A double chin can appear for many reasons. This includes sagging of the skin and the connective tissue, as well as fatty deposits underneath the jaw. Fat deposits increase the effects of the ageing process of the tissue and gravity. In order to improve the patient’s appearance in the long term and prevent premature loosening of the tissue, the plastic surgeon can perform a minor liposuction procedure. This treatment does not usually require patients to stay overnight in the clinic or miss any work.
Before the surgeon inserts the cannula into the double chin, a tumescence solution is injected into the tissue. This solution mainly consists of isotonic water mixed with a local anaesthetic, adrenalin and sodium carbonate. Since a local anaesthetic is administered, general anaesthesia is not necessary for chin liposuction. The other ingredients help loosen the fat cells from the connective tissue.
In order to reduce the trauma to the tissue, only microcannulas are used for chin liposuction. They have a maximum diameter of 2.5 mm and ensure that the surgeon can work precisely while protecting the tissue. The use of a special vibration technique, PAL= Power-Assisted Lipoplasty, in which the cannulas vibrate, makes sure that the surrounding lymphatic vessels, blood vessels and nerves are better protected.
No special wound care measures are required after chin liposuction. After the surgery, patients are required to wear a special compression mask for one week.
Liposuction loosens the connective tissue in the treated area. Therefore, it is necessary to wear a compression bandage for a few days. It exerts pressure on the tissue, and the cavities created from the surgery are closed. Patients should also be aware that in most cases redness and minor swelling can occur after liposuction. The final result cannot be seen until the swelling has fully subsided. The results of chin liposuction are permanent as the number of fat cells can no longer be changed.
Various procedures can generally be combined at our Klinik am Rhein. For example, liposuction on the abdomen, waist, thighs or arms can also be performed in addition to chin liposuction. Chin liposuction can even be combined with breast augmentation, surgical tummy tuck or a complex facelift.
Since no general anaesthesia is required for chin liposuction, no extensive pre-treatments are required. However, our surgeons look at the area to be treated in detail beforehand and draw outlines that are used to improve the results. Patients are also told about what happens during the procedure and the possible risks.
Even this small procedure without a scalpel involves risks. The main risk is infection. However, at our Klinik am Rhein, we have very high standards of cleanliness for the rooms, instruments, hands and surgical clothing so that this risk can be practically eliminated.