Fat located in the face and neck is often the last and most challenging barrier in our efforts to achieve a slimmer, fresher, and more youthful appearance. For even the most disciplined individuals, certain regions of fat cells can be resistant to diet and exercise. The natural aging process can result in certain areas of fat collection.
While excess facial fat could occur in the cheeks, by the eyelids, or other areas, it typically accumulates under the chin and in the jowls. Common causes include aging, weight fluctuations, or genetics. If you are concerned about excess facial fat, Dr. Timothy M. Greco offers cheek, neck, or chin liposuction to Philadelphia area patients who would like to accentuate their facial bone structure and provide a better contour to their neck. Put your best face (and neck) forward by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Greco today.
Chin liposuction in particular can create an aesthetically pleasing profile by slimming the area under the chin, improving the angle between the chin and the neck, and accentuating the outline of the jaw. Facial liposuction can also complement other cosmetic procedures such as face lifting, or facial augmentationsuch as chin implants through either medical-grade silicone implants, dermal fillers, or structural fat grafting using the patient's own tissue.
Dr. Greco's practice is solely focused on excellence in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face. If you are interested in learning more about facial contouring through cheek, neck, or chin liposuction in the Philadelphia area, request a consultation online, or call the Bala Cynwyd, PA, area office of Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS at (610) 664-8830.
Cheek, neck, or chin liposuction may be appropriate for anyone who has achieved a healthy weight range(and is committed to maintaining it after the procedure), but still struggles with excess facial fat. Any patient looking to refine certain facial features to create more balance and proportion would undoubtedly benefit from this procedure. In many cases, chin liposuction is also performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a chin implant or rhinoplasty to produce a more balanced, natural-looking profile.
For example, many patients with an overly projected nose often find that slimming and/or strengthening the jawline can reduce the nasal prominence. In such cases, patients have received a rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, or chin liposuction - or a combination of two or more of these procedures. Results of a rhinoplasty, along with a chin augmentation, can be further enhanced with chin liposuction.
Candidates for a face and/or neck lift may also be interested in facial liposuction. The aging process often results in not just lax, sagging tissues, including skin and muscle, but also in fat accumulation in the lower area of the face, adding to what many refer to as a "turkey wattle". Chin liposuction can significantly reduce a double chin and rejuvenate the face for a more youthful, proportionate appearance.
It is not appropriate to perform neck or chin liposuction if the excess fat in the neck and jowls is due to weight gain. However, following weight reduction and long-term maintenance of an appropriate weight, this procedure is indicated for areas of localized fat deposits.
After conscious sedation has been administered, a small, thin, hollow instrument known as a cannula is inserted through a tiny incision made in the natural skin fold underneath your chin and behind your ears (an area that can effectively conceal any resultant scars). The cannula passes just beneath your skin, gently dislodging and suctioning out the unwanted pockets of fat.
While this procedure usually takes approximately 45 minutes, it can vary from patient to patient. As long as the patient maintains a healthy weight range, repeat procedures are generally not required.
You will experience some swelling and bruising, although this will usually disappear within one to two weeks. More specifically, you can expect about 80 percent of the swelling to be gone after two weeks, and another 10 percent after two months. You may also experience some numbness under the chin, which will decrease as swelling resolves.
Recovery period from cheek, neck, or chin liposuction lasts aboutone to two weeks, after which you can gradually return to your usual activities. If Dr. Greco performs other procedures in conjunction with the liposuction, he may recommend additional recovery time.
Small, delicate sutures under the chin and behind the ear are usually removed within one week.
Cheek, neck, or chin liposuction often provides an immediately gratifying result. While common post-surgical side effects such as swelling or bruising can make the operated area look larger, these will dissipate in one to two weeks after the procedure to reveal your newly slimmed and sculpted contours.
Aside from a well-performed operation, the most important factors for successful cheek, neck, or chin liposuction are the quality of skin and a patient's commitment to long-term maintenance. A good skincare regimen is an important step in this maintenance program.
If you have good skin elasticity (the ability of the skin to re-conform to the underlying tissues), the newly sculpted contour of the face is readily apparent. Poor skin elasticity, typically brought on by the aging process, usually requires a skin tightening procedure such as face lifting or neck lifting in addition to facial liposuction.
While cheek, neck, or chin liposuction can result in noticeable fat reduction in the operated area, the remaining fat cells in the area can still grow larger if a patient gains weight. This is why continuing a healthy lifestyle with appropriate diet and exercise is essential to sustaining the results long term.
Although all surgical procedures come with some degree of risk, they are usually minimal in facial plastic surgery, especially when performed by a board-certified and experienced facial plastic surgeon. During your consultation, Dr. Greco will discuss any potential risks, as well as ways to avoid them.
Kybella® (deoxycholic acid)is an FDA-approved injection that works well for patients with chin fat and good skin elasticity. This may take several sessions to accomplish your goals - however, it is a nonsurgical option. If you would like to see if you are a candidate for Kybella® treatments to the neck, please call our office to schedule a consultation with Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS.