Considering Chin Lipo? Learn Whether It’s Worth It

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A close up of a woman's face with an exceptionally defined chin after undergoing chin Liposuction.

Sculpting a defined, contoured jawline can be life-changing. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Smith has seen chin liposuction transform patients’ appearances and self-confidence. But is it right for you? 

In this tell-all, Dr. Smith addresses important questions to help you determine if chin lipo is right for you. You’ll learn different techniques, ideal candidates, costs, and results you can expect, to potential risks and alternatives. 

Is Chin Lipo Worth It?

Yes, for most patients chin lipo is worth it. According to Dr. Smith’s experience, chin liposuction is highly effective at reducing submental fat

Multiple clinical trials have shown that 70-75% of patients have at least a 1-point improvement on a 5-point physician-assessed fat rating scale after chin lipo. 

This significant fat reduction is greater than with placebo injections and remains permanent as long as your weight stays stable.

Regarding safety, Dr. Smith notes chin liposuction performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon has minimal risks. 

However, potential side effects include bruising (very common), swelling for weeks/months, numbness or nerve damage, infection, contour irregularities, and rarely fat embolism.

In terms of patient satisfaction, studies show plastic surgery patients, including those getting chin lipo, report meaningful improvements in self-esteem and quality of life after their procedures. 

In one study, over 98% of patients said they would undergo procedures like chin liposuction again and recommend it to others. Dr. Smith finds patient satisfaction is higher when he takes the time to explain the procedure and involve them in decisions.

Overall, while chin lipo has downsides like temporary swelling and bruising, it can be worth it for significant refinement of your jawline and boosted confidence according to Dr. Smith. 

Thorough vetting of candidates plus clear communication ensure optimal results and experience. Dr. Smith aims to help you make the most informed decision during a personalized consultation.

What Are the Different Types of Chin Liposuction?

A woman undergoes a chin lipo procedure to enhance her facial appearance.

The different types of chin liposuction include traditional, laser-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, power-assisted, and tumescent liposuction. 

Each has advantages in precision, minimizing swelling/bruising, and skin tightening that Dr. Smith considers when determining the optimal approach.

  • Traditional Liposuction

Traditional liposuction uses a thin tube called a cannula to break up and suction out fat from the chin area. This method is effective but may cause more bruising and swelling versus newer techniques.

  • Laser-Assisted Liposuction

Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser energy to liquefy fat before removal. Dr. Smith finds this allows for more precise fat removal and induces skin tightening. Research shows laser lipo causes less bleeding and pain after surgery.

  • Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves to break down fat prior to suctioning. A study by Diniz et al. demonstrates ultrasound chin lipo is safe and effective for the neck and chin, providing good skin tightening.

  • Power-Assisted Liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction employs a powered cannula to remove fat. According to research, this results in smoother, more uniform fat removal compared to traditional lipo.

  • Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction injects fluid to swell and numb the area before fat removal. Studies show this technique reduces bleeding and bruising following chin lipo.

  • Combination Procedures

In some cases, Dr. Smith may combine chin liposuction with complementary procedures for optimal rejuvenation:

  • Neck lift surgery to tighten loose neck skin
  • Chin implant for added definition
  • Laser resurfacing to improve skin tone and texture

Who is a Good Candidate for Chin Liposuction?

According to Dr. Smith’s experience, ideal candidates for chin liposuction typically share certain characteristics:

  • Excess Chin Fat

You likely have excess fat under your chin resistant to diet and exercise, often resulting from genetics. If you are bothered by the appearance of a double chin due to localized fat deposits, you may be an ideal candidate.

  • Good Skin Elasticity

Additionally, you should have relatively good skin elasticity, allowing your skin to retract after fat removal. In Dr. Smith’s practice, patients with moderate skin laxity can see tightening from chin lipo. 

However, those with very loose skin may need an additional procedure like a facelift for optimal results.

  • Realistic Expectations

Importantly, Dr. Smith advises having realistic expectations about chin lipo’s abilities. While it can remove fat, it does not significantly tighten skin. For younger patients like yourself with good elasticity, chin liposuction can better define your jawline.

  • Non-Smoker

Dr. Smith recommends being a non-smoker or at least putting off smoking for the procedure, as it impairs healing after surgery.

