Double chin surgery, such as a chin tuck, neck lift or chin liposuction, may help you look younger or thinner. The procedures can shape the area, remove excess fat and smooth the skin. But the surgeries come with certain risks. Talk to your healthcare provider or consult a plastic surgeon to see if you’re a good candidate.
Surgery for a double chin is a procedure to remove loose skin and extra fat in the neck area. A plastic surgeon may use one of several types of surgeries, or a combination, depending on your goals:
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Getting older or losing weight may give the chin and neck a saggy, loose, wrinkled appearance. Some people may also inherit the look of loose skin around the chin and neck.
Cosmetic surgery on the chin and neck can:
Plastic surgeons perform more than 50,000 of these procedures in the United States per year.
Cosmetic surgery on the chin and neck ranges from about $1,200 to $12,000, depending on:
Most health insurance companies don’t cover cosmetic surgery of the neck or chin.
Before you have cosmetic surgery to remove a double chin, you’ll meet with a plastic surgeon. You and the surgeon will discuss:
The surgeon will also:
If you are a good candidate for double chin surgery and decide to move forward, the surgeon’s team will ask you to sign a consent form. By signing it, you give permission to the surgeon to perform the procedure. You also agree that you understand the risks of the procedure and have realistic expectations.
Before surgery, the plastic surgeon may ask you to:
Most neck lifts and chin tucks take place in a surgeon’s office, surgical center or hospital. It can last 45 minutes to a few hours, depending on the type of procedure(s) being done.
The surgical team will :
Most people who have cosmetic surgery on the chin and neck go home the same day. You should have someone drive you home and stay with you the first night.
You may have a thin tube near one or more incisions to drain fluid and prevent swelling.
Your surgical team will give you recovery instructions. They may ask you to:
Many people who have this cosmetic surgery report:
Neck and chin plastic surgery is generally safe, but the procedures do come with certain risks:
After a chin tuck or neck lift, you’ll have some discomfort, swelling and bruising. Your skin may feel tight. These effects get better over time and last about two weeks.
Incisions may take several months to heal fully. If you had drains near the incisions, the healthcare team will remove them a few days after the procedure.
Most people can go back to work and other daily activities within a week or two. Recovery after a chin tuck is generally faster than with a neck lift. Your surgical team will give you instructions based on your surgery and recovery.
Your surgical team will give you instructions on when to schedule follow-up appointments. But call your surgical team immediately if you have any of the following signs of infection:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
If you have a double chin, or your chin or neck is saggy, you might be considering cosmetic surgery. A plastic surgeon can shape the area, remove excess fat and smooth the skin. But chin tucks, neck lifts and chin liposuction are surgical procedures and come with certain risks. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options and whether you’re a good candidate for surgery.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/29/2021.
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