Chin liposuction is growing in popularity as more and more people realize that they can get rid of genetic submental fat. Adult patients of all ages can and do benefit from chin lipo. However, in order to achieve a good result, the skin needs to tighten over the new contours of the face. For most people, this is not a problem, but it can be frustrating to wait for. Patients often ask, “How long does it take for skin to tighten after chin liposuction?”
Even in young, healthy patients with good skin quality, it can take several weeks for the skin to fully retract. For the first two to eight weeks, residual swelling will disguise the true results of submental lipo. As the swelling goes down, you should notice the skin retract as well. Generally, within three to six months, noticeable skin retraction will have occurred.
With that said, like all major plastic surgeries, the results of chin liposuction are not considered final for about nine months to one year. This is when the full effect of the skin retraction should be noticeable. Additionally, in patients who are older or have lower skin quality, skin tightening techniques such as Vaser or Renuvion can be used during chin liposuction to promote improved skin tightening.