Fat Removal Beneath the Chin
Many men and women come to our Santa Rosa plastic surgery practice with concerns about a double chin, which can be caused by genetics, certain medications, weight gain and loss cycles, normal aging, and/or the patient’s face and jaw structure. Even if not caused by aging, a double chin can often make an individual look older than their actual age.
We perform a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedure called Submental Liposuction (submental refers to the area beneath the chin) that can simply and easily eliminate a double chin with minimal bruising and swelling. Our submental liposuction patients enjoy a rapid recovery and beautiful results.
A triple board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Gregory Chernoff is an expert in submental liposuction, having performed over 15,000 of these procedures to remove the fat beneath the chin in a gentle but precise method. He performs this procedure on an outpatient basis in Santa Rosa, CA, and surrounding areas.
Can Submental Liposuction Be Performed With Other Treatments?
Yes! While Submental Liposuction can certainly be performed as a standalone procedure, Dr. Chernoff routinely combines Submental Liposuction with other procedures such as FaceTite RF, Ellevate, Platysmaplasty, Y LIFT, Neck Lift, and Morpheus8 to achieve the best results. During your private consultation with Dr. Chernoff, he will describe what he believes to be the right treatment or combination of treatments for your specific situation.
Ellevate Suture Suspension
Some patients with a double chin also lack definition in the jaw and/or have glands that prevent a defined jawline. In this case, Dr. Chernoff might suggest Ellevate, which is a suture suspension system used beneath the chin to lift and support tissues and glands. Ellevate can easily be performed at the same time as a Submental Liposuction to provide the best results.
Y LIFT Jawline & Chin Enhancement
Dr. Chernoff is one of very few plastic surgeons that are trained and certified to perform the Y LIFT, a nonsurgical treatment to improve the structure and contours of the jaw, chin, and face through the use of large molecule dermal fillers strategically injected along the chin bone and jawbone, the result of which is an improvement in the structure and projection of the chin. Dr. Chernoff can also use this treatment to improve the contours of the face via the Y LIFT.
FaceTite Radiofrequency (RF)
Some of our Submental Liposuction patients add a nonsurgical radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening treatment called FaceTite Radiofrequency, which uses a radiofrequency probe to shrink the skin beneath the chin and jawline. Learn more about FaceTite RF.
Morpheus8 – Microneedle RF
Many patients undergoing Submental Liposuction for a double chin can benefit from skin tightening once the fat has been removed. For this purpose, Dr. Chernoff utilizes Morpheus8, which is a deep microneedle radiofrequency treatment. Morpheus8 can be performed with a Submental Liposuction procedure and/or as a treatment series after submental liposuction to improve skin elasticity by stimulating collagen production.
Platysmaplasty – Neck Muscle Tightening
For patients with a double chin and neck sagging, Dr. Chernoff can add a platysmaplasty, which is a surgical procedure that tightens the long muscle visible along the front of the neck (a sagging platysma is often identified as a “turkey neck”). This procedure is done via a tiny incision beneath the chin that is nearly invisible after healing.
Am I A Good Candidate For Submental Liposuction?
Healthy adult men and women with fat beneath the skin, who have good skin elasticity in the area and who desire that only the chin area be treated, are generally good candidates for this outpatient cosmetic surgery procedure. Those with jowling, a loss of facial volume, poor skin elasticity and/or hanging skin in the neck are better served by an Endoscopic Neck Lift, Mid-Facelift, or Deep Plane Face & Neck Lift combined with a Submental Liposuction.
How Long Does A Submental Liposuction Procedure Take?
When performed as a standalone procedure, a Submental Liposuction takes about an hour. For patients with significant amounts of fat or who have elected to add if Dr. other treatments, like Ellevate, Neck Muscle Tightening, or others, the procedure will take a bit longer.
Recovery from Submental Liposuction
Patients will see a more contoured jawline and chin silhouette after a Submental Liposuction procedure once normal swelling and bruising have subsided. At the end of the procedure, Dr. Chernoff will have placed a chin compression garment, which the patient will wear 24/7 to help with healing and final contour. After one week, you will wear the chin compression garment only at night.
It is normal to experience bruising and swelling after a Submental Liposuction surgery. Healing time is affected by your diet, activity level, amount of fat that was removed, and your ability to rest and recover. Patients who follow our postoperative plan and guide have a faster recovery and less swelling.
Why Choose Dr. Greg Chernoff For Your Submental Liposuction Procedure?
Surgeons who have specific experience in surgery of the head and neck—preferably facial plastic surgeons or surgeons experienced with neck surgery and liposuction of the neck—are the most qualified to perform Submental Liposuction.
Dr. Chernoff is a Triple Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who has been in practice for 30 years in Santa Rosa and is a member of an elite group of facial plastic surgeons that perform Submental Liposuction combined with other treatments and procedures.
When you visit with us at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa for your Submental Liposuction consultation, you will meet our Patient Coordinators, our experienced nursing staff, and Dr. Chernoff. We will listen to your goals and provide all the available options to help you decide on a treatment plan. We will take photographs of you and provide computerized imaging of your anticipated results.
Once you decide on your procedure(s), we will schedule your procedure or treatment and start our preoperative process to prepare you for surgery. Dr. Chernoff and his staff at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa are committed to providing you with exceptional results in a caring and supportive atmosphere.