Chin Liposuction Recovery

Is there a way to have minor liposuction on my chin with a fast recovery time?  I'm a busy guy, so I don't have time to hand around waiting for a cosmetic procedure to heal, so if there is a way to recover faster than average that would be best.

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Chin liposuction recovery

Chin liposuction, if you are a good candidate for it, has minimal pain involved in the recovery. I ask patients to wear a chin strap night and day for 7 days and at night after that for another week or two. There can be some bruising for 2 weeks and you should avoid exercise for 2 weeks. Many men grow a bread during the recovery to hide the bruising and when they shave it off, the public is more aware of the change from that than from thinking they had surgery. They just look younger and like they lost weight.

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Chin Liposuction Recovery

The recovery for chin ;liposuction is not an extended recovery. Many people can be back to many normal activities within a week. A chin strap does need to be worn around the clock for at least one week. But, it can be removed for an hour lingo meeting, a trip to the supermarket, etc.

Much of the recovery will depend on the precision of your surgeon so do your research. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Secrets to a Fast Recovery from Liposuction to face, chin or neck

Secrets for a fast recovery time from chin liposuction include the following recommendations in my practice: 

1. Head elevation at all times - I recommend a minimum of 30 degrees elevation and suggest they sleep in a  a recliner chair if  available
2. Stay away from supplements and medicines if you are able that cause bruising.
These include NSAID's like asprin, ibuprofen, and naprosyn, blood thinners and so on.
The list for supplements to stay away from is huge - we generally give out a list of the most common 200 supplements to avoid  (e.g. Fish Oil, alpha omega 3 fats, Vitamin E, etc)
3.  Normal or Low-Normal Blood Pressure. - If you are blessed with this great, otherwise make sure your BP is well controlled - I typically prescribe a Clonidine patch unless you have low blood pressure
4. No early lifting or bending down
5. Icing as directed by your MD during the first 3 days                                                6. Low Salt Diet

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction in this area heals very quickly and can be done under local anesthesia.

I usually perform my cosmetic procedures on a Thursday so by the Monday following you should be ready to return to your normal activities.  For the first five days you would have to wear a compression garment  and then just at night time for another week.  The bruising can be minimal if you take arnica before and after surgery.  Make sure that you are not any blood thinner two weeks prior to surgery.

Chin liposuction recovery time

If you are seriously considering cosmetic surgery you need to put yourself in the best possible position to get the best outcome. This means that you need to plan out the appropriate recovery time to ensure that you get the best results. Chin liposuction is a relatively non-invasive procedure that can be performed in the office in about an hour and you go home the same day. Everybody heals at their own unique pace but generally speaking I would give yourself at least 3-5 days off of work depending on the type of work that you do. If you have a very strenuous job you may need more time off. I like to have my patients wear a compression garment around the clock for the first three days following surgery and then about 12 hours per day for the next two weeks. Swelling and bruising usually usually takes a couple of weeks to resolve and you may feel firmness under your chin for a couple of months although it is not usually visible. Good luck!

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Quick recovery after chin liposuction.

Typically, I do this procedure under local anesthetic.  If needed, I prescribe some oral Valium taken about one hour before the surgery to take the edge off.  If we do this on a Friday, most patients are back in the office by Monday. As for the chin strap, by Monday, I will ask you just to wear it at night for another week. 

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Recovery Time After Submental Liposuction

Thanks for the question. Submental liposuction typically has a short recovery period. In our San Francisco office we perform it as an outpatient procedure. We ask patients to wear a compression garment for several weeks and there can be some bruising and swelling that may last about 2 weeks. I hope this helps.

Recovery from Chin Liposuction

Recovery from chin liposuction is quick with mild bruising and exercise restriction for 1 week.  Many men will have the procedure in the winter to use turtlenecks or scarves but many men will also grow a beard to hide the bruising.  

Other things you can do to reduce your chance of bruising and recovery include head elevation after the procedure, cool compresses, avoiding things that can make you bleed more such as herbal supplements, ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, etc., and trying recommended herbal supplements such as Arnica Montana and Bromelain.  

Most people want to get back to doing the things they want to do but you also should want a good long term result.  Good Luck. 

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