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Unwanted volume can accumulate underneath the chin for a number of reasons, including the natural aging process, congenital factors, and more.

What is submental liposuction?

Although submental liposuction can be performed on its own if you exclusively want to target heaviness underneath the chin, it’s more often done in conjunction with other procedures. For example, many of our patients also require a simultaneous neck lift or facelift to address wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging that liposuction alone cannot effectively target.

    The procedure is performed using tiny cannulas to carefully reduce unwanted volume without harming the surface of the skin. When done correctly, it not only addresses excess fat beneath the chin, but it also sculpts a more attractive and defined neck and jawline – improving your facial appearance as a whole.

    Also known as neck liposuction, submental liposuction is a safe, straightforward procedure that’s designed to treat fatty tissue along the:

    • Chin
    • Jowls
    • Neck
    • Jawline

    Is Submental Liposuction Right for You?

    If you suffer from heavy jowls and stubborn fatty deposits beneath the chin, submental liposuction with Dr. Birely may be able to help you restore a contoured and balanced look. To be considered an ideal candidate for this procedure, you should possess good skin tone and elasticity, so that the tissue can rebound once the underlying fat is reduced. In addition, it’s important that you are a non-smoker and in good general health, as these factors will affect your healing process and the results you’re able to achieve. During your initial consultation, Dr. Birely will review all of these details with you, as well as evaluate your bone structure, skin quality, anatomy, and unwanted fatty tissue as a whole, to help you determine if submental liposuction is in your best interest.

    What to Expect During Your Procedure

    To begin your procedure, Dr. Birely will create a tiny incision, either just beneath the chin or behind the ears. Through those openings, he will insert a thin tube, also known as a cannula, which he will move back and forth to break up and reduce your unwanted fat cells. Because the neck doesn’t possess much fat to begin with, Dr. Birely will take an extremely conservative surgical approach, removing precise amounts of volume to achieve a dramatically improved result. Throughout this process, he will also contour the area, sculpting a smooth and slender jawline that enhances your natural beauty.

    Your Recovery

    Our patients in Bel Air, MD, and around the globe can look forward to a fairly easy recovery period after submental liposuction with Dr. Birely. For the first few days, some swelling and bruising are to be expected, though it should be minimal. During this time, you’ll be instructed to rest to promote an optimal healing process and wear a specialized compression garment to encourage your skin to adapt to your new neck contours. Within several days, you should be able to return to work, though Dr. Birely will provide you with personalized guidance regarding your recovery during your post-operative appointments.

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    Dr. Birely routinely provides among the most refined plastic surgery Maryland residents could hope to find. We invite you to schedule a consultation at our office today, and discover how he can help you achieve your unique cosmetic goals.


    Dr. Brent Birely is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Lutherville and Bel Air, serving patients from Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Westminster, and other Maryland cities. He is a very well regarded leader in cosmetic surgery and patient safety, and specializes in procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, facelift, and body lifting procedures after weight loss.

    *The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary. The information provided on this site is for general informational purposes only and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or skin care treatment.

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