What to Expect After Chin Liposuction
Chin liposuction, aka submental liposuction, can be used to correct a double chin and improve the appearance of the chin, neck, and jawline. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is a world-renowned and Harvard-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and he offers liposuction under the chin to help patients revitalize their facial appearance.
Before Dr. Azizzadeh performs chin liposuction, he educates his patients about all aspects of treatment. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh enables his patients to fully prepare for the chin liposuction recovery period.
What Happens After Chin Liposuction?
Following chin liposuction, the initial recovery period typically lasts a few days. During chin lipo recovery, patients may experience swelling in the chin and neck. A submental liposuction patient wears a head-wrap, which alleviates pressure under the chin, limits swelling, and helps the skin conform to the neck contour.
Pain, fever, and infection are among the most-common side effects associated with chin liposuction. These side effects can appear in the days after submental liposuction and are usually temporary.
Patients are susceptible to severe complications due to submental liposuction as well. These include:
- Undertreatment: Occurs when chin liposuction improves the appearance of the neck line but does not fully enhance the jawline’s definition.
- Overtreatment: Leads to skin dimples and irregularities following chin liposuction.
- Seroma: Refers to a collection of fluid that forms in the body after chin liposuction.
Dr. Azizzadeh tailors a chin liposuction to his patient, which allows him to minimize the risk of serious complications. He also offers detailed recommendations to ensure a patient can limit the risk of complications during chin lipo recovery. These recommendations may include:
- Avoid bending over, lifting heavy objects, or other strenuous activities
- Ensure ice is readily available to place on the treatment area and minimize swelling
- Rest in a recliner chair and keep the head at a 30° angle
Along with chin lipo recovery recommendations, Dr. Azizzadeh monitors his patient’s progress in the weeks after treatment. That way, Dr. Azizzadeh ensures that his patient can achieve the best-possible chin liposuction results.
When Will Chin Liposuction Results Become Visible?
The initial results of chin liposuction become visible within about one week of treatment. At this point, a patient may notice enhanced facial harmony, due to the fact that their chin will look increasingly proportional to their eyes, cheeks, and other facial features.
Full results of chin liposuction usually appear within a few months of treatment. But, it is important to note that a patient’s response to chin liposuction varies, and in some instances, it can take up to one year before the full results of chin liposuction become transparent.
Dr. Azizzadeh is available to address a patient’s concerns regarding chin liposuction after treatment. If a patient is worried about scarring or other issues following a chin liposuction procedure, he or she is encouraged to reach out to Dr. Azizzadeh for assistance at any point during their recovery period.
Will a Chin Liposuction Scar Appear After Treatment?
Chin liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires Dr. Azizzadeh to make a small incision into a patient’s chin. After surgery, a chin liposuction scar is visible, and it will remain with a patient in the years to follow.
Dr. Azizzadeh carefully performs chin liposuction, and he uses a comprehensive process to limit post-surgery scarring. As such, a scar may appear immediately after a chin liposuction procedure, but it will become virtually invisible to the naked eye in the years after treatment.
Can Makeup Be Used to Cover Up a Chin Liposuction Scar?
Makeup should not be used on the chin for at least a week after chin liposuction, even if a patient wants to cover up a post-surgery scar. Once swelling subsides in the chin following surgery, however, a patient is good to go to use makeup.
Along with makeup, a patient can have their sutures removed approximately one week after chin liposuction surgery. The patient should also be able to see a defined jawline, sleeker neck, and other visible improvements in their appearance within seven days of chin liposuction, too.
How Long Do the Results of Chin Liposuction Last?
On average, chin liposuction results last seven to 10 years. Much in the way that every chin liposuction patient is different, the results of surgery depend on the extent of treatment. Yet, regardless of patient and the extent of treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh does everything possible to help his patients prolong their chin liposuction surgery results.
In addition to offering tips to streamline chin lipo recovery, Dr. Azizzadeh provides recommendations to help patients care for their facial skin. He understands that genetics, environment, and other factors can impact the natural skin aging process and helps patients determine safe, effective ways to manage skin issues. As a result, Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients avoid a double chin or other issues that otherwise negatively affect the appearance of the chin, neck, and jawline.
Of course, Dr. Azizzadeh can perform other facial rejuvenation procedures to revitalize other areas of the face following a chin liposuction treatment, too. For instance, a patient can use Botox injections after chin liposuction to correct crow’s feet, frown lines, and other cosmetic issues that contribute to facial asymmetry. Or, a patient can undergo a blepharoplasty following chin liposuction to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes and improve facial harmony.
Learn More About Chin Liposuction
Dr. Azizzadeh offers free in-person and virtual consultations to patients who want to learn about chin liposuction and other cosmetic procedures. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.