How Would the Skin Be Tested to Make Sure It is Elastic Enough for Chin Liposuction?
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You need an exam by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to evaluate your skin laxity first. Age is a factor, but UV damage is a bigger one. The 3 most serious complications are skin laxity, asymmetry, and a lack of results. These are the 3 most common ones we see who come to us for a second opinion.
Liposuction And Skin Elasticity?
Thank you for the question.
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.
Your plastic surgeon will be able to determine, based on physical examination whether your skin elasticity is sufficient to undergo liposuction surgery.
Age is a factor in skin elasticity
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Age a factor in chin liposuction
Yes, unfortunately age is a factor - the older you are, the less your skin is able to tighten after surgery. However, everyone has different skin qualities. Some older patients still have nice tight skin and some younger patients have stretchy elastic skin. If you have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of excess skin, chin liposuction may not be the ideal procedure for you and you may be a better candidate for a neck lift.
I would recommend seeing a plastic surgeon in consultation. He/she will be able to assess you individual anatomy and tell you what procedure will give you the best results. He/she will also be able to give you a realistic expectation of what surgery can accomplish for you.
Dr. Cat Begovic M.D.