People have been getting liposuction for decades now. It began in the 70s and plastic surgeons have since improved and perfected the procedure. It generally comes with a high satisfaction rate and has become one of the most common cosmetic surgeries.

However, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. It may be effective in many cases, but it’s also invasive, risky, and comes with several side effects. Liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body where unwanted fat resides. The chin is a popular spot because “double chins” are easily developed and often unsightly.

Unfortunately, the face and neck are more delicate than other, larger body parts and therefore can carry even more risks during surgery. Read on to learn more about chin liposuction and its associated risks and side effects.

What is Chin Liposuction?

Liposuction isn’t a lengthy procedure, especially on a smaller area like the chin. To begin, your surgeon will give you some local anesthesia in your chin and neck area. Once that’s done, they’ll make one or two small incisions under your chin. They’ll insert a thin tube into the incisions and use it to suck out excess fat from the area.

Once complete, the incisions are stitched up. It’s not a complicated procedure and it is often done in an hour or less. But – it’s still invasive and requires some healing and recovery time, all the while leaving you vulnerable and at risk.

Chin Liposuction Recovery

The recovery and healing process for chin liposuction will take around three to four weeks. Initially, you’ll want to take at least a week off of work to let your body rest and recover. You’ll want to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise in the first two to three weeks as well.

In the first week at home, you’ll also have to wear a neck compression garment 24/7. After the first week, you can go down to wearing it only at night for the next few weeks.

You’ll also likely experience some bruising and swelling that should last anywhere from one to three weeks. Once the bruising is resolved and the incisions are more healed, you can start slowly going back to your regular life and activities. 

The Main Risks of Chin Liposuction

Liposuction is generally considered safe by many doctors, surgeons, and other professionals. It’s true that many procedures go off without a hitch and the patient recovers just fine. Aside from the pain, discomfort, and long downtime required, they eventually heal and go back to normal.

Unfortunately, though, that’s not the case for everyone. Because it’s an invasive surgery, it comes with many risks and potential long-lasting problems. Before you consider something like chin liposuction, you should be aware of the biggest risks of the procedure, rare or not:

  • Complications from the anesthesia, such as vomiting, nausea, or trouble waking up
  • Damage to nerves, muscles, organs, and blood vessels
  • Developing a hematoma, which could need draining
  • Infection
  • Bleeding and/or blood clots
  • Nerve injury that could cause numbness, weakness, or change the way your skin feels
  • Heart or lung complications
  • The incisions not healing properly or leaving unsightly scars
  • Asymmetry in your face
  • Discoloration, irregularities, or rippling in the skin
  • Pain, swelling, discomfort, or bruising that lasts longer than expected

Many of these risks and potential complications are quite rare, but not impossible. If you’re considering liposuction, the best thing you can do is find a reputable, professional, experienced, and licensed doctor. Then, do everything you can to prepare yourself, your skin, and your body for the safest possible experience.

risks of chin liposuction

Side Effects

Even if you don’t experience any major complications, the procedure still comes with some side effects that are common and expected. None of these should cause permanent damage or discomfort, but they’re unpleasant and inconvenient at the time:

  • Temporary numbness
  • Mild bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Itching at the incision site
  • Scarring varies from person to person, the smaller the incision, the less scarring you’ll likely see
  • You may experience temporary immobility in or around the treatment area

None of these things should last longer than two to three weeks at most. If these side effects don’t subside after that time, you may be looking at something more serious. Many patients report that the pain is easily manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

Chin Liposuction Alternatives

Liposuction has been around for so long that many see it as the first, most obvious choice. In the past, that was mostly true, but you have other options these days. From lasers to skin treatments and other devices, there are safer, less-invasive ways to get rid of fat and contour your body.

For fat reduction and contouring around the face and chin specifically, we offer the following treatment options:

Non-Surgical Face Lift

This is a non-invasive procedure that helps lift and contour several areas on your face. It’s great for:

  • Sunken cheeks
  • Thin lips
  • Under Eye circles
  • Frown lines
  • Loose or sagging skin around the chin/jawline area

Double Chin Removal

For double chins specifically, we offer a non-invasive removal option using the innovative Trusculpt ID system. This device uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy unwanted fat in the chin and neck area.

It’s entirely non-invasive and your skin remains at a comfortable temperature the whole time. Once heated and destroyed, the unwanted fat cells are flushed out through your lymphatic system.

The only side effects you can expect from this treatment are some slight tenderness and warmth in the area immediately after treatment. There is also very little recovery or downtime – you can return to normal activity right after your session.

The only downside is that results take longer to appear – usually within six to 12 weeks after treatment. However, many consider this to be a reasonable trade-off for greater safety, faster recovery, and lower cost.

double chin removal

Get Rid of Your Double Chin Safely

For years, liposuction was the only option for the removal of a double chin and other areas of stubborn, unwanted fat. Thousands of people had the surgery, and many were successful and happy.

But, you can’t deny the dangers, risks, and painful side effects that come with it. Today, you can opt for something safer, faster, and far more comfortable. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today and learn how you can remove that double chin without any surgery at all!

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    Sheila Cloutier

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    1. Inflammation or infection of fat grafting sites
    2. Delayed wound healing
    3. Damage to underlying structures such as muscles or organs
    4. Allergic reactions to medications or materials used during surgery
    5. Changes in sensation or numbness in the treated area
    6. Poor wound closure leading to wound separation or dehiscence
    7. Development of seromas or pockets of fluid beneath the skin
    8. Contour irregularities requiring additional corrective procedures.

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