Submental Liposuction and Double Chin Removal Surgery in Sydney NSW by Dr Turner
Chin liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery to reduce a double chin and contour the neck and lower jaw. It’s a straightforward procedure that requires minimal downtime.
A heavy chin or double chin is a common problem in men and women of all ages. Fat under the Chin and neck can sometimes be resistant to diet, weight loss and physical exercises. If a double chin persists it can obscure your neck contour making your chin look fat.
Chin liposuction is considered by many as the best surgery to get rid of a double chin and improve the contour of the neck. Dr Turner prefers chin lipo to fat-dissolving chin injections like Belkyra.
In some patients, however, it needs to be combined with a neck lift for the best results. Chin liposuction can help get rid of heavy jowls, a double chin, and neck fat. It can help contour your jawline and neck and emphasise their outline.
Dr Scott Turner is one of the top plastic surgeons in Sydney and Newcastle who routinely performs submental liposuction (chin lipo). He uses a unique technique to get rid of stubborn chin fat and outline your jaw and neck.
PLEASE NOTE – Dr Turner performs only small-volume Liposuction – often combined with surgery for contouring purposes. He does NOT perform large volume lipo or mega liposuction or lipo for patients with BMI > 30.
What is Chin Liposuction?
Chin liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes a double chin and contours the neck and jawline. It is one of the most popular neck rejuvenation procedures. It targets the persistent fat under the neck skin, which is “sucked” out using a liposuction cannula. The results are a more defined jawline, chin, and neck.
Chin liposuction has other names including:
- Submental liposuction
- Chin lipo
- Neck liposuction
- Double chin surgery
- Double chin removal
- Double chin correction
- Double chin reduction
If you have a lot of chin fat and lax skin, submental liposuction can be combined with a neck lift. However, in patients with good skin elasticity, the skin can naturally tighten after liposuction without needing a lift.
Chin fat removal can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. It requires minimal downtime and causes minimal post-op symptoms.
Who is suitable for Chin Liposuction?
You might want to get your chin fat removed but, sometimes, submental lipo might not be the best option for you. In general, you should consider getting liposuction for chin fat if:
- You have double or triple chin
- You have jowls obscuring your jawline
- You have chin and neck fat fading your neckline
- You are not overweight – in overweight patients, fat accumulates under the neck muscles (called “subplatysmal fat”). This layer of fat is not accessible by liposuction
- You have good skin elasticity – Chin lipo alone might not deliver satisfactory outcomes in people with overstretched lax neck skin. If the fat is removed, the skin does not bounce back and remains droopy. A neck lift with liposuction can, however, lead to excellent results.
- You are in a good health condition
- You have a fairly stable weight
The main thing you need to consider when getting neck fat removal by lipo is your skin quality. If you have a large double chin with loose skin, then the skin might not retract on the new contours. A neck lift procedure should, and often is, combine to contour your chin and neck.
The decision to get double chin correction surgery is not an easy one. However, it comes with several advantages and benefits, such as:
- Recovery of usually 1-2 days
- In comparison to other facial surgeries, it is cheaper due to less time in theatres
- Double chin reduction
- can help contour your jawline
- can get rid of bulky jowls
- can help remove chin and neck fat
- Defines your neck and chin contour, creating a sharper angle between them
- Brings out your chin profile
How is Chin Liposuction Performed?
Chin fat liposuction is usually done with the help of local or general anaesthesia. This means that you can be awake during the operation, however, you won’t feel any pain. The procedure is fairly short and usually takes 15-20 minutes to perform.
Dr Turner uses the MicroAire® Liposuction device, which utilises cutting-edge technology to effectively remove fat while reducing bruising, swelling, and operation time.
Here are the usual steps of chin lipo:
- First, the local anaesthetic is injected using a needle into multiple areas of the skin and neck
- Once the skin numbs, Dr Turner will create a small incision under your chin (submental incision)
- Additional incisions on the sides of the chin might be done
- The liposuction catheter is then advanced through the incision. The catheter resembles a thin hollow rod
- Dr Turner will move the catheter in different directions under the chin and neck skin to suck out the fat
- Once enough fat is removed from the chin and neck area, the catheter is pulled out
- The tiny skin incisions are then closed using 1 or 2 thin sutures
You can go home after chin liposuction. Keep in mind, however, that you will not be allowed to drive on the same day after your surgery. You should arrange for someone to pick you up.
Yes. Double chin reduction is often combined with other procedures to improve the results:
- Neck Lift: A neck lift is essential for patients who don’t have good skin elasticity (their skin is too lax). In such patients, the chin and neck skin will not retract after liposuction. An additional procedure – neck lift – is needed to tighten the neck and remove any extra loose skin.
- Submentoplasty: A less invasive type of neck lift is another option if you don’t have too much loose skin
- Chin implants: Sometimes, chin implants can help give your chin and neck a better outline that is more proportionate to the rest of your facial features
The information provided is for general purposes only, it is not intended to replace a professional consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Invasive procedures carry inherent risks and potential complications which will be discussed in detail. Results vary and should be used only as a guide as every client is unique, which is why a second opinion is advisable. Learn more about the risks of plastic surgery at https://drturner.com.au/patient-resources/risks-complications-of-surgery/
Overall, recovery after chin liposuction is regarded as tolerable. This is one of the top advantages of this procedure. You can usually go home directly after double chin surgery- no need to stay overnight at the hospital.
