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Submental Liposuction Sarasota


The face and facial profile are a common cause of concern among patients of all ages. While facelifts and similar procedures are more frequent among those over 50, younger people do also undergo facial surgery. The best example is likely rhinoplasty which is one of the more popular face surgeries for the younger population. However, with a defined jawline and chin becoming a new standard of beauty, more patients of all ages are seeking out a slimmer, more defined look. One of these procedures is submental liposuction. Dr. Alberico Sessa at Sarasota Surgical Arts offers the best submental liposuction Sarasota provides.


Submental liposuction, also known as chin liposuction, is a fat removal procedure. It uses liposuction to correct the appearance of excess fat under the chin. Sometimes referred to as a “double chin”, this fat can become resistant to diet and exercise. This may leave patients with a round looking face despite an otherwise slim appearance. Larger patients may also notice that their chin looks out of proportion compared to the rest of their face.

A double chin can occur in patients of all ages, sizes, and lifestyles. When a patient cannot get rid of chin fat using traditional diet and exercise, they may consider cosmetic treatments or surgery. This is where chin liposuction procedure may address their concerns.

Causes Of A Double Chin

A double chin can have many causes. For many submental liposuction patients, genetics play the biggest role in their chin fat. Genetics can make you predisposed to carry extra fat in the face or under the chin. Other causes may include:

  • Rapid weight gain
  • Frequent weight fluctuations
  • Weakening the platysma muscle (mainly via poor posture)
  • Aging
  • Recessed chin or undefined jawline
  • Certain face shapes may accentuate the look of a double chin
  • Unevenly proportioned fat after weight loss

Liposuction can address extra fat in the chin. It is especially effective for treating a double chin that occurs due to genetics or weight loss. Using liposuction to remove this fat can prevent you from gaining more fat in the chin in the future. Though, leftover fat can still expand. Therefore, this makes maintaining a stable weight following the procedure important.

A Before and After Photo of Submental Liposuction by Dr. Alberico Sessa In Sarasota

Before & After Submental Liposuction With Dr. Sessa


There are many benefits of submental liposuction surgery. The most obvious one is that it corrects the look of a double chin. It can also bring the features of your face into proportion. Other benefits include:

  • Defining the jawline
  • Improves facial profile
  • Slims the look of the face
  • Improve contour of the neck
  • May address neck or chin wrinkles
  • Relatively quick procedure
  • Sometimes performed under local anesthesia
  • Short recovery period
  • Low risk
  • Quickest way to get rid of a double chin
  • Long lasting results, often permanent
  • More effective than comparable non-surgical options

Every individual patient will have their unique motivations for undergoing chin lipo in Sarasota. Therefore, the benefits may differ for every patient. That said, chin liposuction is generally considered a procedure worth doing to get rid of a double chin.


Since aging is one of the factors that contribute to submental fat, patients may wonder whether a facelift would be better.. This question is even more difficult to answer when a patient is nearing facelift age. How can you tell whether chin liposuction or a facelift is best?

There are two main considerations to make when determining whether lipo or facelift surgery is best. First, your age. Patients under the forty rarely undergo a facelift and typically still have decent skin laxity. Furthermore, this means that patients under forty with good skin quality are likely good candidates for submental liposuction. 

The second factor is skin laxity and quality. Skin laxity refers to the ability of your skin to tighten and recede following fat removal. If you have good skin laxity, you should not be left with any extra skin after liposuction. 

Dr. Sessa will evaluate both of these factors during a consultation at Sarasota Surgical Arts. Ultimately, Dr. Sessa is the best person to determine what procedure will best address your double chin.


Consultation With Dr. Sessa

At a consultation with Dr. Alberico Sessa, he will discuss your concerns and goals with you. He will want to understand what you want to change and how. Next, he may ask about your medical history and aspects of your lifestyle to ensure you are a good surgical candidate. Finally, Dr. Sessa will examine your chin and neck area to determine if chin liposuction is the best procedure for you.

Dr. Sessa will provide you with an expert recommendation on the best procedure to address your double chin. This may include submental liposuction. You will then receive a price quote customized to your treatment plan.

