How to get rid of a double chin

April 20, 2020

girl pointing to her chin

A double chin can be a source of embarrassment and frustration. While you may feel helpless to do anything about it, you don’t need to go on feeling unhappy or self-conscious. At me clinic, we offer a range of surgical and non-surgical options to treat a double or triple chin and get you looking your best.

Here’s a run-down of the various treatment options to help you decide which one might be right for you.

Non-surgical injections

Most patients prefer non-surgical cosmetic enhancement solutions where available. Not only do they offer patients a shorter and easier recovery compared to more invasive surgical procedures, they’re often more affordable too.

To treat a double chin, there are two non-invasive injectable treatment options which can be effective:

  • dermal fillers, or
  • fat dissolving injections.

Dermal fillers are a popular option—by injecting fillers into the jawline to add volume, dermal fillers can produce a lifting effect on the neck, pulling the skin taut and improving the appearance of a double chin. Dermal fillers can also be applied to other areas of the face during a single procedure to create a full-face makeover.

While treatment with dermal fillers is only temporary, you can expect the results to be noticeable for 12 months or more before gradually fading away. If you’re happy with the result, we can develop an ongoing treatment plan to maintain the results long-term.

The other non-surgical option is fat dissolving injections. Fat dissolving injections use deoxycholic acid which occurs naturally in our bodies and can destroy fat cell membranes, releasing the fat from within the cells. By injecting a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid underneath the chin, we can eliminate offending fat cells to produce a slimmer neck profile.

Treatments with deoxycholic acid can be performed in around 15-30 minutes with some patients requiring more than one treatment to achieve the desired result.

Chin and neck liposuction

Chin and neck liposuction is the gold standard method for treating a double chin.

By making some very discreet incisions under the neck and ears, the submental fat which is responsible for creating a double chin can be gently extracted through a suction device to produce a more slender chin and neck line. The results will also be permanent—as our bodies stop producing new fat cells after puberty, the body will not replace the extracted fat cells.

Chin and neck liposuction is a surgical treatment, so you should allow some time for your recovery. Following treatment, you may notice some pain under your chin and around your neck which generally subsidies within 24 hours. This is usually easily managed with pain medication. To aid your recovery, you will also need to wear a chin brace at all times for around 2 to 4 weeks, then only at night for another 2 to 4 weeks.

Neck lift

A neck lift can treat a double chin while also helping to lift and tighten loose skin to create a more defined, youthful looking chin and neck line. A neck lift is generally best suited to patients with a double chin who have more prominent sagging skin around the neck area.

If we believe you could benefit from a neck lift, we generally offer patients the option between the following treatment options:

  • Suture Neck Lift: Special sutures are attached behind the hairline and used to lift and tighten loose neck skin.
  • Platysmal Plication: Small incisions are made underneath the chin and the underlying muscle is folded and tightened (or plicated) to lift the sagging neck without removing any skin.
  • Traditional Neck Lift: Excess skin is removed from the neck by making an incision around the front and back of the ears, before the underlying neck muscles are tightened (known as Platysmaplasty).

As a surgical treatment, you should expect to experience some symptoms following the procedure. It is common to notice some bruising and swelling in the first couple of weeks. Your neck will also most likely feel tight for a few months. These symptoms will gradually subside over time and your neck area will return to feeling completely normal.

Find out which option is best for you

If you would like to explore the available options to treat your double chin, we can help. Simply book your Me Clinic consultation and we’ll conduct a personalised assessment and recommend the best treatment option for you.

 

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