Double chins are a common occurrence for most men and women. Despite every effort to exercise and eat right, eliminating fat cells under the chin may seem futile. This may lead to frustration and a lack of confidence. Accumulation of fat may not be the only cause of double chins. Other factors may include age, genetics, and skin elasticity loss.
If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your chin, our board-certified cosmetic surgeon is here to help. At the Kass Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we are proud to offer customized surgical and nonsurgical double chin treatments to contour and define your upper neck. Read on to learn more about double chin correction techniques and procedures.
Non-Surgical Options For Double Chins
Kybella is an injectable medication that breaks down unwanted fat cells under the chin. It is FDA approved. Kybella contains an active ingredient known as deoxycholic acid, a molecule naturally occurring in the body. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are released into the body, metabolized, and eliminated.
Kybella is suitable for patients with excellent skin elasticity and mild to moderate excess fat under the chin. A session involves injecting the chin with a series of small injections taking 1 to 3 vials to treat the submental fat. Patients require 3 to 6 sessions for optimal results. Treatments take about 10 to 20 minutes, and there is no downtime. Treatment takes six sessions, and results appear visible after several months.
It is not suitable for patients who have:
- Loose, baggy skin
- Bleeding or glands clotting issues
- Trouble swallowing
- Swollen lymph glands
- A thyroid disorder
Surgical Double Chin Reduction Procedures
- Submental Liposuction/ Liposculpture
Submental surgery removes unwanted fat in the submental region (area below the chin). Liposuction is an excellent solution for addressing unwanted fat deposits beneath the skin to contour the neck and sculpture the chin. Local anesthesia or numbing medication is injected into the patient to minimize pain and discomfort.
After numbing the skin, small strategically placed incisions are created under the chin near the ear lobe, where a small tube is inserted to remove fat permanently. The incisions are closed with sutures.
The sutures are removed after seven days after the procedure. Liposuction requires a brief recovery period. However, patients can resume their regular daily routine within a few days. Strenuous activities should be avoided. Submental liposuction results give a firmer, smoother, contoured neck and chin.
- Neck lift
Neck lifts are recommended for patients with double chin caused by a loss of elasticity. The procedure removes stubborn fat and sagging skin while tightening loose neck muscles, reducing a double chin’s appearance. The final results lead to a smoother, tighter, and younger-looking chin and neck.
Neck lift surgery may be combined with traditional facelift when the double chin is caused by both excess fat and loose skin resulting in a broad chin and neck restoration. Neck lift surgery is performed under local and general anesthesia and requires approximately 14 days of downtime after the procedure.
- Facelift (lower facelift)
Facelift is a misnomer because it absolutely does improve the neck and the chin as well as the lower face and jowl. A facelift is performed on individuals with aging signs skin along the jaw line. It reduces fat accumulation under the chin, sagging below the jawline, and neck region wrinkles. This leads to a rejuvenated and youthful appearance on the face and neck. It really is the best procedure for most patients as it can be individualized to minimize incisions which allows it to be done comfortably under local anesthesia.
If you are considering a double chin correction procedure, contact Kass Center For Cosmetic Surgery today for more information about the best treatment option.
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