Liposuction Surgery In Sarasota

On the day of your chin lipo in Sarasota, you will come to our outpatient surgical center. The Sarasota Surgical Arts team will greet you and guide you through the check-in process. You will change and preliminary tests will be performed to ensure you are fit for surgery. Dr. Sessa will also meet with you briefly to confirm the surgical plan and he may make surgical markings.

A licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia. Dr. Sessa will then begin the procedure. The thin liposuction cannula requires only a tiny incision that Dr. Sessa will hide in the natural contours under the chin. Occasionally, submental lipo may call for small incisions behind the ears.

Through this small incision, Dr. Sessa will insert the liposuction cannula. He will then proceed to gently suck out the fatty deposits. Since underneath the chin is such a small area, this procedure normally takes less than an hour to complete. This also gives Dr. Sessa the ability to combine chin lipo with other surgeries or areas of liposuction.


Immediately after you wake up, you will stay at our facility until you are fully awake and ready to go home. Your caretaker will then take you home to begin recovery. You will likely notice some swelling and possible bruising develop over the next few days. These side effects are normal and should subside over a week or two. 

Following Dr. Sessa’s post-operative instructions will promote better results and more comfortable recovery. His instructions may vary slightly depending on your medical history and surgery. Some of Dr. Sessa’s recovery instructions may include:

  • Wear your chin strap as instructed
  • Take prescribed medications
  • Attend post-operative appointments
  • Avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks
  • Take a few days to a week off work (often less)
  • Elevate your head when sleeping
  • Try not to bend or lean over

Most patients return to their full daily activities (with some exceptions to exercise) in about two weeks. Additionally, patients often return to work in less than a week. Results will continue settling in over the coming months. Dr. Sessa will monitor your results throughout the healing process.


Are There Non-Surgical Options?

There are some non-surgical cosmetic treatments for a double chin. One of the most widely available is Kybella which uses deoxycholic acid to dissolve fat under the chin. This can be effective for extremely small pockets of fat. However, Kybella normally requires multiple treatments and is not nearly as effective or long lasting as liposuction.

How Long Does Chin Lipo Last?

When a stable weight is maintained, chin liposuction results are typically permanent. If weight fluctuates significantly, this can impact results. However, once Dr. Sessa removes fat via liposuction, it cannot return. Leftover fat cells can expand, but the removed fat cannot return. In order to avoid a bad result, some fat will be left under the chin. This usually does not cause problems as long as a patient maintains their weight.

Is Submental Liposuction Safe?

Chin liposuction, and liposuction in general, is considered a safe surgery. With few risks when performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Sessa, submental liposuction is a safe procedure. Additionally, since it is a short surgery, this lowers risks associated with prolonged periods under anesthesia.

Can I Get Rid Of A Double Chin At Home?

There are some things you can do to prevent or lessen the appearance of a double chin at home. These include things like certain exercises, losing weight, makeup tricks, and chewing gum. Although, the only way to make a dramatic, long lasting difference is with chin liposuction in Sarasota.

What Is The Cost Of Chin Liposuction?

Submental liposuction with Dr. Sessa begins at $3,000 before anesthesia fees. The price can fluctuate depending on your specific needs and if you choose to combine it with other procedures. Following a consultation at Sarasota Surgical Arts, you will receive a price quote customized to your chin lipo in Sarasota.

To get an idea of the total cost of your desired procedures, try our Price Simulator™ or visit our price list. You can also find information about financing options.


Sarasota Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic surgery practice in Sarasota, Florida. With a surgery center accredited by the Florida Board of Medicine, Sarasota Surgical Arts offers cutting edge surgical and non-surgical procedures. Located a short drive from scenic Siesta Key beach, Sarasota Surgical Arts is the top destination for the best submental liposuction Florida offers.

Dr. Alberico Sessa has over a decade of experience performing cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. As a facelift specialist, Dr. Sessa deeply understands facial anatomy and the best techniques for chin liposuction. Dr. Sessa frequently performs submental lipo along with other procedures such as facelifts and chin augmentations.

To learn more about submental liposuction in Sarasota and schedule a consultation, call us at 941-923-1736. You can also reach us online via our Price Simulator™, chat, and contact form.

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