Get the Sculpted Look: Everything You Need to Know About Face and Chin Liposuction

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Lose Your Double Chin, Define Your Jawline: Your Guide to a Slimmer, More Confident You

Many people struggle with small pockets of stubborn fat in the chin and lower face that are resistant to diet and exercise.

If you want to slim your profile and achieve a more sculpted, youthful look, face and chin liposuction may be good options to consider.

Face and chin liposuction are minimally invasive procedures that remove localized fat to contour the area beneath the chin and along the jawline.

What Is Face and Chin Liposuction?

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Liposuction slims specific areas by removing excess fat deposits through small, thin tubes called cannulas. The cannulas are inserted through tiny incisions in the skin, allowing the surgeon to precisely target and suction out the fat.

How Does It Work?

When performed on the face and chin, plastic surgeons use very small, specialized micro-cannulas. This helps them sculpt and define the delicate contours of the face in a detailed way.

Facial liposuction only removes a modest amount of fat compared to other areas treated with liposuction. But even small adjustments can make a big difference in facial aesthetics and profile.

The Difference From Other Facial Procedures

Face and chin liposuction differ from other options like Kybella injections, which use an injectable medication to destroy fat cells.

They also give more precise fat removal compared to radiofrequency skin tightening treatments like Ultherapy which stimulate collagen under the skin but don’t directly remove fat.

Benefits of Face and Chin Liposuction

  • Enhanced Facial Contour: Removes stubborn fat pockets, defining the jawline and creating a more sculpted look.
  • Improved Profile: Significantly improves the side profile by diminishing a double chin and creating a smoother transition between the chin and neck.
  • Boosted Self-Confidence: Helps alleviate insecurities related to excess chin fat and an undefined facial profile, significantly improving self-image.
  • Long-lasting Results: Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, meaning with proper weight management, the improvements are meant to be permanent.
  • Potential Combination with Other Procedures: Offers a versatile approach that complements skin tightening, fillers, and other facial rejuvenation treatments for comprehensive results.

Ideal Candidates For Face and Chin Liposuction

Face and chin liposuction work best for people who:

  • Are in overall good health without major medical conditions.
  • Have localized, pinchable fat deposits under the chin or along the jawline.
  • Don’t see improvements from diet, exercise, or weight loss in these stubborn fat pockets.
  • Have reasonable expectations about the extent of improvement possible.
  • Have good skin elasticity, or are open to combining the procedure with a skin tightening treatment.

People with poor skin elasticity or severely sagging skin may need additional lift procedures for optimal results from liposuction in the face and chin. Your doctor can advise you on the best approach during your consultation.

Combining Chin and Facial Liposuction

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Chin and facial liposuction are often performed together in one session. Combining the procedures allows the surgeon to comprehensively improve contour and address both the jawline and underneath the chin.

Here’s what to expect with a combined approach:

  • Small incisions will be made under the chin and discreetly along the jawline to allow for fat removal.
  • Using specialized micro-cannulas, the surgeon will methodically suction excess fat deposits in the targeted facial areas.
  • The amount of fat removed will depend on your unique goals and anatomy – this will be discussed during your consultation.
  • A skilled surgeon will seamlessly blend the areas treated with chin and face liposuction for smooth, natural looking results.

The combined approach leads to comprehensive facial contouring in one surgery, minimizing downtime and anesthesia exposure.

Complementary Procedures

Skin Tightening

After liposuction removes excess fat, skin laxity can become more apparent. Your surgeon may recommend skin tightening with:

  • Radiofrequency (RF) treatments like ThermiTightthat use energy to heat tissues and stimulate new collagen production in the skin.
  • Ultrasound treatments like Ultherapy that target deep skin layers using focused ultrasound energy.

These non-surgical skin tightening options can help maximize your results from chin and face liposuction.

Dermal Fillers

Injectable dermal fillers like Juvederm Voluma or Radiesse can provide additional contour and lift after liposuction. Injectable Fillers add strategic volume to redefine the jawline, chin, and other areas. Combining dermal fillers and liposuction allows for both fat reduction and restoring youthful contours.


Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that permanently destroys fat cells when injected into the “double chin” area. Your provider may suggest Kybella as a non-surgical alternative to chin liposuction if you have mild fat under the chin. However, Kybella doesn’t provide the precise sculpting and definition possible with liposuction.

Recovery and Results

After face and chin liposuction you can expect:

  • Swelling, bruising, and numbness that peaks around days 3-5, before gradually improving over 2 weeks.
  • To return to non-strenuous work within a few days.
  • Soreness managed by medication for the first several days.
  • Gradual results over 2-3 months as swelling resolves.
  • Some numbness that may persist for several weeks or months.
  • Minimal scarring that can be hidden in natural contours and creases.

Following your surgeon’s post-procedure instructions is crucial for proper healing. This includes wearing compression garments, keeping incisions clean, avoiding blood thinners, and attending scheduled follow-ups.

With face and chin liposuction, the final results unfold over several months. Most of the swelling and bruising will subside in 2-4 weeks, but you’ll continue to see refinements in your profile and contours over the next 3-6 months.

Residual swelling often lingers longest along the jawline. Trust the process – the best is yet to come!

Possible Risks and Side Effects

Face and chin liposuction, like any surgical procedure, carries some potential risks and side effects. These are generally mild and temporary, and include:

  • Swelling and Bruising: This is normal and typically peaks a few days after the procedure before subsiding over the following weeks.
  • Temporary Numbness: You may experience numbness in the treated areas which usually resolves within several weeks or months.
  • Minor Irregularities: While uncommon, some minor irregularities in skin contour may occur, but these often improve with time.
  • Infection: Infection is rare but possible. Following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions will help minimize this risk.

Important Note: Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial liposuction significantly reduces the likelihood of complications. Your surgeon will discuss your individual risk factors and how to ensure the safest and best possible outcome.

Considering Face and Chin Liposuction? Get Your Questions Answered

Can face and chin liposuction get rid of my double chin and give me a more defined jawline?

Yes! Face and chin liposuction are excellent options for targeting stubborn fat pockets under the chin and along the jawline. These procedures remove fat to create a slimmer, more sculpted profile.

I’m worried about loose skin after liposuction. Is skin tightening necessary with face and chin liposuction?

Whether you need skin tightening depends on your skin elasticity. People with good skin tone may see sufficient natural tightening. Your surgeon will assess this during your consultation and may suggest combining liposuction with skin tightening like Ultherapy or ThermiTight for optimal results.

Am I a good candidate for face and chin liposuction?

The ideal candidate is in good health, has localized fat under the chin or along the jawline, has realistic expectations, and has good skin elasticity. If you’re unsure, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.

What’s the difference between chin liposuction and Kybella for double chin removal?

Both chin liposuction and Kybella reduce submental fat (double chin). Liposuction offers more precise fat removal for sculpting and contouring, while Kybella is a non-surgical injectable that destroys fat cells over time. Your facial plastic surgeon can advise on the best option for your needs.

How long does recovery take after face and chin liposuction, and when will I see final results?

Expect some swelling and bruising which typically peaks a few days after the procedure. You can often return to work within a few days. While results are noticeable quickly, it takes several months for all the swelling to resolve and see your final, sculpted profile.


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Whether performed individually or together, face and chin liposuction can help remove small but bothersome fat deposits along the jaw and beneath the chin.

This slimming effect helps restore more defined facial contours and an overall rejuvenated profile. Combining procedures like skin tightening and fillers may further enhance the results.

If you’re bothered by stubborn fullness in the chin and lower face, consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon about liposuction is a great first step. With the right provider, you’ll be on your way to confidence in your sculpted new look.