Submental lipoplasty is the surgical removal of unwanted fat deposits from the area below the chin by suctioning them away. The main objective of the surgery is not to remove excess weight, but improve the contour of the jawline/chin. Small incisions are made near the area of lipodystrophy (excess fat); fluid is then injected and a cannula is used to suction out the fluid and excess fat. Submental lipoplasty is occasionally performed in conjunction with face or neck lift for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Though rare, post-operative complications are possible. These may include bleeding, infection, asymmetry or contour abnormality, and altered sensation (numbness, tingling, and/or hypersensitivity). Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise.
Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the surgical site(s), review of patient goals, education on the procedure, explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits; and VECTRA® 3D imaging.
Anesthesia: Monitored Sedation or General Anesthetic
Length: Approximately 1 hour
Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you. You cannot be alone for 24 hours after surgery. We also recommend having someone available to drive you to your post-op appointment(s). You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure.
Moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort are to be expected. You will be seen in office by our postoperative nurses around day 7-10 post-op, and additionally as needed. They will assist you with incision care, suture removal, and assessment of the surgical site; and will advise on long-term care and expectations. You must refrain from strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting, any activities where your head is below your heart, for about 4-6 weeks after surgery.
As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goals of cosmetic plastic surgery are improvement and rejuvenation, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle.
Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately 4-6 months after surgery. Liposuction can continue to heal and settle for many months, and final results may not be apparent for up to a year. Patients may be asked to return after a year has passed for final assessment and photographs.
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