Chin liposuction — also called submentoplasty or submental liposuction — is a relatively simple cosmetic surgery that creates a more defined neckline by removing 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 lipo recovery. For most patients, the recovery period is brief and uneventful.
You can expect some slight swelling, mild 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 lipo recovery.
What Can I Expect After Chin Liposuction?
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 lipo 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 neck, and relieve pressure from beneath your chin.
In terms of proper chin lipo 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.
What Is Chin Liposuction After 1 Week Like?
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.
What Is Chin Lipo 2 Weeks Post Op Like?
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 chinwrap. Some patients may need to wear this garment for a longer period during their chin lipo 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.
How long does Chin Lipo Recovery take?
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.
Will I Have Chin Lipo Scars?
As a rule, when compared with other procedures like tummy tucks or breast augmentation, 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 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.
Learn More About Chin Lipo Recovery
Patients who are educated in what to expect during chin lipo recovery 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.
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 consultation appointment with Dr. Ramanadham today, give us a call! We look forward to meeting with you.