Facial liposuction, also known as submental liposuction, is the removal of fat from under the chin using a suction device. In other words, it is a way to rid you of a double chin, jowls, or chubbiness under the chin. The fat is sucked out from either an incision in the mouth (intraoral) or a transdermal incision under the chin.
This kind of liposuction can make your face and neck look significantly thinner and make you look like you’ve lost a lot of weight. It can help rescue receding or too-small chin.
Some patients may benefits from both chin liposuction and a chin implant to make the chin more prominent and balance the face. The removal of this excess fat can significantly define a lower facial structure.
Surgery: A thin tube called a cannula is inserted into a pocket of fat through a small incision. The cannula is run back and forth to break up the fat. Next, the fat is suctioned out through the cannula by a vacuum device.
Facial liposuction is usually done under light sedation with local anesthesia, unless you are having other facial procedures or other cosmetic surgery done at the same time. A 2-4 centimeter incision is made in the angle of your lower jaw, just under your chin, or between your guns and at the bottom of your inner lower lip.
With the external incisions, at the jaw angle or under the chin, the cannula will be inserted into the incision and the tip will be moved back and forth to loosen the fat. The suction will remove the loosened fat cells.
The incisions are then closed. Antibiotic-soaked gauze is placed between the lower lip and your guns and a pressure dressing is wrapped around the top of your head to underneath your chin.
Recovery: While you rest, use two pillows to keep your head elevated for the first 1-2 weeks. Your neck and lower face will look even more swollen a few days after surgery than they did on the first day, but the swelling and bruising will dissipate. Because of the incisions, your diet requires a little extra attention. It is important to wash all fruits and vegetables and avoid raw fish, including sushi, rare meat, or any other foods that could contain higher amounts of bacteria. Directions are given after surgery to rinse with an antiseptic solution several times a day. It is also important that you do not touch the incisions with your tongue, nor pick at them. Your swelling will subside within a few weeks and your chin will become more defined.