At the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we often receive patients who are concerned regarding the amount of stubborn fat they have in the chin and neck area. While many patients have enough skin laxity (looseness) in the neck to undergo treatments such as a facelift or neck lift, some patients dealing with submental fat (a double chin) simply don’t have enough excess skin to make those treatments feasible.
These patients are usually young and have a vibrant look but are struggling with what is often referred to as an "obtuse" neckline. This essentially means that the region beneath the chin and into the neck is devoid of contours and shape. Fortunately, Submentoplasty is able to address this issue by doing away with excess fat in the neck region.
What is Submentoplasty?
A submentoplasty is a surgical procedure that is designed to permanently improve the shape and contours of the neckline. The procedure works by removing fatty deposits from the neck and tightening the underlying muscles in both the chin and neck regions.
What makes a submentoplasty procedure different from a neck lift is that it is far less invasive and focuses specifically on the areas of the chin and the upper neck. Instead of removing excess skin from the area, a submentoplasty procedure focuses on removing excess fat deposits underneath the chin that do not respond to weight loss.
What are the benefits of Submentoplasty?
A submentoplasty procedure can benefit patients by providing the following results:
- A massive reduction in fat in the submental areas (under the chin and in the neckline)
- A more aesthetically pleasing neckline
- A more balanced profile in the areas of the neck and chin
- A more youthful look with defined contours
- A sculpted jaw, chin, and neck
Who is an ideal candidate for Submentoplasty?
Submentoplasty is a great option for patients who are dealing with a ‘double chin’ or any amount of excess fat in the neck region that they find to be bothersome. During the private consultation, the patient’s current status and medical history will be fully assessed to confirm their candidacy for Submentoplasty or recommend another procedure that is more suitable.
Patients who have the following conditions are considered to be ideal candidates for a Submentoplasty procedure:
- Unwanted fat beneath the chin that is unaffected by diet and exercise
- A non-contoured angle going from the chin down to the neck
- Excessively tight skin in and around the neck area
Younger patients often have good skin elasticity but still suffer from excess fat beneath the chin, even if they are at a healthy weight. Submentoplasty can be employed to quickly and effectively treat it. While submentoplasty procedures do not affect the lower portion of the face, they can have a massive impact on the face and reverse signs of aging. Our team of highly trained specialists is equipped with the knowledge and skill set to help curate a treatment plan that works for you.
What is the procedure like?
During a Submentoplasty procedure, small incisions are made underneath the chin. Then, the central neck muscles are tightened, and the vertical bands in the neck are released. This creates a better-defined angle in the neck (often referred to as the cervico-mental angle). During this time, liposuction may also be performed to further improve the contours of the neck.
A submentoplasty procedure can be carried out in as little as 45 minutes and comes with less downtime and a shorter recovery period than a neck lift. As the treatment involves shorter incisions, there will be fewer sutures and easier aftercare instructions (plus fewer scars). That said, patients are likely to experience some swelling in the treatment area for anywhere from one to two weeks following their procedure.
What is the recovery process like?
Following the procedure, the patient’s neck is fitted with a snug dressing which they must keep on for three days. Bruising and swelling may last for one to two weeks. Sutures are usually removed at the one-week mark. During the first three to four weeks of the recovery process, it is normal for patients to experience tightness and itching in the treatment areas.
Why choose Dr. Wise?
With years of experience under his belt, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise has become renowned among the international cosmetology community as a standout practitioner. His innovative and highly effective surgical methods are able to achieve incredible results that reflect true artistry. Dr. Wise prides himself on being able to achieve incredible results while also preserving his patients’ natural beauty.
When not serving patients at his practice in Wayne, New Jersey, Dr. Wise teaches at NYU School of Medicine as Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Patients who choose Dr. Wise can rest assured that they are in good hands.
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