Do you hate to have your picture taken? Do you push your chin out as far as you can to make it look slimmer? Are you constantly worried that everyone will notice your dreaded double chin?
If you struggle with excess fullness under you’re jaw, you’re definitely not alone. Aging, genetics, and weight gain can all cause a double chin to develop. Stubborn fat under the chin is a very common problem, and a large portion of the population has to deal with this frustrating issue.
Misery may love company, but you’re probably not looking for reassurance that other people have double chins. You want solutions. Fortunately, there are some great options available for getting a slimmer profile. Get ready to say goodbye to your double chin!
A treatment known for being convenient and minimally-invasive, Kybella is an injectable treatment specifically designed to destroy unwanted fat under the chin. Kybella, which is derived from deoxycholic acid, is safe and FDA-approved.
After receiving a topical or local anesthetic, patients are given Kybella using a series of small injections under the chin. The process takes just 15 minutes, and patients can go back to normal activities right away, with swelling and redness of about one week. In the following weeks, the body gradually breaks down the fat cells that are destroyed during the treatment.
Most patients need between four to six treatments to get satisfactory results. These sessions are spaced around 3-4 weeks apart. Kybella is ideal for those patients who do not want to undergo neck liposuction, but it is less effective than neck liposuction.
Everyone has heard of liposuction, and liposuction of the neck is a tried and true technique. This is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves breaking up unwanted fat and suctioning it out of the body through small incisions.
Neck liposuction can be useful on its own or in combination with other procedures to resolve a double chin. Fat underneath the chin can be very stubborn, and liposuction can quickly resolve this unwanted fat. The results emerge soon after surgery, and patients typically only require minimal downtime. This procedure can be done awake in the office or with twilight anesthetic.
Although many people have a pocket of stubborn fat under the chin, excess fat isn’t the only problem that can cause a double chin. As we age, the skin gets thinner and loses elasticity and firmness. Over time, that causes the skin to sag and hang down, often in the jaw and chin area.
When the skin sags enough, the area under the chin loses definition. Then, the sagging skin creates either a double chin or a “turkey wattle” appearance in more severe cases. While more advanced sagging usually requires surgical intervention, minor sagging in a younger patient (age 30’s and early 40’s) can usually be improved with a minimally invasive option known as Thermitight.
Thermitight is a radiofrequency treatment that tightens skin by directing heat into the dermis and subdermis. This causes the existing collagen to contract and encourages the body to create new collagen over time. In the weeks and months following treatment, the new collagen will tighten the skin under the chin, improving definition and creating a slimmer profile.
Patients with both sagging skin and excess fat often opt to combine this treatment with liposuction for enhanced results.
Chin Implant Surgery
Sometimes, a “double chin” problem isn’t due to fat or sagging skin at all. Sometimes, it’s actually an issue of chin projection. People who are said to have a “weak chin” typically have a chin that doesn’t extend very far out from their jaw. This poor projection often throws off facial balance and affects the appearance of other facial features.
Chin augmentation using a chin implant is a permanent solution to poor projection. Implants are typically made out of silicone and come in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs of individual patients. Placing a chin implant requires a simple surgery, but patients will enjoy permanent results following their recovery. Many patients are unaware that their chins lack projection, and instead believe that they have a double chin or a big nose. In these cases, a chin implant can change everything.
The Right Option for You
Each patient’s needs are unique. There are many reasons we develop double chins and many solutions for fixing them. Because of this, it’s important to get an expert’s opinion about the best option for your individual needs. One of our plastic surgeons will examine you, learn more about your goals, and design a treatment plan that suits your goals and lifestyle.
Dr. Anurag Agarwal and Dr. William Ross at Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples, FL, understand that each patient requires a customized plan to resolve fullness under the chin. Their expertise and knowledge allow them to optimize results for their patients and create a beautiful, natural result. To schedule a consultation at Aesthetic Surgery Center, call (239) 594-9100 today.