How Long Will the Results of Chin Liposuction Last?

At some point will the skin will begin to loosen again or will fat will begin to accumulate in the same area?

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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

Lasting Results Following Liposuction

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Liposuction of the upper neck and chin region involves removal of unwanted, excess fatty deposits. If done at the proper time, your skin will shrink wrap up to provide you with an enhanced neck and chin contour.

You are correct in assuming that your skin will eventually begin to sag down. Hopefully, this won't occur for many years and you will enjoy the results of your liposuction procedure.

You were incorrect in assuming that the fat will accumulate once again. You are born with all the fat cells you will ever have. Once removed with the liposuction procedure, they will not return. The residual fat cells have the potential to enlarge and recreate unwanted fullness. However, this usually only occurs when patients weight increases with poor diet and lack of exercise. 

Good luck with your procedure.

John M. Hilinski, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 44 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.

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

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Chase Lay, MD

double board certified facial plastic surgeon

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

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.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction lasting effect

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The effect does last some time since there is some adhesions which develop when the fat cells are removed. But the overlying skin does lose elasticity as well with time so you have to expect that the contours will change over many years. The remaining fat cells (you need to leave some in there) can expand with weight gain, but much less than prior to lipo.

Gerald Wittenberg, MSc, DMD
Vancouver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Chin Lipo Results

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There are two components to contouring of the chin with liposuction. The first is the fat removal which is permanent because the number of fat cells do not increase significantly after puberty is completed. Instead, the cells get larger or smaller depending on our weight status. If you maintain a steady weight after chin lipo, the absolute number of fat cells is permanently decreased by about two thirds or more depending on how aggressively the fat is removed. However, the remaining fat cells can still expand if you gain a lot of weight afterwards. The second part is the overlying skin where the act of liposuction will cause some retraction due to inflammation. Some surgeons believe that laser, ultrasound or radiofrequency will increase this retraction effect. In any case, the skin will continue to age and change over time but the overall combination of careful fat removal and skin re-draping will help you enjoy the improved countour for many years.

Christopher T. Chia, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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. 

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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.

James Chan, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

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