Submental Liposuction, or liposuction of the chin and neck, is a procedure that involves removing the fatty pockets from under chin with liposuction. Often this procedure is used in conjunction with other procedures to rejuvenate the neck, but Dr. Yang does perform Submental Liposuction alone for younger patients and patients whose sole concern is a double chin.
Submental Liposuction Candidate
The best candidates for submental liposuction are patients who are experiencing a sagging neckline (turkey wattle) but still have good skin elasticity so that the skin is able to “snap” back into place upon removal of the excess fat. Similarly, patients undergoing a necklift and/or facelift may be a candidate for the procedure if their neck skin is being weighed down by excess fat. Patients undergoing chin implant surgery may also elect to have submental liposuction to augment the results of their implant surgery and further define their jawline.
About the Procedure
For patients who are undergoing another procedure in addition to submental liposuction, Dr Yang will perform them simultaneously. However, for patients undergoing submental liposuction only, the procedure is performed in the office surgical suite under local anesthesia. During the procedure a small incision is made under the chin for Dr. Yang to insert the suction cannula. If submental liposuction is performed alone it is typically no more than an hour.
After the procedure, patients can expect some soreness, bruising and swelling last no more than one to two weeks depending on whether or not liposuction was performed in conjunction with another surgery. Stitches are removed seven to ten days post-op and patients can resume normal activities within two weeks.