Submental liposuction in London
Fat under the chin can make many patients feel very self-conscious with a subsequent reduction in self-confidence. Also referred to as a ‘double chin’, submental liposuction may be a suitable treatment option for those patients who are at or near a normal body mass index. Surgeons at Centre for Surgery in London have years of experience in performing submental liposuction also known as chin liposuction and neck liposuction.
Submental liposuction or chin lipo is a suitable solution for men and women who are wishing to remove fat under the chin. Submental liposuction is considered to be a good alternative to neck lift surgery in those with good quality skin with minimal skin laxity, as the procedure has fewer complications and scars, and has a quicker recovery period. Submental liposuction may provide a more natural looking appearance when compared to a neck lift in younger patients.
Chin liposuction involves the removal of fat from below the jaw, as well as in the jowls and cheeks. Excess fat in these areas often makes a person look older and chubby. Submental liposuction is considered a safe solution to the problem.
For those with moderate amounts of skin laxity, submental liposuction and jawline lipo can often be combined with FaceTite and Morpheus8 for skin contraction without the scars, risks or downtime of traditional facelift surgery.
If you are wishing to remove excess skin from the neck, you may be interested in a neck lift.
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What is Submental Liposuction?
Submental liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is very effective for contouring the chin, jawline and lower face region by the removal of excess fat. The excess fat is what is often responsible for the “double chin” appearance.
During a liposuction procedure, fat is removed from the chin area to create a slimmer, more youthful contour. It is a simple, straightforward surgery with minimal downtime but offering excellent results.
For patients who are older who have become worried about excess, saggy skin and wish to achieve a more youthful look, undergoing a necklift may be a more suitable option. This is a minimally invasive technique that allows patients to have excess tissue removed, in order to achieve a more defined contour of the neck.
While these two procedures can be performed separately if desired the two can be combined in order to achieve the best results.
Submental liposuction can also be combined with chin implants.
Why is Submental Liposuction so effective?
Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, women and men often have great difficulty in shifting unwanted fat deposits beneath the chin and neck region. These patients are often very slim otherwise and often the only solution to restore face and neck aesthetics is with a carefully undertaken submental liposuction procedure. Some patients will have a genetic predisposition to forming submental fat deposits and may not have known that a safe and effective treatment is available.
Patients opt for submental liposuction because the procedure provides excellent results and quickly. Many patients remark about feeling much more confident with an increase in self-esteem once they recovered fully after 3 months. The end result is a more defined and sculpted jawline and chin area.
Ideal candidates for Submental Liposuction
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with submental liposuction surgery.
Suitable candidates for submental liposuction include those who:
- Have excess fat in their neck, jowls and cheeks.
- Have skin elasticity
- Are in good physical health
Those who do not have skin elasticity, which is often a result of ageing, are still considered suitable for the procedure. However, they may not achieve the same results as younger patients.
Surgeons at Centre for Surgery do not offer this procedure to patients below the age of 18.
The submental liposuction consultation
All patients will need to have a consultation before proceeding with a chin lipo procedure. At consultation, the surgeon will want to learn about your goals and you will have an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the submental liposuction procedure and ask any relevant questions you may have.
The surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the neck liposuction procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
Preparing for Submental Liposuction
Our expert pre-operative assessment team will provide you with detailed pre and post-op information when you are scheduled for your liposuction procedure. Patients who smoke will be advised to stop for at least 2 weeks before the date of their chin lipo procedure. Smoking has detrimental effects on your circulation and is well known to slow the healing process. All medications, prescribed and over the counter will be reviewed. Aspirin and aspirin containing medicines should be stopped both before and after surgery. Aspirin and NSAIDS impair the body’s natural clotting process and may cause bleeding complications after surgery. If you require pain relief after surgery, paracetamol is advised.
If you are scheduled to have your procedure with a general anaesthetic, then you will be required to fast for a minimum of 6 hours for food and 2 hours for water.
The submental liposuction procedure
Submental liposuction is performed as a day case procedure meaning you will be admitted and discharged on the same day. This means you can recover in the comfort of your own home. Day case procedures have been shown in research to have a lower risk of complications compared with procedures where an in-patient stay is required. Submental liposuction takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to perform. if combined with other procedures it may take longer and TIVA general anaesthetic is more suited for longer cases.
You can have the procedure under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. Submental liposuction is a type of liposuction that is well suited to treatment with a specialised type of local anaesthetic known as tumescent local anaesthesia.
