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What to Expect During Chin Lipo Recovery

Chin Lipo Recovery

Chin liposuction in New Jersey — also called submentoplasty or submental liposuction — is a relatively simple cosmetic surgery that creates a more defined neckline by removing excess fat from beneath the chin. It is sometimes referred to as “double chin surgery”.

Before performing chin liposuction, Dr. Smita Ramanadham explains to each patient what to expect from chin liposuction recovery. For most patients, the recovery period is brief and uneventful.

You can expect some mild swelling, slight discomfort, and bruising. Beyond that, patients generally feel well enough to ease back into their daily pattern of life relatively quickly.

Let’s take a closer look at what to expect from your chin liposuction recovery.


The initial period of your recovery will last three to four days. For most chin liposuction patients, this is the most difficult time and when you will experience the most discomfort.

At the same time, it should not be too uncomfortable. Chin liposuction is a relatively simple procedure that doesn’t come with a lot of pain or other side effects.

Directly after your procedure, you will be put into a headwrap. This will help to reduce swelling, keep the shape of your new jawline and upper neck, and relieve pressure from beneath your chin during your lipo recovery.

In terms of proper chin liposuction recovery aftercare, you are to continue wearing your headwrap for as long as directed by Dr. Ramanadham.

You should also plan to take it easy in general, especially over the first few days.

Avoid lifting anything heavy or performing any strenuous activities. Use ice as a treatment if recommended by Dr. Ramanadham.

Chin Lipo Recovery Day by Day


After one week of recovery from chin lipo, your recuperation will almost be complete. If you had any sutures, these would have been removed. Most of the swelling will be gone (though residual swelling may go on for several more months), and you should not see anymore bruising.

Patients are usually able to return to work after one week, and most of your normal activities can resume. You may need to wait a bit longer to return to your exercise routine, however.


Two weeks after your chin lipo surgery, you should be nearly completely healed. Liposuction, in general, does not take a significant toll on the body for most patients.

Therefore, the most challenging period is usually at the beginning of the first week, when you’ll have a significant amount of swelling, some bruising, and a bit of mild discomfort.

It only gets better from here.

After two weeks, you’ll notice that your skin is relaxing and tightening around the new contours of your chin, jawline, and neck. This will only improve as the swelling decreases.

Dr. Ramanadham will instruct you as to when you can stop wearing your headwrap or chin wrap. Some patients may need to wear this compression garment for a longer period during their chin liposuction recovery, especially if they don’t have ideal skin elasticity.

Some residual swelling may remain, even two weeks out from surgery. This swelling will diminish with time, and you will slowly notice your results continuing to improve.

Look to Dr. Ramanadham to find out when you can return to wearing face creams and makeup, exercising, and doing other activities in your normal routine.


One of the best things about chin lipo recovery is that your results will be noticeable almost right away. Although there will be swelling right after your surgery, you should be able to see an improved general contour of your chin and jawline immediately. You’ll see more definition and less unwanted fat.

As your recovery progresses, these results will become even more apparent. Look at any chin lipo before and after pictures, and you will immediately see what drastic and amazing results this procedure can provide.

Patients are astounded at what the surgery can do for their confidence and overall appearance.


As a rule, when compared with other procedures like tummy tucks or breast augmentation or liposuction, in general, does not leave large scars. In fact, most liposuction incisions (no matter where they are performed on the body) are extremely small to begin with — generally just big enough to insert a cannula.

As for submental liposuction, the same is true. Look at any chin lipo recovery pictures, and you’ll hardly be able to see scarring, .

If you are concerned about scars, however, there are a few things you can try to reduce the appearance of any closed incisions even further.

For starters, always follow the chin lipo aftercare instructions provided to you by Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham. Furthermore, try silicone patches, which cover the scars, and — over time — can help fade their appearance. Drinking lots of water and leading a generally healthy lifestyle can help your chin liposuction results too.

Finally, stay out of the sun. UV rays from the sun or tanning beds can create hyperpigmentation in scars, which will make them more noticeable. For optimal chin lipo results, wear sunscreen!


Patients who are educated in what to expect during chin lipo recovery day by day tend to fare better after surgery and generally feel more confident when performing the necessary chin lipo aftercare. Any questions you may have about chin liposuction recovery are welcome at our practice.

Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed this procedure for patients many times before.

She is happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure and will provide a detailed outline of what you can expect before, during, and after surgery at your consultation appointment.

Questions and Answers about Chin Lipo Recovery Process

How long do I wear compression after chin lipo?

You will be required to wear your compression garment nonstop for the first two or three days after receiving liposuction.

What not to do after double chin liposuction?

  1. Rest with your head elevated for the initial few days.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking ample amounts of clear fluids.
  3. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while on narcotic pain medication.
  4. If you’re still taking narcotic pain medication during your first postoperative appointment, arrange for someone else to drive you to the appointment.Chin liposuction recovery

How long does it take to see chin lipo results?

Typically, it takes approximately three to four weeks for a full recovery from double chin liposuction. By the end of this period, you should notice significant results, including reduced scarring.

Can chin liposuction go wrong?

Signs of issues with chin liposuction bad results include overtreatment, which can cause skin dimples and contour irregularities around the treated area. These problems may arise from uneven fat removal or poor skin elasticity.

What is the chin lipo healing process?

Initial recovery from chin liposuction can take several weeks, with significant improvement typically seen after two weeks. Most pain, discomfort, swelling, and bruising should decrease after one week, and you can gradually reduce the time spent wearing the supportive strap as your recovery continues.

Is chin liposuction a outpatient procedure?

Chin liposuction is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that helps contour and redefine the jawline, resulting in a more youthful and sculpted appearance with minimal downtime.

Learn More about Chin Lipo Recovery

At your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss everything from proper chin lipo recovery care and what to expect in terms of swelling and scarring, to what to expect from your chin liposuction cost, how you should prepare for surgery, and more.

To book your chin liposuction immediately with Dr. Ramanadham today, give us a call! We look forward to meeting with you.


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