When people hear the word “liposuction”, they usually think of the tummy and midriff area of the body. While this is the most common part of the anatomy where excess fat is removed, double chins are a cause for anxiety in many people as well. The accumulation of fatty tissue under the chin is usually due to gravity, the effects of aging, overeating, or in some cases, genetics. Some Millennials, still in their early 20s, experience submental fullness, where the skin sags and droops. If a person’s facial features are still youthful but they have a double chin, it can age them tremendously. The chin is the foundation of the face, and too much fullness can literally make the chin disappear.
Liposuction is a great solution for reducing excess volume under the chin. It produces a better, more defined jawline and can restore a more youthful appearance. The best candidate for neck liposuction is a person who still has good skin elasticity that will contract back into shape. Typically, that is someone between the ages of 20 and 50. *Liposuction is able to remove excess fat but is unable to remove sagging skin.* There is no point of removing the fullness if the skin will continue to droop after the liposuction procedure. A more invasive procedure would be necessary to remove the sagging skin.
Dr. Cory Torgerson offers neck liposuction treatments at his facial plastic clinic in downtown Toronto. During a consultation, he may suggest more invasive methods to remove excess skin under the chin. It is possible that he will suggest neck lift surgery for clients who require not only the fullness to be removed, but also the tissue to be tightened.
For younger people, liposuction is a quick solution that can be accomplished with local anaesthetic. Tiny half-inch incisions are made either under the chin or behind the ears, where a narrow tube is inserted. The excess fat is drained with a vacuum-type suction. It’s normal for swelling to occur, and this may make it necessary for the candidate to wear supportive chin straps for 3 to 4 days following the procedure. The straps help contain the swelling and assist in restoring the skin to its natural contour. To prevent infection, antibiotics may be prescribed too. A week off of work is necessary for the healing process to take place and to recover from the swelling and bruising. Two weeks off is recommended before resuming activities such as sports or working out at the gym.
Liposuction is able to restore a more pleasing profile and better defined jawline, but anyone choosing this treatment must be aware that it may be only a temporary solution. The results of neck liposuction can only be maintained as long as a person’s weight is maintained. Overeating may cause fullness under the chin to occur again. Also, the natural effects of aging and gravity may necessitate subsequent liposuction treatments at a later date.
If you are considering neck liposuction, please contact Dr. Torgerson’s facial cosmetic clinic today to book a complimentary consultation.