Double Chin Reduction

Double Chin Reduction is a surgical procedure intended to reduce excess fat and shape the contours of the chin.

Excess fat is removed from beneath the skin through the use of a vacuum or using an ultrasonic probe that digests the fat and then subsequently removes it with suction. A liposuction procedure may include more than one site, for instance, the abdomen, back, and neck all in the one sitting. Patients with localised fat may decide to have liposuction to remove fat from that particular area. Liposuction is a procedure for shaping the body and is not recommended for weight loss.

Preparation

Before undergoing the double chin reduction consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity; including aspirin and hormone correction. In preparation of surgery it is also highly recommended that patients avoid smoking to aid the recovery process.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your surgery may have to be postponed.

After the operation

After surgery a few days should pass before returning to work, and a few weeks before resuming normal activities and strenuous exercise. Within around four weeks following surgery the chin should look healed and display the result that the patient was aspiring too. Most will be required to wear an elastic head support post operatively.

Recovering from Double Chin Reduction

  • Patients should avoid smoking for a period of two weeks following surgery
  • Antibiotics shall be prescribed by the surgeon
  • Patients should expect swelling for a period of four weeks
  • It is recommended that under normal circumstances patients wait a few days before returning to work
  • Patients should avoid smoking as well as any exposure to passive smoking prior to and after the procedure.
  • Consumption should be reserved to liquids only until twenty four hours after the operation.

For the large majority of adults who under go double chin reduction the results will be a success with no unforeseen consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risks and complications

  • The patients skin may appear bumpy due to unequal fat removal and/or, poor elasticity of skin. Although unlikely this condition could be permanent and is more common in the older patients.
  • Infection is another risk associated with this surgical procedure.
  • Patients who have under gone double chin reduction may also run the risk of permanent scarring.

By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our double chin reduction procedure, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.

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Neil R. McLean ( MD FRCS )

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