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The chin is an important landmark in the facial profile. Often, the extension of the chin is not adequate giving the midface and the nose a falsely large appearance. A “weak chin” brings disharmony in its relationship to other facial structures. As we age, we also start to develop a “double chin”. This is due to both the deposition of fat underneath the chin and also to the laxity of a muscle sling that suspends the tissue underneath the chin.
In a chin liposuction procedure, the incisions are hidden by the jaw line and are usually extremely small. Doctors performing chin liposuction use a tiny titanium or stainless steel wand called a cannula, preventing chin liposuction patients from having to endure large incisions or excessive bleeding/bruising. Doctors using modern chin liposuction procedures have found that patients recover more quickly, and many individuals who have chin liposuction performed are able to return to work the next day, although many wait until the chin liposuction associated bandages are removed and swelling and bruising disappear.
Re-establishment of ideal chin contour can be achieved by augmenting the chin with an implant (silicone, Teflon or Dacron) or by making a horizontal incision in the jawbone and sliding the separated bone into the desired position. Both are done through incisions hidden in the mouth. Fat can be removed by liposuction or the muscle sling tightened (platysma placation) to remove the “double chin” through a small incision placed underneath the chin.
Each patient’s experience with facial implants may differ. Mild to moderate bruising and minimal discomfort can be expected with either procedure. If chin liposuction is performed, sutures are removed from the small external incision underneath the chin within 5 to 7 days. If a chin implant is placed, the sutures are internal and dissolve on their own.
It is important to consult with your doctor so that one understands which procedure is most appropriate in order to achieve optimal surgical results. Most doctors and hospitals offer a complimentary consultation to provide education, assistance in identifying the appropriate recommendation for each individual, computer imaging to communicate visually, and assistance with your financial investment.
Because the face is so visible, chin liposuction can drastically change the way people are viewed both by others and themselves. While chin liposuction removes minimal amounts of fat, it often makes patients appear pounds lighter and years younger.
Chin liposuction performed by a skilled plastic surgeon can work wonders for the patient’s appearance. Individuals considering chin liposuction should consult a physician with their questions and learn as much as possible about the chin liposuction procedure. A qualified physician should be able to provide answers and may help you decide if chin liposuction is right for you.