Do you have a double chin that is making you look heavier and older than you really are? If so, you’re in good company. Millions of Americans suffer from submental fullness, but diet and exercise are rarely enough to treat this condition. Since it is impossible to spot-reduce fat, our aesthetic experts at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Bay Harbor Islands, FL offer chin lipo, a highly effective fat removal procedure.
How Long After Chin Lipo Will You See Results?
Typically, you can expect to see the results of chin lipo after roughly one to three months. You won’t see your final results right away because your skin needs time to adjust to your new submental contours, but you should expect to feel slimmer once your procedure is over. The fat cells in your submental region are suctioned out of your body through a small cannula, so there will be roughly 80% fewer fat cells in your chin at the end of the operation.
How Can You See Your Final Results Faster?
To see your final results as quickly as possible, you need to make sure that your skin is as healthy and elastic as possible. There are a number of important pieces that need to be in place for your skin to be as elastic as possible. However, a brief summary is that you need to be hydrated, your skin needs to be hydrated, and you need lots of protein and micronutrients in your diet.
Hydration during your recovery period is essential. It is advisable to drink around a gallon of hydrating fluids daily during your recovery period, but specific fluid requirements vary based on sex, weight, activity level, and diet. If your diet is high in potassium, you will have a higher daily fluid requirement due to the diuretic effect of potassium. On the other hand, your body will retain more water if you consume more sodium in your diet.
To drink roughly a gallon of water daily, you may want to set alarms on your phone to remind you to drink throughout the day. For instance, you may want to set a dozen alarms and drink around 10 ounces of water or tea if you have not had enough fluids before the alarm goes off. Also, you should be aware that eating water-dense foods will also count towards your daily hydration needs.
Adequate nutrition during your recovery period is also essential for your final results to become apparent as quickly as possible. Specifically, you need to make sure you eat plenty of bioavailable protein. If you don’t have much of an appetite after your procedure, we recommend eating Greek or Icelandic yogurt because it is much higher in protein than normal yogurt, and it won’t take up too much room in your stomach.
If you don’t like the taste or texture of these protein-packed dairy products, use the high-protein yogurt as a base in the smoothie of your choice. To get the most nutrition out of your smoothies, you should consider adding spinach or kale along with the fruits that give you the flavor profile you desire. Kale and spinach are high in protein, fiber, and vitamin C, and you’ll need lots of vitamin C to produce plenty of elastin.
Your skin will be fairly hydrated if you consume enough hydrating fluids to have very pale urine. However, you should also make sure to moisturize your skin once or twice daily. How often you should moisturize your skin depends on the type of skin you have. Nevertheless, it is advisable to moisturize after taking a cold bath or shower because it helps to seal in moisture.
On the note of sealing in moisture, you should pat yourself fairly dry with a soft towel after you bathe. Moisturizers seal in moisture most effectively when your skin is still damp. Also, if you don’t want to take a cold shower, take a warm shower but turn the heat down once you are done bathing. Cold showers are ideal for elastin growth because they improve circulation in the deepest layers of your skin where collagen and elastin production happens.
How Long Will the Results of This Procedure Last?
Due to the unique nature of fat cells, the fat removal results of submental liposuction are permanent. Specifically, you will always have roughly 80% fewer fat cells in your chin because after the age of 25 your body can’t grow new fat cells. However, the fifth of the fat cells in your chin that remain are not damaged during the submental liposuction process. Therefore, they can still expand with fat if you eat too much post-op.
Depending on where you are genetically predisposed to store fat, you may start to notice your submental region getting softer after putting on five pounds. However, it is also possible that you can gain 15 pounds of fat or more after your procedure before you start to see a double chin again. To maintain your slim chin for the rest of your life, you need to do your best to maintain your weight. Here are some actionable tips.
Drink Before You Eat
One of the simplest things you can do after your procedure to help you maintain your weight is to drink eight ounces of water half an hour before each meal. Research has shown that drinking before your meal helps to fill you up without counting towards your daily calorie budget. This means that throughout the day you have more room for calorie-dense foods.
Also, research has found that eating soup before the main course reduces the total number of calories consumed on average. However, if you are going to eat soup before your meal, make sure it is broth-based rather than cream-based. Broth-based soups are much more hydrating and much lower in calories. Additionally, it is highly advisable to stay hydrated to keep you full and keep your metabolism operating efficiently post-op.
Walking at a moderate pace daily will also go a long way in helping you maintain your weight following your procedure. As a general rule, you should aim for 2.5 hours of walking at a moderate pace weekly if you are happy with your weight. If you feel like you have a little weight to lose, you should aim for twice as much moderate exercise weekly.
You don’t need to walk for 21 minutes daily for exercise. However, it is a good idea because walking boosts your metabolism temporarily. Also, evidence suggests that walking at a moderate pace curb your appetite for a little while. Therefore, you can enjoy the benefits of a smaller appetite and higher metabolism just by committing to a short daily walk.
Lifting weights is another great way to maintain the amount of fat in your body for the rest of your life. To be clear, when we say you should maintain your weight post-op, it is important that you do not gain too much fat. There is nothing wrong with gaining water weight after you eat a carb-heavy meal or putting on muscle mass. Note, there are a couple of reasons why lifting weights is an excellent weight maintenance tool.
First of all, a solid weight lifting session results in excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). In other words, in order to remove lactic acid from your body, repair your muscles, and restore your adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and creatine levels, your body uses a massive amount of oxygen and calories. Depending on the intensity of the workout, this may start an hour after your session and last for 72 hours.
Schedule Your initial Chin Lipo Consultation Today
Approximately one to three months after your chin lipo session, you should be able to see your final results. However, you need to ensure your skin is as healthy and elastic as possible if you want to see your final results as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, stay hydrated, eat nutritious meals, and moisturize your skin.
Do you think submental liposuction would help you improve your self-confidence? If so, we can help. Contact us today at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa in Bay Harbor Islands, FL to schedule your initial chin lipo consultation if you are in the Miami, Sunny Isles, Coral Gables, or Bay Harbor Islands area. We are very happy to announce our location at 1111 Kane Concourse Suite #111 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154.