Chin liposuction scars are extremely small. Most patients only require one incision, which will be located directly beneath and slightly behind the mental protuberance (the point of the chin). This scar will usually only be a few millimeters long and should fade and heal flat over time.
Certain patients may require two additional small incisions — one where each earlobe meets the head. But each of these will also be well-hidden. Most patients are happy to accept these minimal scars because of the amazing facial transformation chin and neck lipo can provide.
If you’re planning to undergo chin and neck liposuction (also called submental liposuction) and are concerned about scars, read on. Ahead, we’ll discuss how this surgery is performed, how long it usually takes incisions to heal, and a few tips for helping your chin lipo scars heal even better.
First, let’s describe the procedure itself in a bit more detail.
What Is Chin Liposuction?
When it comes to facial surgery, injectables, Botox, and even makeup — the chin and neck are often neglected.
Still, this area of the facial profile remains a vital part of your overall appearance. Unfortunately, not everyone was born with a jaw and neckline they love. Moreover, as we age, the facial tissue may begin sagging. It’s at this point that many people find themselves scrutinizing their “double chins” in the mirror.
Chin liposuction is the procedure that gets rid of double chins. It can slim the neckline, provide a more elegant silhouette for women, and create a more masculine “chiseled” profile for men.
The procedure itself is not unlike other liposuction procedures. The area is numbed, and the patient is made comfortable. Then, a small incision is made directly below the chin. A small facial cannula is inserted into the incision, and unwanted fat is suctioned out. The incision is closed, a bandage and compression garment is put on, and the patient is monitored for a short time before going home.
Does Chin Lipo Leave Scars?
Yes. Like any type of liposuction, chin and neck liposuction leaves scars. This is because incisions are involved, and whenever this is the case … scars are inevitable. Now, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have highly noticeable scars — far from it, in fact.
How Big Is the Chin Liposuction Scar?
Chin lipo normally requires just one small incision that is a few millimeters long. This will be an extremely short scar, just long enough to insert a cannula.
How Many Chin Lipo Scars Will You Have?
This depends. Most patients need just one incision (so, one scar), which is located beneath the chin.
Some patients may need additional incisions. This tends to be the case when a patient has larger jowls and more excess fat on the sides of the neck.
If this is the case, your plastic surgeon may make one small incision below each earlobe so that they can better maneuver their cannula to remove fat in these areas. Incisions near the ears are even more well hidden than the central incision beneath the point of the chin.
How Long Does It Take for a Chin Lipo Scar to Heal?
Fortunately, double chins can be quite easily treated, and the recovery time for this procedure is minimal. Most patients will return to work in a couple of days and will fully heal within three months.
Swelling is usually the last symptom to hang around. Eventually all excess swelling will disappear, and you should be left with a beautiful result.
Why Are Compression Garments Worn After Liposuction?
Compressing garments are required after liposuction for a number of reasons. First, they will improve your overall healing experience by reducing bruising and swelling more quickly.
In addition, a compression band is going to hold your skin in a retracted position so that it adheres better to its new shape and size. As you heal, we want to create the best possible neckline for you. Ideally, your skin will slightly shrink so that you don’t have sagging and wrinkles once you’ve healed and that excess fat is gone.
Do Chin Liposuction Scars Go Away?
Not entirely, but they’ll definitely fade more and more as time goes on. With proper care during your recovery time, most patients won’t even be able to see their scars after a few years. There are certainly some additional steps you can take to help your scars become even less noticeable, and these are outlined below.
As a side note, many people already have a scar beneath their chin from minor accidents as children. If you already have such a scar under chin liposuction can often be performed through the same spot so that no new scar is made.
Also, if you are a man and you typically have a beard, this is often a good thing because a beard can help cover your scar. Of course, makeup can also be used when necessary.
What Can You Do to Minimize the Appearance of a Chin Liposuction Scar?
So, you’ve come to terms with the fact that you’ll have scars after surgery. But you’d obviously like them to be as discreet as possible.
How can you minimize your liposuction scars? Here’s what we recommend:
Follow your aftercare instructions closely.
It’s crucial to follow your post-surgical instructions. Make rest and recovery your priority. Sleep in the advised position, and maintain healthy habits.
Wear your compression garment.
A compression garment will help your skin retract so that it doesn’t sag down after the reduction of fat it used to be holding in. Likewise, your compression garment will reduce swelling and bruising, which will quicken your recovery.
Have patience during the healing process.
Don’t try to rush the healing process by taking off your bandages too soon, using makeup too soon, or not getting enough rest from exercise. Take things slow and have patience, and you’ll see the best results.
Avoid sun exposure.
The sun is terrible for scars. Exposing yourself to ultraviolet rays will make your scars more noticeable and will deteriorate the overall quality of your skin as well. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen.
Consume a balanced and healthy diet.
After liposuction on the chin, stay healthy. Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and don’t smoke. A healthy individual with healthy habits will heal well from surgery.
FAQ: Chin Liposuction Scar Development & Healing
Will neck liposuction leave scar tissue?
You should not have uncomfortable or visible scar tissue after this procedure. Speak to your surgeon if you’ve noticed adhesions or other scar issues during the healing process.
Can I get another cosmetic surgery at the same time as double chin liposuction?
Yes, many other procedures go well with this procedure. For example, buccal fat removal is quite popular. This procedure can remove unwanted fat from the cheeks. When you take excess fat out of each cheek on some individuals, it can enhance their overall appearance, putting emphasis on the cheek bones.
Really, you can get chin and neck liposuction with most any other surgical treatment. Depending on the patient, their desired outcome, and who your surgeon is, you may be able to combine it with tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation, and other common procedures.
Can chin lipo get rid of a double chin?
If you have a “double chin”, then yes, you can get rid of your double chin with chin and neck lipo.
How much does neck liposuction cost?
Your chin liposuction cost will depend on who your surgeon is, how much liposuction you require and how complicated your surgery will be, whether you’re combining this procedure with other procedures, and other important factors. For this reason, you really need to meet directly with a board-certified surgeon to get an accurate estimate on your chin liposuction cost.
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Thinking about chin liposuction? This simple, yet highly effective procedure can totally change the way you look for the better. Our patients have seen outstanding results.
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