the neck area with liposuction to produce a fitter, leaner aesthetic. Using a narrow surgical tube called a cannula, the surgery targets fatty deposits in the submental region and extracts redundant tissue to achieve a deeper angle under the chin. Neck contouring through liposuction can often have a positive effect on the rest of the face, offering a more elegant and refined neckline for those who struggle with stubborn fullness in the area. Depending on your needs and cosmetic goals, submental liposuction is often paired with a facelift or chin implants to further enhance the profile of the chin and neck.
Who is a Candidate for Neck Liposuction?
Neck liposuction is not a method of weight loss, so those interested in submental liposuction should be at or near their ideal weight. The procedure is best suited for patients who desire a leaner facial appearance and simply struggle with removing excess fat under the chin. In addition, candidates for neck liposuction should:
- Have good skin elasticity
- Maintain realistic expectations for surgery
- Experience little to no skin laxity
Since submental liposuction is not designed to correct sagging skin, individuals considering neck liposuction should have good skin tone and minimal laxity to allow even contraction of the skin after fat removal. If you struggle with loose skin and/or neck musculature (sometimes referred to as a “turkey neck”), a neck lift may be a more effective procedure to enhance your neck contour. Dr. Sepehr will advise you and recommend the best treatment option for your goals based on your needs.
How is Neck Liposuction Surgery Performed?
Submental liposuction is performed by suctioning out excess fatty deposits via a surgical cannula. This is generally a fairly quick procedure utilizing local anesthesia and mild sedation. First, Dr. Sepehr will access the excess fat through incisions hidden either under the chin or behind the ears. Before removal of the fat, Dr. Sepehr may administer a solution of medications to the area to minimize swelling and blood loss. He will then sculpt the neck and chin to achieve a more refined, aesthetic jawline. Special consideration will be given to produce a natural-looking result that appears balanced among your facial features. The incisions are closed and you will be able to return home with a friend or loved one following your discharge.
What Does Neck Liposuction Recovery Entail?
Patients usually describe the recovery period after submental liposuction as mild. A supportive chin strap is worn for three to four days following surgery to help facilitate your new neck contour. Temporary bruising and swelling around the neck should be expected, but discomfort is usually managed well with oral pain medication. Most individuals return to non-strenuous work duties within one week, and fully resume normal activities after two weeks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least one month, or until given clearance by Dr. Sepehr. Most swelling should resolve within 10 to 14 days.
How Much Does Neck Liposuction Cost?
Can I Get Non-Surgical Neck Liposuction?
Dr. Sepehr offers several neck contouring options for patients’ varying needs, including non-surgical chin augmentation for those who would rather avoid the downtime of a surgical procedure. KYBELLA™ is an innovative fat removal technique designed to achieve minimally invasive double chin reduction. Performed right here in our treatment rooms, KYBELLA™ injections are composed of deoxycholic acid—a naturally occurring substance in the body that encourages the breakdown of fat cells. As the KYBELLA™ solution is delivered to fatty tissue and fat cells are destroyed, excess fat is naturally flushed out of the body through metabolic processes for a gradual slimming effect under the chin. Since results unfold over time, the outcome often appears to have been achieved naturally. KYBELLA™ is best suited to reduce mild fat under the chin, but more moderate to severe amounts of fat may be better treated with liposuction. Dr. Sepehr will help you determine the most ideal technique to sculpt your chin based on your needs.
Questions? For more information about neck liposuction, or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to our practice.