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Liposuction of the Neck (Submental Liposuction)

What is Submental Liposuction?

Submental liposuction utilizes suction techniques to remove the excess fat of the neck and along the jawline.

Who is a Candidate for Submental Liposuction?

You may want to consider submental liposuction if you have:

  • Excess fat of the neck
  • A mild to moderate amount of excess skin of the neck
  • Loss of a defined jaw and neckline

How is Submental Liposuction Performed?

Submental liposuction can be performed under general or local anesthesia. Several small incisions are made under the chin and behind the ears. Through these small incisions, suction is used to remove excess fat of the neck and jawline. No skin is removed with this procedure, and in a well-qualified patient, small amounts of redundant skin will typically contract down on its own.

Submental liposuction can be combined with additional facial rejuvenation procedures including a facelift, necklift, brow lift, and blepharoplasty. (insert links to procedures)

Risks

All surgery is associated with risks. Risks associated with submental liposuction include bleeding and hematoma (blood clot) formation. Additional risks include scarring, asymmetry, poor aesthetic outcome, and need for revisional procedures. Injury to facial nerves is a rare occurrence, but when it occurs, it can result in numbness and facial weakness that is frequently temporary, but can be permanent. It is important to talk with Dr. Rovelo about the risks of your surgery and how the risks can be minimized to provide the best possible outcome.

Recovery

Submental liposuction is performed in the outpatient surgical setting and can take from 1-2 hours, depending on whether additional procedures are performed at the same time. After the procedure, a soft head wrap will be placed. Swelling and bruising can take up to 2 weeks to resolve, although complete resolution of swelling may take up to 6 weeks to resolve. Most patients can return to public life, light activity, and work after 1 week.

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