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How Long Will the Results of Chin Liposuction Last?

I assume that at some point, the skin will begin to loosen again or maybe fat will begin to accumulate in the same area. Am I correct in assuming this? or can I expect this procedure to correct a double chin once and for all?

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Double chin or Turkey neck

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You are correct in that a double chin is generally attributable to localized fat. Liposuction permanently removes the fat but does little to correct skin redundancy. In mild cases, liposuction creates fine tunnels of intentional and favorable fibrous (scar) tissue that makes the skin stick to the underlyng neck muscles.

However two conditions can occur:

  1. If the neck skin is too loose (commonly from age, repeated weight gain/loss, or extensive sun damage) you may be left with redundant skin
  2. If the underlying muscle (platysma) is loose, you may be left with redundant skin and muscle which the lay public terms the turkey neck. In this case you may be better treated with a neck and/or face lift.

Many diffferent techniques for improving skin contraction have been developed but few have stood the test of time or remain a reliable option in preventing skin laxity. These include: weekend alternative to the facelift (co2 laser), radiofrequency (thermage), ultrasonic liposuction, laser assisted lipolysis (smart lipo), etc.


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Chin or Neck Liposuction results will last longer if you do not gain weight

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Chin or Neck Liposuction or Laser Assisted Liposuction of the neck, which is also called the Laser or Non-surgical Neck Lift removes fat beneath the chin and also results in skin tightening.

These results should last a long time. The most common cause of failure of results of chin liposuction is that the patient gains weight. Although many fat cells are removed, those left behind can expand to 4 times their size to store new fat that the body takes on.

The most important thing you can do to preserve the results of Chin Liposuction is to eat a healthy diet, exercise and not gain weight.

Skin laxity does occur with aging, but this process is a slow and gradual one. Living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding obesity are the most important things you can do to forestall this process

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Nothing is forever

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Chin liposuction is best done in the young patient who has good skin elasticity and can get a nice result. Once you have crossed the line where the skin is looser and won't shrink as well, a neck lift or cheek and neck lift is better and much more long lasting than liposuction.

After any procedure, the aging process begins again. Where fat cells have been removed, there is less tendancy for your fat to reaccumulate but it can happen if you don't watch what you eat.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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It’s fair to say that when plastic surgeons perform neck liposuction, they set the clock back, but don’t stop it from ticking.  Normal facial aging, weight fluctuations, environmental factors and genetic tendencies can all continue to impact the aesthetics of this area.

For these reasons, the best and the longest lasting results occur when this procedure is accompanied by life style changes.  This means eating healthy, avoiding significant weight gains and exercising regularly.  When these steps are taken neck liposuction results last longer and are associated with high levels of satisfaction. 

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How long does liposuction of the chin last

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 Patient's are all born with a certain amount of fat cells. The fat cells themselves get bigger or smaller depending upon weight gain or loss. Once the fat has been removed with liposuction you will not be gaining weight in the area that was liposuctioned. As with any type of aging process over 50-60 years of age skin tone in the neck becomes an issue, and then a face lift is required In addition to the fat removal. For many examples, please see  the link below to our neck lift photo gallery

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Chin liposuction longevity

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yes of course. After a certain amount time the tightening effects of chin liposuction and especially laser assisted liposuction such as Slimlipo will begin to loosen. This is a normal aging process although your aging process will be reset to an earlier point after your procedure. In general I tell patient's they'll enjoy the tightening effect of this procedure for 3 to 5 years.  the removal of the fat however is permanent.

you can repeat this procedure at a later date if needed but once the fat is gone it's gone. However, the loosening of the skin may have to be addressed again in the future if you feel this to noticeable. At that time it may require actual surgical intervention like a face or neck lift.

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Chin liposuciton - longevity of the result

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The key to liposuction is the quality of the skin and not the amount of fat removed.  If the skin of the neck is tight it will recoil and redrape after liposuction. If the skin is lax then you will just get saggy skin.  The effects of aging do not stop  after a procedure.  You could expect the result to last 7 to 10 years depending upon your age and the quality of your skin. 

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Chin Liposuction

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The success of chin liposuction depends on your age, the amount of fat present, and how much loose skin you have. If you already have loose and sagging skin, liposuction can make your appearance worse. You may need to combine a neck lift or Ultherapy with liposuction to help tighten your skin. You may also have the appearance of a double chin based on your anatomy and a chin implant combined with liposuction may be an option. These procedures for the most part are permanent but, nothing stops the aging process. Consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to determine what treatment, double chin solutions is best for you.

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Chin Liposuction Longevity?

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Thank you for the question.

 

The results of chin  liposuction surgery may last many years.  However, the aging process will continue in patients may have problems with loose skin etc. that can be addressed through facelifting  procedures.  it will be important after surgery to maintain stable weight in order to prevent recurrence of the adipose tissue collection in the chin area.

Good skin elasticity is an important  attribute  of the patient undergoing liposuction surgery. As we age we generally  lose some skin elasticity. Very generally speaking  great care must be taken with patients over the age of 40 who are considering liposuction surgery.  After the liposuction procedure we are depending on the skin elasticity to allow the skin envelope to “shrink” to fit the reduced contour resulting from the liposuction procedure.

I hope this helps.

 

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
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Longevity of chin liposuction results

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If you gain weight the fat will distribute itself to places other than where you got the liposuction.  It's best to keep your weight stable.  With time the skin could start to sag but that is a function of normal aging.  In general, if you keep your weight stable and have healthy habits, the results should last about 10 years.

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