Tumescent local anaesthesia is carefully infiltrated into the lower face, chin and neck region. Once the local anaesthesia has taken effect, very small incisions are made in inconspicuous areas of the chin and neck. There is usually one small incision underneath the chin and one small incision beneath each each ear for access for to the jawline. To facilitate efficient fat extraction, the surgeon my deploy a very fine laser fibre to liquify the fat prior to gentle removal with a suction cannula. A small liposuction cannula is deployed for the liposuction component of the procedure. It is important not to overdo the liposuction to minimise the risk of skin irregularities as the neck skin is known to be particularly thin compared with other body areas. A gentle technique is vital.
The procedure is ideally suited for younger patients with good skin elasticity. With older patients, there is risk of residual skin laxity. In patients over the age of 45, the surgeon will often combine submental liposuction with a neck lift. The neck lift is designed to address redundant skin and tighten and sculpt the the chin and neck.
The surgeon precisely contours the chin and jawline region by removing excess fat deposits. A postoperative compression garment is then placed to ensure optimal healing. The compression garment should be worn continuously for the first week following the procedure to allow the skin to redrape over the new contours more effectively.
Recovery after submental liposuction
After submental liposuction, you may notice some bruising, swelling and tenderness. This can be treated with ice packs and, if necessary, pain medication.
Patients can return to work in two or three days.
You will be a given a garment which you will be required to wear at all times except when washing. The garment should be worn for four weeks total.
Submental liposuction before and after
Side effects and risks of Submental Liposuction
With all cosmetic surgery procedures, there are risks and potential complications. Submental liposuction is no different. By choosing Centre for Surgery, you can be assured of having a highly experienced surgeon to carry out your procedure. You must make sure to follow the detailed preoperative and postoperative instructions to reduce the risk of any complications occurring.
Side effects and risks of submental liposuction:
- Bruising and swelling
- Altered sensory changes
- Anaesthetic risks
- Postoperative haemorrhage
- Surgical site infection
- Worsened skin laxity
- Requirement for revision surgery
If something does not seem right following your procedure, please contact Centre for Surgery as soon as possible using the emergency contact number supplied to you on the day of your procedure.
Submental liposuction cost
There are a number of factors which will determine the overall cost of the submental liposuction procedure and the final quotation will be given after your face to face consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon.
- Submental lipo alone or combined with FaceTite or neck lift
- Local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic
- Primary or revision chin lipo
Why not call 0207 993 4849 and speak to one of our expert patient coordinators who may be able to give you a rough costing prior to having a consultation for a brow lift procedure.
Always remember that price should never be the determining factor when it comes to choosing your provider. We feel that safety and quality of service should be your number one priority and instilling in you the confidence that our team will look after you before, during and after your procedure to the best of their ability.
Spread the cost of your procedure
Centre for Surgery are fully approved to offer finance via our specialist finance partner, Chrysalis Finance.
You no longer need to use your savings to pay for your treatment – you can apply to spread the cost of your procedure with Chrysalis Finance using their simple 1,2,3 application to pay for your procedure.
Don’t wait until you have enough money for your treatment, apply today and (subject to status) pay for your procedure easily in monthly instalments, using one of their payment options.
Chrysalis Finance is the only ethical provider who focus solely in the provision of specialist financing for medical procedures.
What should I do before the submental liposuction procedure?Refrain from smoking.
Stop certain medications which increase the risk of bleeding.
Use an antiseptic preoperative body wash to reduce the risk of infection on the night of and on the morning of your procedure.
Am I a good candidate for submental liposuction?You may be a suitable candidate if you are wishing to remove excess fat in the neck, jowls and cheeks. You will need to have good skin elasticity and be in good health.
What does submental liposuction involve?Tumescent local anaesthesia is used to numb the neck area. A small incision is made beneath the chin and often 2 small incisions are made behind each ear. Liposuction using fine cannulas and gentle suction is used to remove the correct amount of fat. Often no sutures are required and a compression garment is worn for up to four weeks to improve healing.
What type of anaesthetic is used?A local or general anaesthetic will be used. With a local anaesthetic you will be awake for the procedure but you will be unable to feel anything in the treatment area.
How long will submental liposuction take?Submental liposuction takes around two hours on average to perform.
What is the recovery period like?You will experience some pain and discomfort, as well as some swelling and bruising. You may wish to take pain medication to help increase your comfort levels.
When can I go back to work?You may need to take two to three days off work.
