Submental Liposuction of the Neck
Neck and chin (submental) liposuction is an ideal procedure for people with stubborn fatty deposits under the chin or in the lateral neck region that do not respond to diet and exercise.
These contour deformities can be sculpted to match the surrounding face by suctioning out unwanted fat cells. Sometimes surgical tightening of the deeper muscle layers is also needed.
Candidates for Submental Liposuction
The best candidates are healthy non-smokers who have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Lynam will evaluate your facial bony contour, your skin, fatty deposits, and muscular anatomy. He will ask about your surgical goals and explain the procedure and the routine post-operative healing process. Any questions or concerns you have will also be addressed. Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you are a healthy candidate for surgery.
Submental Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Lynam uses the Vaser ultrasonic technique of liposuction by injecting a diluted fluid of local anesthetic, saline, and epinephrine into the areas of fat you wish to remove. Using small specialized suction cannulas that are inserted through small incisions under the chin and below the earlobes, Dr. Lynam removes the fat by suctioning it away. A machine and/or syringe provides the suction needed for the procedure. You will be placed in an elastic compression neck garment to help reduce swelling and to start training your skin how and where to shrink. Submental liposuction is done on an outpatient basis,and takes 1 hour to perform; the procedure is done under sedation or general anesthesia.
During the first 24-48 hours following surgery, excess liposuction fluid and liquefying fat cells drain from small openings. Your chin and neck area may be swollen, bruised, and sore for several weeks.
Eighty percent of the swelling is gone after 2 weeks. The remaining swelling fades away within the next 2-3 months as your results continue to improve. The day following surgery, you may shower.
You should wear the compression garment 23 of the 24 hours of the day, including to bed each night for the first week. Beginning week two, you will need to wear the compression garment 12 hours a day for an additional 3 weeks of compression. Your scars are permanent but will fade over time. Most patients return to work in one week.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for neck and chin (submental) liposuction procedure is to schedule a consultation. You will learn the reasonable expectations for the goals you wish to achieve.
“I interviewed Dr Lynam out of three Surgeons he was by far the best. He went beyond the call of duty to make sure I was happy with my results.”
-Submental Liposuction of the Neck Patient