How Long Will I Take to Heal from Chin/jawline Liposuction?

I am having the area below my chin and jawline liposuctioned. I am wondering how long will it be until I look pretty normal, and how long will it take until I see my full results? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 18

Look normal 3-4 weeks after Chin/Jaw line Liposuction, final results seen at 3-6 months

Usually bruising and swelling are reduced to a point where you look "fairly normal" by 2-3 weeks after Liposuction of the Chin , Neck and Jaw Line.

Healing beneath the skin continues for at least 6 weeks.

Long term healing including skin tightening and remodel ling of the tissue beneath the skin continues for many months. I tell my patients to expect final result at about 6 months

Healing time after Chin liposuction

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Generally you're looking at about a week to maybe even two weeks of downtime depending on what you mean by downtime. For those patients who are trying to be very private about their procedure two weeks is probably safe. After that time any potential bruising and certain swelling should have resolved. You will have gone through a period of time during which you wear a supporting garment around your chin and neck. In many cases you are fine to return to work within a week and no one really knows what happened. In my office I use the SlimLipo laser assisted liposuction system that uses both traditional liposuction and a laser technology that tightens the tissues after the traditional liposuction has been performed. My patients have very little bruising if any and the swelling tends to last around a week. There are no real incisions with this so there are no sutures to remove either. You will look and feel your worst about two days after the procedure but even then it's not that bad.


Thank you for your inquiry and best of luck


Chase Lay, MD

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

How long does it take to heal from chin and jawline liposuction

 Most patient's have some degree of visible bruising and swelling for the first 10-14 days after the procedure. With a little makeup and  turtle neck collar, patients are able to get back to their social activities within  10 days. Full results usually take 2-3 months for all swelling to subside inside the neck. For many examples of necklifts in our practice, please see  the link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Typical Healing Time for Chin Submental/Upper Neck Liposuction

Chin (Submental) Liposuction: What to expect
There are many predictable portions of the healing process that ALL PATIENTS EXPERIENCE after liposuction. Temporary areas of firmness (lumps) can be seen early on but usually resolve on their own. Although both doctor and patients would like to not have this happen, it is part of the healing process. These Side effects refer to what you will be experiencing from the healing process: Here are some of the common things you will experience. The common side effects include: swelling which is maximum 2-3 days later, bruising (highly variable), numbness which takes several months to resolve,  tightness takes several days to months to resolve, discomfort (generally mild with this surgery, nausea (variable) and in some patients emotional labiality in some. Although most of the visible edema resolves in 2-3 weeks in mini-lifts and 3-4 weeks in traditional facelift approaches, residual firmness (edema you feel but don’t see) can linger for several months. Skin suppleness also takes a while to return as does scar maturation. I tell my patients it takes up to a year for final resolution of the healing process. A chin strap often hastens recovery after neck/submental chin liposuction. In my experience, the above rough time table is usually delayed in smokers, when multiple procedures are performed together and when resurfacing procedures are done at the same time as the lift. The same is true if complications occur such as infection, hematoma, skin loss or compromise, etc

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Healing time depends on you, your doctor, and the procedure.

This is the perfect example of a question you should be asking your doctor BEFORE you schedule surgery.  You need to know what you are signing up for.

Your recovery depends on how much work you need to get an improvement.

Your recovery depends on how experienced your physician is with that treatment.

Your recovery depends on the procedure performed.  (My SmartLipo patients recover much more rapidly than my tumescent liposuction patients.)

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 271 reviews

Healing period for chin/jawline liposuction

There is always some post-operative swelling and bruising. The greater the swelling and bruising, the longer it takes until your face and neck appear well or, as you say, “pretty normal.” Of course, cover-up makeup can be worn almost immediately (except around the incision line).

The degree of swelling and bruising is determined by the surgeon, the extent of the procedure, and your own bruising and healing factors. In most cases, patients should expect to look reasonably well within a couple of weeks or so. In most cases, swelling reduces and the contours tend to improve for at least for several months. I would expect “full results” in 3 to 6 months, if not sooner.

Sigmund L. Sattenspiel, MD
Freehold Facial Plastic Surgeon

Recovery from Smart Lipo on jawline

You can expect about 3 to 4 days of recovery in that area. We ask that you wear a compression garment full time for 3 days, after that just for your comfort. You see results immediately but will experience some swelling for the next few weeks. Your results will continue to get better for the next 3 months.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Recovery from liposuction of jawline

It depends upon the type of procedure that is done and the extent of the procedure. For instance if traditional liposuction of the neck and jawline is performed the usual amount of bruising and swelling will be noticeable for 7-10 days. Most of this can be hidden with a scarf. Also a compression garment will be necessary for 2-3 weeks although I find that intermittent compression works as well ( nigh time compression.).

If downtime is an issue I would look for a board certified plastic surgeon that has expertise in Smart Lipo or Slim Lipo. I personally perform Slim Lipo and have found that the degree of bruising is minimal, the downtime is about a day and the discomfort level is also minimal. In addition there is a real benefit in the amount of skin contraction that improves the results over time.

Joel B. Singer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
3.4 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Recovery is variable

As pointed out by Dr. Rand, liposuction alone for the chin and jawline is not a procedure that I would employ unless the patient was quite young. When a patient approaches the mid 40's, other techniques need to be added to ensure a good result. Recovery is variable with patients, but should be around 10 to 14 days.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Count on 1 week for healing after chin liposuction

Usually patients will experience some bruising and swelling that lasts about 1 week. This can vary a few days each way depending upon the patient. A compression garment is worn during the first week to help minimize bruising and swelling. You must also remember that although improvement will be obvious after 2 weeks the final result will not be achieved until around 3 months when skin tightening has reached the maximum.

Edgar Franklin Fincher, MD, PhD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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