  • Appropriate Age

Based on his experience, the ideal age range is 20-60 years old. Younger patients in their 20s-40s often have the best elasticity, while those beyond their 60s may have less skin retraction.

  • Good Health

You should be in overall good health with no conditions impairing healing such as diabetes.

  • Stable Weight

Dr. Smith suggests having a stable weight, as fluctuations after surgery can negatively impact results. 

  • Compliance

Finally, willingness to wear a chin compression garment and follow all pre- and post-operative instructions are keys to optimal safety and results.

What Should I Do Before Chin Lipo?

  1. Consultation Appointment

First and foremost, you should schedule a consultation appointment with your plastic surgeon like Dr. Smith. This allows you to discuss your goals, medical history, and any concerns about the procedure.

  1. Stop Smoking and Drinking Alcohol

Additionally, if you smoke, Dr. Smith advises stopping at least 2 weeks before chin lipo, as smoking can impair wound healing and increase complications like infection. 

Likewise, he recommends avoiding alcohol for at least 2 weeks pre-op, since it can increase bleeding and swelling.

  1. Adjust Medications

Dr. Smith may also suggest stopping certain medications or supplements 1-2 weeks before surgery that can promote bleeding, like aspirin, ibuprofen, garlic, fish oil, and vitamin E. 

However, do not stop any prescription medications without first consulting your prescribing doctor.

  1. Prepare for Surgery and Recovery

Furthermore, come to your surgery prepared and well-rested. Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure, and have help available for at least the first 1-2 days of recovery. Stock up on soft, cool foods that are easy to swallow, as well as ice packs to reduce swelling.

  1. Discuss Anxiety Relief Options

If you have anxiety about the procedure, discuss options like anti-anxiety medication or sedation with Dr. Smith ahead of time. Counseling can also help mentally prepare you for surgery and recovery.

  1. Follow All Instructions

Make sure to follow all of Dr. Smith’s specific pre-op instructions to minimize risks and support optimal chin lipo results. His recommendations will be tailored to your individual health profile and goals. 

How Much Does Liposuction Cost on the Chin?

The cost of chin liposuction can vary significantly based on several factors. Prices hover between $3,000 to $6,000 in the United States.

Location plays a big role. Prices are often higher in major metropolitan areas like New York City or Los Angeles, costing $1,000-$2,000 more than in smaller towns. The surgeon’s reputation and demand also impact cost. 

Highly experienced and reputable surgeons tend to have higher fees, ranging from $2,000 up to over $6,000.

Additionally, the extent of treatment affects price. Simple, minimally invasive chin lipo starts at around $3,000. However, treating larger areas or removing more substantial fat volumes generally increases costs to exceed $6,000.

Furthermore, combining chin liposuction with additional procedures like skin tightening or fillers raises the overall cost. Each complementary treatment adds to the total price tag.

How Long Does Chin Lipo Last?

A close up of a woman's face undergoing chin lipo.

Chin lipo results can last for 7-10 years. Since fat cells cannot be regenerated, the results of chin liposuction are considered permanent. However, remaining fat cells can still expand if weight is gained after the procedure.

To maintain results long-term, Dr. Smith recommends keeping your weight stable and avoiding major weight gain that could cause renewed fat accumulation under your chin. Additionally, leading a generally healthy lifestyle can help prolong your results from chin lipo.

Periodic touch-up procedures may be needed over time as some volume loss occurs naturally with age. But overall, chin liposuction produces lasting improvements in chin and neck contours when you take steps to maintain your results over the years.

Is Chin Liposuction Safe?

According to Dr. Smith, chin liposuction is generally considered a relatively safe procedure when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved.

Bleeding and Bruising

Excessive bleeding and bruising can occur after chin lipo, especially if incisions are too wide or deep in the neck area. However, techniques like tumescent liposuction using epinephrine help minimize blood loss. Proper post-operative care helps reduce bruising.


Infection is uncommon after chin lipo, occurring in less than 0.1% of cases in one study. Proper sterilization and antibiotics help prevent infections.


Asymmetrical or uneven results may happen from uneven fat removal. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Smith uses precise techniques to reduce this risk.

