Excess fat beneath the chin and along the neck line can be difficult to get rid of. Even with a strict diet and regular exercise, it can be nearly impossible to target this area specifically.
With chin liposuction, however, the process of reducing this hard-to-treat fat is easy. The procedure requires just a few small and inconspicuous incisions to be made. Most incisions only need to be about 3 to 4 mm long. Your plastic surgeon will then take a thin metal tube and insert it into the incisions, agitating the fat and suctioning it out. The process reveals fantastic results — a refined jaw line, a slimmer overall appearance, and a more contoured profile.
But what about chin liposuction recovery?
How long does this period last? Will you be in pain? When can you exercise and return to work again?
We answer these and other questions related to your recovery from chin liposuction below.
What to Expect After Chin Liposuction
How Long Is Chin Lipo Recovery?
The initial period of chin liposuction recovery usually lasts around one to two weeks. By the two-week mark, you will typically be back at work and doing many of your regular activities.
It may take a few more weeks for you to return to an exercise routine and a bit longer until you can stop wearing your compression garment altogether. After that first week of recovery, however, you can expect to make improvements with each passing day.
How Long After Chin Lipo Do You See Results?
The complete results from your surgery will take a few months to be revealed. First, you’ll need to go through the initial recovery stage: some slight discomfort, a lot of swelling, and some bruising. This will take a few days to a week.
During this time, you’ll be wearing a chin compression garment to help tighten up that skin so that it matches the newly snatched definition you gave. Compression garments usually need to be worn for a few weeks, but over time, you can reduce the amount of hours you need to wear them each day. Every patient is different, so talk to your plastic surgeon about how long you should have to wear your garment.
After three to four weeks, you should see some good progress on your results. Most patients are super happy with their outcome at this point, and it’s going to get even better. You’ll see continual improvement on the appearance of your scars, and the swelling should dissipate even more over the next few months until finally, all of your swelling is gone.
Will I Have Chin Liposuction Scars?
Yes. Although we wish there was a way to perform chin liposuction without scars of any kind, this has not been developed yet. Therefore, if you’re going to undergo liposuction, you’re going to need incisions, and the incisions will produce scarring.
The good news is that the cannulas used for facial liposuction are very small — usually only around 3 mm in diameter. This means that the incisions only need to be slightly bigger than 3 mm. Furthermore, as you recover from this procedure, your scars are going to lay flat and lighten up in color.
How to Minimize Scars After Double Chin Liposuction
Several steps can be taken to reduce the appearance of scars after this procedure. First, you’ll want to talk to your surgeon about using massage. A few weeks after surgery, you can start massaging the treatment area yourself. You don’t need to see a professional massage therapist in most cases. This type of massage doesn’t usually feel good, but it can be very effective at helping your skin retract and helping those small scars lay flat.
Sometimes, silicone treatments can also be used to minimize the appearance of scars. And finally, be sure to wear sunscreen over your scars whenever you are out in the sun — even on a cloudy day. UV light from the sun can make scars appear darker in color.
How to Prepare for Double Chin Lipo Recovery
The best way to prepare for double chin lipo recovery is to know what to expect. Reading through this article and understanding the basic timeline of recovery is a great place to start. Once you have a good understanding of this timeline, you can create a plan.
For example, you may want some in-home assistance for the first day or two after surgery just to run errands, pick up prescriptions, and possibly help you make food at home etc. After this point, expect to take around a week off of work or school.
Make sure you have some gentle nonphysical activities planned. You might line up some movies to watch with friends. Create a short schedule for yourself so that you get up and walk around frequently to promote circulation. Make freezer meals beforehand. You might even set up a cozy and comfortable recovery area for yourself.
FAQ: Chin Lipo Recovery
How much does chin liposuction cost?
Most chin liposuction procedures cost between $2,000 and $5,000. Prices will vary, however, depending on where you get surgery, who you choose to be your surgeon, and if you decide to have other procedures done such as a facelift, injectables, etc.
What should you expect from chin liposuction after 1 week?
The vast majority of chin liposuction patients are back at work after one week. You may need to wear your compression garment at night after you get home from work, but most of your swelling should be down by this time, and you should have little to no bruising.
What happens at 3 weeks after chin lipo?
Three weeks after chin liposuction, you should feel fairly good. You’ll be back at work, the bruising will be gone, you shouldn’t have any residual pain, and your results should be apparent.
Do keep in mind that some swelling will persist even past the three- and four-week mark, but it should likely be gone after around three or four months.
How long is chin swollen after lipo?
Most chin swelling should be gone about 3 to 4 weeks after surgery, but some residual swelling may last for several months.
What if I don’t like my chin liposuction results?
If you choose a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon for chin liposuction bad results are rare. However, if you’re unhappy with your results after double chin removal via liposuction, contact your plastic surgeon to see what can be done.
How do you know how long wear compression after chin lipo?
Every patient is different. Some patients may need to wear their compression garment longer to help their skin bounce back a little more. Often, younger patients with elastic skin don’t need to wear their compression garments for as long.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Whether you’ve always wanted chin liposuction or have only just decided to look into it, a consultation appointment with Dr. Nicholas Lahar is where it all starts. At your appointment, you’ll get a chance to discuss your candidacy, options, recovery, and more. Be sure to bring any questions you may have and pictures if they will help explain your aesthetic goals.
Ready to get started? Call today to schedule your appointment.