Fat cells can start accumulating under the chin at a relatively young age, even in thin people. Colloquially, this problem is known as a double chin. The development is troubling to young adults who are trying to look youthful and attractive. If the excess fat under the chin detracts from the person’s self-confidence, HD Lipo is an option for minimally invasive fat removal.
Understanding Submental Fullness
The region under the chin is called the submental area, so liposuction performed here removes submental fat. The medical term for excess fat there is submental fullness. Fat cells there can be very stubborn in regard to reduction efforts, although some amount of submental fat will disappear if an overweight person loses a substantial amount of weight.
Streamlining Facial Appearance
The gradual changes to a person’s neck and jawline can add years to the appearance. Double chins are most commonly associated with older individuals and those that are overweight. The young adult does not want to look several years older and does not appreciate having excess fat under the chin when he or she actually is physically fit. High-definition liposuction removes that fat and streamlines the facial appearance, creating a firmer and more toned look.
High-definition liposuction, also known as liposculpture, uses technology trademarked as Vaser Hi Def. Instead of manually breaking up fat cells with a thin tube inserted into the area, the procedure uses ultrasound energy to disrupt those cells. In both processes, the surgeon suctions out a safe amount of white body fat. The recovery time is much shorter for the Vaser procedure because it is less invasive and the doctor removes a smaller amount of fat.
Recovery Time for Conventional and High-Definition Liposuction
The entire procedure typically requires less than an hour. Local anesthesia is provided but the patient stays awake. Because of the quick recovery time, patients can return to work within a day or two. Conventional liposuction for the chin usually keeps patients from going back to work for about a week because there is more swelling, redness, bruising and discomfort. These effects are vastly reduced with minimally invasive treatment.