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Chin Liposuction

At our NYC practice, the appearance of a double chin is one of the most common complaints we hear from both men and women. Even though there are now nonsurgical procedures designed specifically to reduce submental fat — the fat below the chin responsible for a double chin — Dr. Thomas P. Sterry believes that chin liposuction is the best option in most cases.

If you're looking in NYC for a plastic surgeon to perform chin or neck liposuction, request a consultation using the online form to meet with board‐certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sterry. Or call our office at (212) 249-4020 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Sterry uses Smartlipo™ to create a slimmer neck and more prominent chin.

Chin Liposuction Before & After Photos

Neck Liposuction / Chin Liposuction
Before & After Photos

Individual results may vary.

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Chin Liposuction to improve the jawline in New York City
Chin Liposuction to improve the jawline in New York City
Before After

This is a 40-year-old woman who wanted to reclaim her youthful appearance. Her goal was to look more like her driver's license photograph. I did Smartlipo™ liposuction of the chin and neck at my New York practice, along with some RADIESSE® facial filler in the upper cheeks, for...

before neck liposuction
after neck liposuction
Before After

This 38-year-old woman was well known to my practice. After establishing a nice rapport and accomplishing some good results for her, she became the first person that I ever suggested a procedure to. She simply looked like a great candidate for Smartlipo™ of the neck at my NYC practice. Whil...

before male neck liposuction
after male neck liposuction
Before After

This is a male patient who felt as though he was rather fit, but was frustrated by the appearance of his "chubby" neck.  He clearly worked very hard at the gym and was quite physically impressive, so he didn't "deserve" to have the appearance that he did. I did some...

chin lipo nyc
chin lipo nyc
Before After

This is a 36 year old woman who asked me to remove her double chin and to enhance her jawline.  She was a "no brainer" from the clinical decision making perspective because it was obvious to me from the start that chin lipo would improve her profile impressively.  However, eve...

man with double chin
6 weeks after double chin removal
Before After

This is a very fit 32 year old man who spends his weekends competing is "Extreme" races.  While he is very lean all over, his double chin never really went away.  He tells me that no matter what his weight, he has always been self conscious about his profile. I thought it was...

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Good Chin Liposuction Candidates

How do you know if chin liposuction is right for you? The development of a double chin is often not associated with weight gain. For many patients, it's an inherited trait that can only be improved with a cosmetic procedure. Fat also tends to accumulate in the area below the chin as we age. Patients whose neck skin retains most of its elasticity can benefit from liposuction because the skin will shrink to fit the new contours. For men and women concerned about sagging necks, jowls, and fat, Dr. Sterry may recommend combining a facelift or neck lift with liposuction to produce a more youthful appearance. For individuals concerned about "chubby cheeks" or a "baby face", Buccal Fat Removal may be recommended.

Chin Liposuction vs. KYBELLA®

Men and women often schedule a consultation with Dr. Sterry to discuss the possibility of getting KYBELLA injections to improve the appearance of a double chin. After comparing liposuction with KYBELLA, they generally choose to get lipo.

KYBELLA is approved by the FDA to reduce fat under the chin with a series of treatments involving multiple injections. The active ingredient targets fat cells, which gradually die. It can be an effective treatment for the right patients, but KYBELLA can't match the more dramatic results produced by neck or chin liposuction. Even though KYBELLA is thought of as a "no‐downtime" treatment, some patients experience significant swelling after the procedure that can last for several days.

Discussing your options with Dr. Sterry is the best way to decide which treatment suits your preferences. Dr. Sterry examines each patient carefully and honestly recommends the procedure he believes will meet the individual's aesthetic goals. The final decision, of course, is up to the patient.

Read Dr. Sterry's blog post on KYBELLA vs. chin liposuction to learn more.

Your Procedure

Chin liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that typically takes about 45 minutes and requires only a local anesthetic. Dr. Sterry usually performs neck and chin liposuction using Smartlipo laser liposuction, a technique that is ideally suited for smaller areas. He inserts the tiny cannula through a small incision, and the Smartlipo laser melts the fatty tissue before it's suctioned from the neck. The heat from the laser also helps tighten the skin by stimulating the production of collagen in the treatment area.

Dr. Sterry has his chin liposuction patients wear a special compression garment on the neck to provide consistent pressure and help produce the desired results. The garment should be worn for about 4 days. About 5 days after the procedure, Dr. Sterry removes the stitch used to close the wound where he inserted the cannula and checks on the progress of your recovery.

Chin Liposuction Before & After Photos

Real Patient Before Chin Liposuction Female Side ViewReal Patient After Chin Liposuction Female Side View


One of the benefits of Smartlipo is that it typically causes less bruising and swelling than other forms of liposuction. That helps you see the results sooner, and many patients often notice a difference within a few days. As the residual swelling goes away over the next 4 to 6 weeks, the results become even clearer. The men and women who get chin liposuction have more well‐defined jawlines and prominent chins, creating an attractive, angular profile.

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.


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