Your neck plays a crucial role in your overall appearance. For women, a slender neck lends a more feminine look, while a strong, sculpted neck profile is important for male attractiveness. But due to aging, weight gain, genetics, and other factors, you might have unwanted fullness under the chin (submental fat). And for some people, even diet and exercise can’t eliminate a double chin.

Men and women with submental fat often exhibit the following:

  • A heavier appearance, even when not overweight
  • Diminished jawline definition
  • Jowls and neck laxity
  • Reduced self-esteem

Submental liposuction – also known as double chin removal – is a minimally invasive procedure that eliminates stubborn fat on the neck and under the chin. This procedure is safe and effective, and it uses local anesthesia, allowing you to achieve a more sculpted neck without the risks associated with more invasive procedures or general anesthesia.

With submental liposuction in Raleigh, it’s never been easier to attain the slim facial silhouette that you’ve always wanted. Highlight your natural beauty with this transformative procedure at Diehl Plastic Surgery.

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Benefits of Submental Liposuction

Submental liposuction at Diehl Plastic Surgery offers a minimally invasive solution for those seeking double chin removal. Patients can expect the following benefits from this procedure:

  • Provides permanent double chin removal
  • Procedure is minimally invasive
  • Creates ideal definition for the neck and chin
  • Gives you an overall slimmer, younger look
  • Can put off the need for a facelift or necklift

What to Expect from Submental Liposuction

Dr. Diehl takes an artful approach to submental liposuction, and she is careful to respect your needs and cosmetic preferences. The procedure will be completely customized to the natural architecture of your face, neck, and chin.

Double chin removal through liposuction begins with a small incision near the chin crease. Dr. Diehl will insert a blunt tip cannula through this incision to infuse tumescent fluid. The tumescent fluid numbs the area, allowing the procedure to be done under local anesthesia without discomfort.

The second step is to pass the SmartLipo laser fiber through the tissue. The laser gently moves back and forth in a continuous motion, which helps to minimize bruising and it has some skin tightening benefits as well. After the laser portion is completed, a very small cannula is inserted through the same incision. Using suction, Dr. Diehl will remove excess fatty tissue and expertly sculpt the jawline to remove bulk under the chin. One small dissolvable suture will be used to close the incision. Patients are awake during the entire procedure, making it highly convenient and safe.

Meet Dr. Diehl

Dr. Diehl is driven by the desire to better the lives of her patients. Dr. Diehl is one of the few female and Spanish-speaking plastic surgeons in Raleigh. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and was previously certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Diehl is trained in cosmetic facial, breast, and body procedures, including SmartLipo MPX, an FDA approved laser liposuction technology. She also provides non-surgical cosmetic treatments including CoolSculpting®, Thermi®, miraDry®, and injectables to patients in Raleigh and the surrounding area.


Pro-Nox Sedation for your Submental Liposuction Procedure

Pro-Nox is an FDA-approved treatment that has a long history of use in medicine. Nitrous oxide, the active ingredient in this inhaled sedative, has been a standard part of health and medical care since the late 1800s. In recent decades, mothers have relied on Pro-Nox to help them remain comfortable during delivery.

Encouraged by its high rate of patient satisfaction, cosmetic surgeons have started to employ Pro-Nox sedation when carrying out minimally invasive procedures, such as submental liposuction. Pro-Nox is completely painless to administer, as it does not require the use of needles or epidurals. The patient controls his or her level of sedation by breathing in the Pro-Nox mixture through a tube. The effects of Pro-Nox take hold immediately after inhalation, so the patient never has to wait to experience relief.

FAQs About Submental Liposuction

Since submental liposuction is performed under local anesthesia, it is an outpatient procedure. After your surgery, Dr. Diehl will apply a snug compression garment. You will then wear this elasticized facial garment for approximately 4-5 days continuously, and then as much as possible for the remaining month. This garment facilitates healing and helps the tissue conform to its new contours.

Patients can usually return to normal activities (including work) within a day or two. Most people experience minimal discomfort afterward. Tylenol is most often used for pain, and it is typically only necessary for the first 1-2 days.

Double chin removal at Diehl Plastic Surgery is minimally invasive, making it a safe and effective procedure for most healthy people. Ideal candidates for submental liposuction in Raleigh have unwanted fullness under the chin, despite diet or exercise.

Submental liposuction typically does not address vertical neck bands, also known as platysmal bands. However, you may want to explore the benefits of Botox®, which can help soften the appearance of neck bands.

Patients can expect the results of their submental liposuction to last long term. Significant weight fluctuations may negatively affect results from this procedure, so a healthy lifestyle is recommended to prolong your results.

Absolutely. Most patients prefer to have their procedure performed under local anesthesia, but it can also be performed using general anesthesia in Diehl Plastic Surgery’s beautiful on-site surgical suite. This state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped, and it meets the highest rating of accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Whichever method of anesthesia you prefer, the expert team at Diehl Plastic Surgery is dedicated to your comfort and safety.

For permanent double chin removal, contact Diehl Plastic Surgery at (919) 381-5540 to schedule your consultation for submental liposuction in Raleigh.

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