Whether its hereditary, or just that one spot that refuses to lose fat, having a double chin can be dispiriting. Losing the double chin and having an enhanced jawline can do wonders for your appearance and your self-confidence. Our expert team offers both surgical and non-surgical therapies for treating a double chin.
Liposuction, or “Lipo”, is permanent fat removal from specific areas of the body, using small surgical cannulas. It can be used to slim and reshape virtually any area of the body, including the submental area (double chin).
• A Liposuction is an excellent operation for people who have trouble spots of fat that are refractory to exercise and diet. Best results are achieved in patients who are within 30% of their ideal weight
• The ideal patient is healthy, a non-smoker, and has specific goals for what they want to achieve with surgery.
• Kybella, or deoxycholic acid, is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to reduce fat under the chin. Our doctors inject Kybellathrough a series of small injections directly into the fat of your double chin, killing the fat cells. Over a period of weeks, the fat cells are cleared away by your body’s natural mechanisms. The number of treatment sessions will vary based on the amount of fat under the chin and your treatment goals.
• Liposuction can remove larger amounts of fat in a single procedure than Kybella. Though IV sedation is sometimes needed, it is performed as “day surgery” in our office-based surgical suite.
• Not sure? The best way to find out is to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams. After a thorough discussion of your goals and a physical exam, Dr. Elkins-Williams will discuss all of your options and help you choose the course of treatment best for you!
• ask about your goals and expectations
• ask about your overall health, including other medical conditions, prior surgeries, medications and drug allergies
• Examine and measure your submental area
• Take photographs
• You will have a detailed discussion with our doctors to determine your goals and realistic outcome of the surgery. Our doctors will discuss all of your options and recommend a course of treatment
• Everyone’s body is unique. Our doctors are broadly trained in a wide variety of surgical techniques that he can adapt to each individual patient to deliver the very best results. During your consultation, our doctors will help you determine the right operation and right technique for your unique circumstances.
• If you choose liposuction there are a few very small incisions. Liposuction typically requires about an hour to perform. You will have some pain and swelling immediately after surgery. Most patients will require pain medication for a few days. You will need to hold off on aerobic exercise for at least 2 weeks after surgery; our doctors will advise you when strenuous activity can be resumed.
• Swelling will gradually improve over a period of around a couple months. Though results are visible immediately, the final outcome will reveal itself over several months as theswelling resolves.
You will receive a surgical quote and any clearance forms required at your consultation. Should you decide to proceed, we will connect you with our patient care coordinator, Shannon Jones. At this time, you will select a procedure date and pay a $500.00 non-refundable booking fee to reserve this date. Once the surgery date is set, we schedule a pre-operative appointment two weeks prior to surgery.
At your pre-op, you will have ample time to discuss your upcoming procedure in great detail and have all your questions answered. We will review all pre- and post-operative care, prescribed medications, and any provisions we may give you for use pre- and post-surgery. You will review and sign the consent for surgery, and the balance will be due at the conclusion of this appointment.
Avoid blood thinning medications/supplements for two weeks prior to surgery. This includes any aspirin or aspirin-containing products as well as any anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve and Advil). Generally, you may take Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Avoid supplements such as Vitamin E, multi vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flax seed oil.) You will be given a complete list of medications/supplements to avoid at your pre-op. All these medications can contribute to bleeding problems following surgery and can increase the amount of bruising.