What is Chin Liposuction?
Chin Liposuction is usually used to remove fat or saggy skin from the chin and throat area. It is used when diet and exercise are not able to cure the problem. Liposuction has been proven to be a very effective method of removing the fat from this particular part of the body. Before the development of more modern and effective liposuction techniques, the double chin was usually treated with either a face lift or a chin tuck but liposuction is now regarded as a better treatment because the recovery time needed is much shorter and there is much less scarring and fewer side-effects. Using modern tumescent liposuction techniques, the incisions needed to carry out the procedure are much less visible than they used to be. Liposuction easily removes the fat from the double-chin, and significant tightening of the skin covering the chin area usually accompanies the healing process.
Tumescent form of Chin Liposuction
The tumescent form of liposuction was first used in the mid 1980s after being pioneered by dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Klein MD., and it is now the preferred form of liposuction for patients and surgeons alike. The reason why it is so popular is that it produces very little blood loss whilst also being minimally invasive, the incision used for chin liposuction is only 2mm in diameter. The fat cells are injected with a combination of local anaesthetic and adrenaline, which makes the fat easier to remove whilst also accounting for the greatly reduced loss of blood. The blood loss is much less compared to earlier forms of liposuction. Tumescent liposuction also eliminates the need for general anaesthetic, therefore cutting down on risk. Finally, tumescent liposuction requires much less recovery time - patients can be home the same day after surgery, and can even be back at work within three to four days.
Prices of Chin Liposuction UK
Costs of chin liposuction in the UK vary according to a number of different factors. The area of the country where you are having surgery can influence cost. If you live in a city or large town prices will generally be cheaper because there is more competition for business, which inevitably drives prices down. The expertise and experience of the surgeon will also have an impact on price. If you were to have the procedure in a hospital as opposed to a private clinic it would probably be more expensive as the standards of care and safety are generally regarded as being of higher quality. Generally, the price of chin liposuction will be around £2,000 in the UK. This will usually cover extra things like pre and post-operative consultations, any drugs that you are prescribed and any other aspects of the aftercare treatment, but it is worth discussing all this with your consultant prior to surgery to ascertain exactly what the costs cover, as patients sometimes find that they are left with extra costs that they were not aware of when originally signing up to the procedure. It is also true that prices can be a lot cheaper abroad in places like Eastern Europe and India, sometimes more than 50% cheaper. However the risks of botched surgery are far greater abroad as the vetting procedures for physicians and standards of quality and care are much less stringent in some of these countries. Chin liposuction is not available on the NHS except in very rare cases as it is seen as a purely cosmetic treatment.
Possible Side Effects and Risks
As with any surgery there are possible side-effects to chin liposuction. Infection and blood loss are two possible risks but since the advent of the tumescent technique, the problem of blood loss is much less than it used to be, in fact the tumescent technique means that there is 90% less blood loss than older forms of liposuction. Infections can usually be effectively treated with antibiotics. Occasionally, people might experience increased swelling or pain around the throat and underside of the chin but this is quite rare and usually reduces after a few days. Side-effects for chin liposuction are particularly rare compared to other forms of liposuction due to the small size of the incisions and the low amount of fat removed. There is also a possibility of nerve damage but again due to the nature of the surgery this is very rare.