SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION IN AUSTIN, TX
Surgeons at the Buckingham Center offer submental microliposuction solutions for patients in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. Submental microliposuction, which is commonly referred to as chin liposuction, is a procedure to remove submental fat. Chin liposuction is a substitution for procedures such as Kybella. Much like Kybella, this minimally invasive cosmetic procedure is designed to improve the look of the chin and jawline. Chin liposuction removes the excess fat that accumulates beneath the chin, an issue often referred to as a double chin. After chin liposuction, patients experience little to no downtime. The surgeon uses a small needle to remove this unwanted fat. In many cases, submental microliposuction is paired with neck rejuvenation surgery or a chin augmentation for comprehensive aesthetic results. We have surgeons at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, who specialize in performing submental microliposuction. Our goal is to help men and women look and feel their very best.
WHAT IS KYBELLA?
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, Kybella is a prescription medicine used to help adults improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin. It is an injectable treatment that is designed to eliminate the need for surgery and remove excess fat under the chin. Kybella rapidly destroys fat cells and prevents future accumulation of fat.
When it is injected, Kybella targets fat cells. Patients need to undergo 4-6 different injections, which are spaced about a month apart. Following each injection session, patients may experience inflammation. This symptom remains for about a week. Kybella injections are not performed at the Buckingham Center.
WHY DO PATIENTS CHOOSE MICROLIPOSUCTION?
Most people want to have a narrow, slim chin and wider cheeks. Unfortunately, factors such as aging, genetics, and weight gain often lead to unfavorable fat deposits and cause a face that was once youthful and slim to look older and take on a square shape.
Patients may notice that as they develop a double chin, their jawline becomes less distinctive, making jowling more apparent. A double chin often causes an individual to feel self-conscious and less confident in their appearance, making it difficult for them to meet new people, feel comfortable taking photos and enjoy social situations.
The submental microliposuction procedure can help improve patients’ self-esteem by resolving stubborn fat under the chin and creating a tighter, slimmer, more youthful chin profile. The procedure can also help patients augment a weak chin, especially when paired with a chin implant. Much like Kybella, microliposuction is beneficial for anyone who has noticed that the area underneath their chin has not responded to diet and exercise in the way the other parts of their body have.
CANDIDATES FOR SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION
The submental microliposuction procedure is appropriate for healthy adults who are hoping to get rid of the excess fat under their chin, along their jawline and/or cheeks. Ideal candidates are those who have tried to resolve the issue using diet and exercise in the past, and are at a stable weight.
It is important to understand that some patients may need a neck lift in addition to submental microliposuction to achieve the results they desire. Patients with underlying health problems are not good candidates for this procedure. Therefore, during the initial consultation, our surgeon will review the patient’s health history to ensure that the procedure will be safe as well as effective.
HOW IS SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION PERFORMED?
Patients who are undergoing another procedure in addition to submental liposuction may need to have their procedures at a nearby outpatient surgery center. Nonetheless, patients who are only having submental liposuction can have their procedure in the office with local anesthesia.
To begin, the surgeon locates the treatment area and makes a puncture at the level of the crease under the patient’s chin. The purpose of this is to hide the small entry site on the underside of the chin so that it is not visible. Once the puncture is made, fat will be gently removed using liposuction techniques.
SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION AFTERCARE
Patients will be able to return home the day of their procedure. Immediately after surgery, they will wake up wearing a head dressing that wraps around their chin and neck. The dressing is intended to reduce swelling and will be removed in our office the day after surgery. Once the doctor removes it, patients are free to shower and bathe.
Bruising and swelling will occur after the procedure. Patients may be surprised to find that their bruising occurs farther down their neck, rather than on the underside of their chin.
Patients should wait at least a week before working out, as exercising too soon after the procedure may lead to increased swelling.
The average submental microliposuction patient returns to work in a matter of days. However, patients who have submental microliposuction with other treatments may require additional recovery time.
WHY IS KYBELLA NOT AVAILABLE AT BUCKINGHAM CENTER FOR FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY
We do not offer Kybella for a number of reasons. First, patients are not guaranteed results with Kybella. This injectable is unpredictable and requires them to take a risk and commit to several treatments that are both expensive and uncomfortable.
Next, Kybella often leads to unsightly ballooning because of the way a patient’s immune system responds to the drug. When the inside of a fat cell becomes the outside, a patient’s body reacts by activating the healing process, which leads to inflammation.
Finally, Kybella may leave patients with a burning sensation as well as tightness, numbness, and swallowing challenges because of swelling. At our office, we prefer submental microliposuction over Kybella because it is a safer, faster, and more predictable way for patients to achieve their desired results with less expense, usually only one procedure and shorter recovery.
Common Submental Microliposuction Questions and Answers
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A CONSULTATION FOR SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION?
WHAT PROCEDURES MAY BE COMBINED WITH SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION?
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION?
WILL THE FAT CELLS TREATED BY SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION RETURN?
IS SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION SAFE FOR THE SKIN OF MY NECK?
IS IT TOO LATE FOR SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION?
WILL I EXPERIENCE PAIN DURING MY SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION?
WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO TELL I’VE HAD SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION?
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO AFTER SUBMENTAL MICROLIPOSUCTION?
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE THE FINAL RESULTS?
Schedule a Submental Microliposuction with Dr. Buckingham or Dr. Smith
The surgeons at Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, treat people from around the world. Our surgeons are committed to helping their patients boost their self-esteem with cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery procedures.
Prospective patients who would like to have a consultation to learn more about submental microliposuction are encouraged to contact the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, as soon as they are available by calling (512) 661-0747. To contact us via email, you can use the Patient Contact Form.
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