What are the risks associated with submental liposuction?Bleeding and infection are rare complications of neck liposuction. Both complications respond very well to timely treatment.
Will I need to wear a compression garment?You will need to wear a compression garment for between 2-4 weeks. You will need to wear the compression garment at both day and night for the first 2 weeks followed by night only for the next 2 weeks.
What To Expect
When you have a consultation with your surgeon, a number of measurements are taken of the neck and chin area where fat is to be removed and an assessment will be made of the soft tissue quality. Those who have good skin elasticity then you will be a good candidate for submental liposuction alone. Your surgeon has is skilled in all types of liposuction including power assisted liposuction and the most appropriate choice will be made based on your physical examination. The surgeon will also give information on the location of the small incisions for the submental liposuction and also whether the liposuction is to be combined with another procedure such as a neck lift.
High-resolution photos will be taken and your surgeon may also use computer digital imaging. Your surgeon will take time to discuss the important risks and potential complications of liposuction surgery and what you can expect in the postoperative period.
The surgeon will also take a full medical history which includes previous operations, current list of medicines taken and any potential allergies. This information will be used to decide on your fitness for the chin liposuction procedure. If you are deemed to be a suitable candidate for neck liposuction surgery then we would recommend to spend a period of time to reflect on all the information given. We always recommend a minimum of a '2 week cool off period' for to weigh up your options.
All our prospective patients are more than welcome to have as many follow-up consultations after their initial consultation to make sure you are fully empowered with all the information to make an informed decision for proceeding with chin liposuction surgery at Centre for Surgery.
Before the consultation
Once you have decided that submental liposuction is right for you, our preoperative assessment team will be in contact to prepare you for surgery.
The following are recommended actions to take:
- For 6 weeks beforehand, it is highly recommended to stop smoking as active smoking is associated with a number of risks including delayed wound healing which could result in wound infection.
- You should also avoid aspirin and all medicines containing aspirin for at least one week prior to the liposuction procedure.
- For 6 hours before the liposuction procedure, you should refrain from eating any food or any type of drink apart from sips of clear fluid (water and tea/coffee without added milk) which is allowed for up to 2 hours before the procedure.
On the day of your procedure
Please aim to arrive for your liposuction procedure at the confirmed time. One of our nursing team will admit you for the procedure and will carry out a number of tasks including checking your blood pressure and other vital signs including pulse and temperature and then getting you changed into single-use clinic wear. The anaesthetist will then come in to assess you to make sure you are fit for TIVA anaesthetic and will also prescribe a number of pre-medications which are given by your nurse to help your recovery after the liposuction procedure. You will then be seen by your surgeon who will confirm the procedure to undertaken and you will sign the informed consent form. Skin marking and photos may be taken at this point.
Liposuction is a very commonly performed procedure at Centre for Surgery and is commonly carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case. TIVA general anaesthetic is an option if you wish to be asleep for your procedure.. The procedure takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to carry out. During liposuction surgery, your surgeon will make small incisions in the marked body areas The fat tissue is surgically removed using specialised cannulas to contour the marked body areas before closing the skin with dissolvable sutures.
Once you have recovered from the anaesthetic, our nurses will closely monitor you for 1-3 hours afterwards to make sure you make a full recovery. You will be given a fruit juice drink or a hot drink as you prefer to build up your energy levels. Once you are assessed as fit for discharge, you will require a responsible adult escort to take you home in a car or taxi and to look after you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
After your procedure
After your procedure, our dedicated postoperative support team are available round the clock to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our team will call you regularly for the first 2 weeks after your procedure to make sure your pain levels are well controlled and your healing is progressing as normal.
The recovery after submental liposuction is usually very straightforward with minimal discomfort that can be effectively controlled with tablet painkillers and the majority of our patients are very comfortable by the end of week 1. Your doctor may recommend a period of approximately one week off work. You should minimise any excessive physical activity for the first 2 weeks after surgery to help with the healing of the incisions and reduce swelling.
You will be required to wear a supportive compression garment for the face and neck for a full 6 weeks to make sure healing is optimal, and also so that scars heal with best results.
You will attend for a postoperative check up with one of our nursing team at 7-10 days to review your surgical wound sites and ensure proper healing is taking place. Recommendations on treatments for scar healing may be given for optimal cosmesis. At 6 weeks you should begin to see your final results and you will see your surgeon for a comprehensive review and make sure your results are in line with your expectations.