Nerve Damage

Nerve damage is a rare complication that can cause facial muscle weakness. Careful surgical skill helps avoid damaging nerves.

Blood Clots

Blood clots or deep vein thrombosis rarely occur after chin lipo. Early mobilization and preventive blood thinners in high-risk patients reduce clotting risks.

Anesthesia Risks

General anesthesia carries risks like allergic reactions that local anesthesia avoids.

Swelling and Numbness

Temporary swelling, bruising, and numbness commonly occur after chin lipo but typically resolve within weeks as the area heals.


Scarring is usually minimal but poor wound healing can cause more noticeable scars in some cases.

Skin Laxity

Removing fat without addressing skin laxity can leave loose neck skin. Combining chin lipo with a neck lift reduces this risk.

What are the pros and cons of chin liposuction?


  • Effectively reduces fat under the chin and neck for a slimmer, more defined profile. The results are proven to last. 
  • Minimally invasive procedure with small, hidden incisions under the chin. Requires only local anesthesia in most cases.
  • Short recovery time. Most patients can return to work within 1-2 weeks.
  • Provides dramatic and natural-looking results when performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Smith.
  • Can be combined with other facial procedures like neck lifts or chin implants for optimal rejuvenation.
  • Has a high satisfaction rate when proper candidates are selected.


  • Temporary side effects like swelling, bruising, and numbness can last several weeks.
  • Visible scarring is possible, especially in patients prone to scarring.
  • Does not improve skin laxity. May need additional skin tightening procedures.
  • Risks include infection, asymmetry, nerve damage, and fat embolism.
  • Revision surgery may be required if there is inadequate fat removal or contour irregularities.
  • Results may not meet expectations if the patient has unrealistic goals or poor elasticity.
  • Not a weight loss solution. Weight gain can diminish results over time.

What are the Alternatives to Chin Lipo?

There are several potential alternatives to chin liposuction depending on the severity of submental fullness. These include facial exercises, skin care and topicals, injection lipolysis, cryolipolysis, energy-based treatments, and surgery.

Facial Exercises

For mild cases, facial exercises may help tone jawline muscles and skin. Specific exercises like tilting the head back, jutting the jaw, and smiling widely target the area under the chin.

Skin Care and Topicals

Proper skin care like daily moisturizing and massage can improve elasticity and mild sagging. Using topical products with tightening ingredients like retinol may also provide gradual improvement over time.

Injection Lipolysis

For moderate submental fullness, injection lipolysis with Kybella is an option. Kybella dissolves fat cells when injected into the area under the chin, requiring 2-4 treatments typically.


Another choice is cryolipolysis or “CoolSculpting.” This freezes and destroys fat cells under the chin without surgery or needles. Studies show 20-25% fat layer reduction with 1-2 treatments.

Energy-Based Treatments

In more severe cases, ultrasound, radiofrequency, or surgical neck lift may be required. Ultrasound and radiofrequency energy can melt submental fat and tighten skin through a series of non-invasive treatments.


A neck lift removes excess skin and fat surgically but has a longer recovery.

What Are the General Opinions in Chin Lipo Reviews?

In their chin lipo reviews, our patients describe dramatic improvements in their chin and jawline contour after chin lipo with Dr. Smith.

Many report their double chin was completely eliminated and the results exceeded expectations. Most patients found the recovery easy and relatively comfortable according to reviews. 

Reviews frequently highlight Dr. Smith’s surgical skill, attention to detail, and calm demeanor during chin lipo procedures. His willingness to explain helps put patients at ease. Our staff, in turn, continue to be praised for their caring support.

Overall, a majority of our patients say they are pleased with the natural-looking results in their chin lipo reviews, and you can read their testimonials directly here: https://www.darrensmithmd.com/testimonial/

Schedule a Consult to Address Your Concerns

A woman's chin before and after a chin liposuction, showcasing the impressive results of the procedure.

While chin lipo can deliver transformative, lasting results for the right patients, it does require careful consideration. To determine if you are a good candidate and if chin lipo aligns with your cosmetic goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith. 

He will evaluate your anatomy, explain the process, assess your skin elasticity, and help you make the most informed and suitable decision.