Do you feel like your jawline looks too soft? Are you concerned about submental fullness (the appearance of a double chin)? If so, you may be a good candidate for chin liposuction at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser in Aventura, FL. Today, our aesthetic experts are discussing everything you need to know about this procedure, including how long the results last and who is a good fit.
How Long Does Chin Liposuction Last?
Fat cells are unlike any other type of cell in the human body. They are unique in that they are the only type of cell that cannot be regenerated after the age of 25. Put another way, if you are at least 25 years old, the fat cells removed during chin liposuction, also known as chin lipo, are gone forever.
Note, this does not mean that your chin will remain perfectly chiseled for the rest of your life. Chin lipo only removes a portion of the fat cells in your submental region. The fat cells that remain can still expand to store more energy in the form of fat if you eat and drink too many calories. Therefore, if you want your ideal results to remain for the rest of your life, you need to do a pretty good job of maintaining your weight.
How Much Weight Can I Gain and Maintain My Ideal Results?
Several factors affect how much weight you can gain while retaining your newly chiseled chin. For the most part, your genes determine where your body stores excess energy in the form of fat. Therefore, if you are genetically predisposed to storing submental fat, you may only be able to gain five pounds of fat before you start to feel dissatisfied with your submental area.
On the other hand, if you are genetically predisposed to storing fat in your thighs, buttocks, and hips, or you gain fat pretty evenly throughout your entire body, you may be able to gain over 10 pounds of fat before you start to notice the development of a double chin.
How Can I Maintain My Weight?
If you’ve lost weight in the past only to gain it back, you’re not alone. To maintain your weight, you need to develop sustainable (lifelong) habits. Most likely, most of these habits will pertain to your diet. However, routine exercise can also help you maintain your weight. Here are some of the best things you can do to maintain your weight.
Eat More Protein
If you feel like you’re hungry all of the time, there is a good chance that you’re not eating enough protein. One of the greatest things about protein is it keeps you full for a long period of time but it only has four calories per gram. If you find that you’re hungry before mealtime, drink eight ounces of water and wait 30 minutes.
If you’re still hungry, have a high-protein snack to satiate you until it is time for lunch or dinner. Just make sure your snack is low in fast-digesting carbs and free from unhealthy fats.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water is another great way to maintain your weight for many reasons. First, many people mistake their thirst cues for hunger cues and reach for a salty snack instead of a hydrating beverage. This results in people remaining dehydrated and often results in people consuming more calories than they actually need.
Second, research has shown that drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal increases satiety, meaning you can feel fuller on fewer calories. Eating smaller meals gives you more room in your caloric budget for a glass of wine with dinner or a free bagel in your office’s breakroom. Third, dehydration slows the metabolism, making it easier to gain weight. Staying hydrated keeps your metabolism running smoothly.
Go for a Walk
Walking is another excellent weight management tool. There are other great ways to burn calories, like cycling and indoor rowing. However, walking is the most accessible form of exercise. It can be done anywhere at any time, and the only “equipment” you need is a comfy pair of moisture-wicking socks and supportive shoes.
The average person burns between 210 and 360 calories per hour walking at an easy pace. For reference, a bagel is approximately 245 calories. Therefore, if you eat at maintenance and then eat a bagel, you just need to take a leisurely, evening stroll with your partner for an hour to maintain your weight.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
To find out whether you are a good fit for this procedure, you need to come in for an initial assessment. During this initial assessment, we will evaluate numerous factors to determine whether this procedure is right for you, including your medical history, current health, aesthetic goals, and body fat distribution. With this information, we can advise you on whether you are currently a good fit. Here are some of the things we look for.
Someone With Realistic Expectations About the Results
To qualify for this procedure, it is very important that you have realistic expectations about the results. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on what results you can realistically expect based on how much subcutaneous fat you have near the surface of your skin in your submental region.
However, the bottom line is that you should understand that fat cells will remain in your submental region. Therefore, you will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life to maintain your ideal results.
Someone Who Is Fairly Healthy
Your health is another significant factor that will determine whether you qualify for this procedure. To ensure you are healthy enough to undergo this procedure, we need to know about any chronic conditions you may suffer from, what illnesses you may have had recently, and what drugs and supplements you are currently taking.
You must be able to stop taking blood thinners to prepare for your procedure. If you have a heart condition that requires you to take NSAIDs daily, you may not qualify for this procedure. Also, you may not qualify for this procedure if you have an uncontrolled medical condition, like hypertension or type 2 diabetes. Moreover, you will need to hold off on this procedure if you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant.
Someone Who Has Loose or Excess Submental Skin
There are many frustrating things about losing weight with diet and exercise. There are plateaus that last for weeks and make you feel like you will never lose weight again. There are moments where you can’t see the fat loss despite the scale going down so you fear you’ve just lost water weight you will put back on tomorrow. There is the inability to spot-reduce fat.
However, one of the most frustrating parts of losing weight through diet and exercise is the very serious risk of loose or excess skin. You don’t need to have loose or excess submental skin to qualify for this procedure. However, chin lipo is definitely the best fat removal option for you if you have skin concerns because it is the only method that can involve the removal of excess skin.
Someone Who Is Committed to a Healthy Lifestyle
Remember, you have to do a pretty good job of maintaining your weight to maintain your ideal results. If you’re not committed to eating right most of the time and exercising regularly, there is a strong possibility that you will gain fat in your chin again and need a follow-up procedure. The best candidate for chin lipo is committed to a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
Find Out Today Whether You Qualify for Chin Lipo
The fat removal results of chin liposuction are permanent. However, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain your ideal contours because the procedure does not eliminate all of the fat cells from your chin area. If you overindulge after your procedure, you can still store excess energy in the area. Great lifestyle choices to make to help you maintain your results include walking, eating plenty of protein, and staying hydrated.
Schedule your initial chin lipo consultation at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL if you are in the Miami, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles, or Bay Harbor area. Also, we could not be more excited to announce our new location at 1111 Kane Concourse Suite #111 in Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154! We look forward to meeting you soon.