Seeing double? If you have suddenly noticed (or come to terms with) that small pocket of fat under your chin, understand that no amount of stretching or creams are going to make it magically disappear. The good news is, you don’t need to start investing in turtlenecks. There are several non-surgical and surgical treatments The Derm Group can provide to help rid you of the dreaded double chin.
HOW DID I GET A DOUBLE CHIN?
Even if you are the most fit person in the world, a double chin can sneak up on you. Age, diet, and genetics are all contributors to that extra layer of fat, also known as submental fullness. Another more recent contributor is what is being called “tech neck.” You spend all day staring down at your phone weakening the muscles of your neck and chin and losing elasticity in the skin. This can contribute to a double chin over time.
Here are some of the more popular methods for dealing with your double chin:
NONSURGICAL DOUBLE CHIN TREATMENTS
If you do not want to commit to something more invasive, these might be the best options for you.
This is a laser treatment that uses a flat applicator to target and destroy fat cells.
This innovative injectable treatment uses a naturally occurring substance in the body, deoxycholic acid, to help break down fat cells, which are then excreted naturally as waste.
In this procedure, freezing temperatures destroy fat cells without surgery or injections.
In each of these procedures, you can expect minimal recovery time and little pain or discomfort. You will need two or more treatments to see the best results.
SURGICAL DOUBLE CHIN TREATMENTS
Depending on your age, skin elasticity, and specific case, your cosmetic surgeon might recommend a surgical route to remove submental fullness. It can take a couple weeks to recover from surgical double chin treatments but can take years off of your appearance.
Using a thin tube, the doctor breaks up and then suctions out fat cells from a targeted area, contouring your chin and face. Depending on your skin elasticity, a neck lift might be recommended as well.
If you have a weak or recessive chin, it might be the cause of submental fat. To address this, a chin implant can strengthen the appearance of your jawline. Depending on your situation, it might be coupled with Liposuction.
For double chins caused by loose skin from weight loss or gain, your doctor might suggest a neck lift. This surgical procedure removes excess fat and skin while tightening the underlying muscles to improve the contour of your jawline.
In addition to these popular double chin treatments, there are a number of other options. Some, like Profound RF and FaceTite, use radiofrequency while others, such as Ultherapy and Thermage, use ultrasound energy to tighten skin. There are a number of ways to accomplish your cosmetic goals. A board-certified specialist at one of The Derm Group’s offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut can outline what is best for you.