Even when you’re at your ideal weight, your face may look heavier because of stubborn fat deposits around your chin or jawline. This is, unfortunately, part of the aging process and is not dictated by weight or build. Some call it the “double chin” – and while this feature can detract from the rest of your appearance, it can be altered with chin liposuction.
Dr. Leo Lapuerta provides chin liposuction in Houston, TX for patients, along with other youth-restoring facial procedures, such as cheek augmentation or chin implant.
Dr. Leo Lapuerta, an experienced, triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, performs this chin lipo in Houston, Pearland, and Katy, Texas.
Chin liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that is conducted by making tiny incisions – these disappear after healing with almost no scarring. During the surgery, the doctor removes excess fat from the chin area, which helps to create a firmer neckline. The tissue won’t return, which allows you to enjoy long-term facial rejuvenation.
Before you even have the procedure, however, first you must schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. He will talk with you about your goals and determine the best procedure to help you achieve those goals.
The actual procedure will take about an hour, but it can last longer if other procedures are performed at the same time. This outpatient procedure is performed at an accredited hospital or surgical center. Once the incisions have been made, a cannula will be inserted. This is a small hollow tube that breaks up the fatty tissue and suctions it out. Dr. Lapuerta will sculpt the area to create the desired results and close the incisions.
You can expect to have some swelling and bruising around the incision sites after the surgery. Any discomfort is usually mild and can be managed by over-the-counter pain medication. The swelling and bruising will dissipate in the next week, allowing you to see the results. In about six weeks, you should notice a distinct difference in your chin and neck.
You will be able to continue most of your daily activities within a few days, except for exercise or heavy lifting. The doctor may provide a chin strap for you to wear to promote healing.
Anyone who is in overall good health is a good candidate for liposuction along the chin. They should have reasonable expectations about the results. If the patient is between 40 and 45 years of age, they may still have good elasticity, which will yield better results. However, older patients can still get the desired results by combining the procedure with other treatments.
It’s best to wait to schedule this procedure until you have reached your optimal weight. Weight gain or loss can alter the results, which is why it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to retain the new look.
Before scheduling the chin augmentation surgery, the patient will first attend several meetings with Dr. Lapuerta, including a consultation meeting and a pre-operative appointment. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will assess the patient’s health, review the patient’s concerns and aesthetic goals, and determine if the patient is a good candidate for chin augmentation surgery. If the patient and surgeon decide to move forward with the procedure, the surgeon will discuss additional details and expectations during the pre-operative appointment. Then they can schedule a date for the chin augmentation surgery.
The chin augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Lapuerta performs under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility in Texas. The entire surgery typically takes about an hour to complete, but it sometimes takes longer depending on the chosen technique.
Having liposuction under the chin can enhance your appearance in many ways. It can eliminate the double chin by removing the submental fat, which will help create a more noticeable jawline. This procedure sculpts the tissue along the neckline to help your face look thinner.
Liposuction around the chin can balance your facial features and provide long-lasting results. Since the fatty tissue won’t come back, it can take years off your face, making you look younger and have more definition.
Liposuction along the chin can be combined with other facial procedures to give you a new look. For instance, you may decide to have a neck lift, which can tighten the skin around the neck, another area that often shows early signs of aging.
Cheek augmentation can be combined with liposuction to enhance the shape of the face, balancing out the upper and lower portions. Chin augmentation is another procedure often performed in conjunction with liposuction to help you gain a more defined jawline or well-proportioned chin. Any of these procedures will add some time to the surgery, but they can provide more pronounced results.
You may be concerned about how much is chin liposuction before you schedule the procedure. The cost of this procedure will vary, depending on whether you add other procedures. The average cost of liposuction is just over $3000, but chin liposuction usually costs less because of the smaller area. This pricing doesn’t include anesthesia, cost of the facility or other expenses.
Dr. Lapuerta will provide a detailed cost estimate after your initial consultation. At that point, he will have created a treatment plan based on your goals and current condition. The estimate will factor in any additional procedures you want at the time of the liposuction surgery.
If you want to know more about liposuction around the chin or facial fat transfer, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. As a triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, he has performed countless procedures from facelifts to breast surgery. Dr. Lapuerta has more than 20 years of experience in this field and is dedicated to helping each patient achieve their personal goals. Contact us today if you are ready for your chin liposuction.