You will have to take 1-3 days off work and rest at home. During this time, you should allow your body to heal. During the first week of recovery after submental lipo, you should avoid strenuous activities. Walking, however, is encouraged. You should also wear a chin compression strap for 5-7 days to reduce swelling.
You will notice swelling, bruising, and minimal pain in the chin, jaw, and neck area. These will gradually start decreasing 5-7 days after chin fat removal.
The results of chin liposuction are apparent immediately after the surgery. Nevertheless, the full results take several months to settle in. During this time, your skin will retract and any residual swelling will be absorbed, leaving you with a well-defined chin, neck, and jaw.
Risks and Potential Complications of Chin Lipo
As with other surgeries, liposuction of chin fat comes with some risks. Nevertheless, the risk of complications with this procedure is very minimal. Some of the rare complications include:
- Wound infection
- Seroma (fluid collection in the wound)
- Haematoma (blood collection in the wound)
- Fat embolism (an extremely rare complication in which fat debris get into the blood circulation)
- Skin numbness (due to nerve injury)
- Unsatisfactory results (e.g. asymmetry, bulkiness, loose skin)
- Excessive scarring (usually genetic)
Although these complications are rare, you can avoid them better by choosing an experienced plastic surgeon for your chin liposuction.
Chin Liposuction FAQs
In a sense, yes. Chin liposuction removes the fat cells from the chin and neck area. They do not recur unless you gain a lot of weight. Ageing too can make the chin puff due to tissue proliferation in this region. So, even though a chin lipo is very durable, you might need revision surgery after many years.
No. Fat does not return after chin liposuction if you maintain a stable weight. The removed fat cells are gone forever. Nevertheless, ageing can cause other tissue components to puff up as you age. In such cases, a neck lift or another revision procedure might be needed.
Kybella/Belkyra is an excellent technology to destroy fat cells in the chin area. However, Dr Turner believes liposuction provides more dramatic and more durable results. On the other hand, Double Chin Injections might be a cheaper and non-surgical alternative for chin lipo for some.
No. The scars of chin liposuction are usually not noticeable. Liposuction wounds are tiny. So, as the wounds heal, they fade and become almost invisible. In some rare cases, abnormal healing might lead to visible scarring after double chin correction.
Chin liposuction itself does not tighten the skin. It only removes the fat under it. Nevertheless, if you have good skin elasticity, the skin will naturally tighten slightly over a few months. If you, however, have decreased skin elasticity, then an additional neck lift might need to be combined with your double chin reduction to reduce excess skin.
Yes. You can shower the next day after your chin liposuction. Make sure to use a soft towel to gently dry your wounds after showering.
Yes. Chin liposuction is considered the best and most effective way to get rid of double chin. It is a simple procedure with very durable results. The chin fat is permanently “sucked” and removed from around your chin.
Not entirely. Chin liposuction targets the lower face, chin, jaw, and upper neck areas. It can, however, help get rid of the fat that can cause jowls to appear.
No. Intravenous sedation is usually given during chin lipo. So, you might be drowsy after the procedure and will not be allowed to drive a car home. You should arrange for someone reliable to pick you up after the surgery.
There are no dietary restrictions after chin lipo. You are free to eat whatever you want to eat.
Many factors, like genetics, play a role. Sometimes, the fat stores in the chin are just too stubborn and do not go away with weight loss. In such cases, the best way to remove chin fat is through liposuction.
This is usually related to your genetics. Some people tend to store fat in specific areas of the body. That’s the neck and chin region in your case. Chin lipo can permanently remove the fat stores in this region and get rid of double chin.
Your Chin Liposuction Consultation with Dr Turner
If you’re considering a chin liposuction procedure, the very first step will be to meet with Dr Turner for a personal one on one consultation at one of his Sydney or Newcastle clinics. For many patients, we understand that this is a major decision, so we want to make the entire process as comfortable as possible. We’re here to explain each procedure in detail, so that you’re confident with your final decision.
To begin, Dr Turner will help you determine what procedure would be best, based on a number of key factors. Of course, every patient is unique, not only in terms of their skin and facial structure but also their wants and needs. Dr Turner will guide you, discussing the options available from non-surgical to surgical techniques to improve your facial appearance so that you can achieve the results you desire.
Dr Turner and his team will
- Review different procedure options with you
- Discuss all potential risks involved with the procedure
- Outline how the surgery is performed
- Provide an explanation of what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
- Provide detailed cost and payment information
- Take photos and perform an examination
- Answer all your questions
Further Reading and Medical Sources for Chin Liposuction:
- Current Trends in Management of Submental Liposis: A Pooled Analysis and Survey
- Enhancement of the results of neck liposuction with the FAMI technique
- Complications of neck liposuction and submentoplasty
- Neck Contouring and Treatment of Submental Adiposity
Always Do Your Research
- Enquire to find out more about your surgery
- Please read our website to learn more about your intended procedure
Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?
- A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
- Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
- Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral
Making The Most Of Your Consultation
- Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided
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How to Book Your Consultation
- You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment
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