What if I Lose Weight After Chin Lipo?

I'm considering chin lipo, I am only 33 so i do not have sagging issues, but if I lose weight later on, will the shape of my face get weird?

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Revisional Surgery May Be Necessary When Loose, Saggy Skin is a Result of Weight Loss

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It’s not unusual for patients to lose weight following neck liposuction. When weight loss is minimal to moderate, the surgical results of neck liposuction are rarely affected. When patients experience massive weight loss following neck liposuction, dramatic changes can occur in the neck region. These may include a hollowing of the central neck and the development of loose saggy skin.

It’s important to understand that no two patients are alike and for this reason, treatment needs to be individualized. In the vast majority of cases we prefer that patients are within 10-15% of their ideal body weight.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible and some patients proceed with neck liposuction before they’ve reached this goal. Under these circumstances, subsequent weight loss can cause secondary problems which may require revisional surgery.

It’s safe to say that the majority of neck liposuction patients aren’t affected by normal fluctuations in weight. When patients undergo massive weight loss, all bets are off and secondary surgery may be occasionally necessary. Under these circumstances, consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. 

Best to lose weight before, not after Chin or neck liposuction

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Generally speaking, significant or major weight loss results in laxity of the skin or sagging of the skin as the fat beneath the skin is lost.

Thus if a patient is overweight, Plastic Surgeons usually recommend weight loss to near normal weight before doing liposuction.

If you are not significantly overweight now, then 5 or 10 pounds of weight loss will not likely cause much of a change in skin tone after liposuction.

However it is best to be able to keep your weight stable after liposuction.

Newer Laser Assisted Liposuction techniques such as Slim Lipo have the added benefit of producing skin tightening as well as fat removal. These techniques are particularly good for the chin and neck area (see pics in reference below.)

This additional skin tightening during the course of chin liposuction might offer some added protection against skin laxity if you lose weight after chin or sub mental neck liposuction.

Don't worry

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Liposuction of the chin or submental area is a very gratifying procedure with sometimes dramatic results when done on the right patient. As long as the skin elasticity of the neck is good then the skin will re drape and shrink a bit after the procedure to take up the slack if you will. The goal of liposuction in the submental area is to pretty much remove all the fat and make this area flat. If you lose or gain weight later on in life there should not be a significant change in the area suctioned because the majority of the fat cells have been removed.

Good luck with your surgery.

Leslie H. Stevens, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Some changes in chin lipo results after extreme weight loss

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Extreme weight loss might affect your facial features but not a 5-10 pounds weight loss. The main areas are the cheeks and the neck if you have excess fat there.If you already had lipo of the neck no major difference should happen.

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Losing weight after chin lipo

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Thank you for your question.  You may find with small degrees of weight fluctuation (e.g 5 lbs), your chin liposuction results do not change much.  With larger degrees of weight fluctuation (e.g 20 lbs), your results will likely change.  You still have fat underneath the platysmal muscle.  If this reduces considerably with weight loss, then you may find you start to develop a hollowness under your chin.  Likewise, you may find that with large weight gain, that your fullness is returning.  As with other body parts, the stability of the result does follow weight changes.

Lost Weight after Chin Lipo

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Prior to liposuction you should be at a stable weight. 5-10 lbs lost after your procedure wont affect your face much, however extreme weight lose will affect your features or possibly give you a "saggy" appearance after surgery as the fat was already removed leaving a pocket. Before getting this procedure, get to a desired weight and maintain it for 3-6 months.


Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 127 reviews

It might....

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Lipo is best when you are at  a weight you can maintain more or less over time. It is best to get to that "stable weight" point before surgery.


Best Regards,


John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

Losing weight should not affect your neck appearance.

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Losing weight should not affect your neck appearance much at all.  Some families tend to "carry" the weight in certain areas; the neck is one of those areas. 

Make sure you see someone that offers all different treatments including liposuction, SmartLipo, and neck lifts so that you can get an honest opinion about which procedure you need.

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 298 reviews

Weight loss after chin liposuction

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If you are significantly overweight and you plan on losing a lot of weight, I recommend you hold off on liposuction to you chin or anywhere else until you have maintained your lower weight for 3 - 6 months.  I think even 10 or 15 pounds can profoundly influence the fat under the chin in some individuals.  You would not want to be in the situation of having liposuction, losing weight and then having the chin and neck area looking gaunt.


Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.

Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Weight loss after Chin liposuction

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After Chin liposuction, if you continue to lose weight you should not affect your ultimate appearance. The two most important factors for a successful result after liposuction to this area are the quality of your skin in the neck and your compliance with the postoperative care. Your best bet is to be evaluated by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a great deal of experience with chin surgery and liposuction. They will be able to determine the quality of your skin and if your skin will contract sufficiently to create a great result after the fat has been removed.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.