Since 2000, non-traditional plastic surgery procedures have increased by 200%.
One of the most popular procedures that has risen to the forefront is getting rid of that unsightly double chin.
Let’s face it, most of us have pockets of fat in places where we’d rather not. This is especially true for women over a certain age. In many cases, the area under the chin is a frontrunner when it comes to unwanted fat deposits.
Double chin procedures are a great way to combat those hard-to-target areas that you can’t seem to get rid of on your own. Interested in finding out more about the options available? Keep reading to learn about the non-surgical and surgical double chin procedures that can transform the way you look and feel.
What Causes a Double Chin?
Before determining if surgery is right for you, it’s important to take a look at the causes of a double chin.
While usually associated with weight gain, this particular kind of fat might also be a result of genetics.
Submental fat, which is the medical name for excess fullness under the chin, can form as you age.
However, a double chin isn’t always the result of fat. When a person loses a good deal of weight, excess skin can give the appearance of a double chin.
Or, as we age and our gravity takes its toll on our skin, it can add an extra layer of what appears to be fat to your face and chin area.
Regardless of what may be the cause, reducing the appearance of a double chin becomes necessary whenever you feel like it affects your quality of life.
This could manifest in the form of a lack in self-confidence or even actual physical activities that you feel you can’t perform because of a double chin.
If you’ve reached this point with your double chin, then it’s definitely time to consider some options. Depending on the cause of your double chin, the most effective options may vary.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for a Double Chin
When it comes to double chin treatment options, there are a few available. But not all of them are surgical.
Some people with a lesser degree of double chin find that they’re able to improve their appearance with simple, effective solutions that don’t require surgery.
While it’s important to consult a doctor or surgeon to truly assess your situation, one of the solutions below may help offer desired results.
Exercising to Reduce Your Double Chin
To date, there are no scientific studies showing that targeted exercise can be used to get 100% rid of a double chin.
However, exercising your entire body is a great way to ensure that you’re burning fat and preventing your skin from sagging.
If your double chin isn’t excessive and you want to try and tighten the skin around your neck, there are a few exercises that may help.
First, you can try something similar to a “jaw jut.” To do this, tilt your head backward and look up at the ceiling. This will help stretch your neck muscles and skin out. Then, push your lower jaw out until you feel it stretch under your chin. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
Relax your jaw and repeat this activity two to three times. Repeat a few times a day to see if it helps strengthen your neck muscles and tighten your skin.
Another somewhat helpful exercise is to place a small stress ball underneath your chin and tilt your head forward. Hold the stress ball in that position as tight as you can while pressing up and down on the ball with your chin.
Repeat 25 times daily to help ensure your muscles are strengthened and that you’re not allowing excess fat to accumulate.
When it comes to these exercises, however, it’s important to mention that it’s extremely difficult to “spot train” any area of the body.
Adhering to a healthy diet and exercise regimen will help you lose fat around your entire body, including under the chin. This is the only true way to reduce fat around your neck, chin, or face (as well as other areas of the body) without surgery.
Dieting Your Double Chin Away
As just mentioned, one of the most effective ways to get rid of a double chin without surgery is to reduce fat across your entire body.
Spot training usually doesn’t produce noteworthy results, so the most effective way to do this is to change your diet.
Try incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet and along with doing the following:
- Eat whole grains.
- Avoid processed foods.
- Eat lean proteins, like poultry and fish, instead of red meat.
- Incorporate healthy fats into your meals, such as avocados, nuts, etc.
- Avoid fried foods.
- Reduce your sugar intake.
- Practice appropriate portion control.
- Try not to eat after 6 p.m. to allow your body time to digest.
Following these dietary tips can help your body burn fat consistently throughout the day and ensure no additional fat is accumulating.
Try consulting with a nutritionist if you’re dedicated to learning how best to control your caloric intake in a way that will safely reduce your body fat.
A qualified nutritionist can help you navigate your options when it comes to proper nutrition. This will provide valuable benefit, especially if you decide to pursue surgical treatment in the future.
Sticking to a healthy diet will help promote long-lasting effects from a double chin surgical procedure.
Surgical Treatment Options for Double Chin Reduction
If your double chin is the result of genetics or loose skin, then simple exercises might help reduce its appearance.
However, if it’s due to other factors, or your double chin has become too large to target with diet and exercise, then double chin surgery options may be the best option for you.
The great news is that surgical procedures these days are so minimally invasive that getting a chin lift doesn’t seem like that “big of a deal.”
What are the options as far as double chin surgery procedures? We recommend the following two procedures to patients who are ready to say goodbye to their double chins.
Both are minimally invasive and offer patients fast results with minimal recovery time.
Chin liposuction is a procedure in which a qualified surgeon will effectively remove submental fat from under your chin.
While liposuction may sound a bit scary at first, this procedure is actually very minimally invasive and helps to contour your jawline and neck simultaneously.
We use a combination of “No Incision” SmartLipoTM PrecisionLift and advanced laser technology to help remove unwanted fat around your chin but also on the sides of your jaws.
The advanced laser technology is able to specifically target the smaller areas of accumulated fat that grow over time and form double chins.
Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, patients are able to recover quickly. That also means less pain and reduced swelling during your recovery time.
As for recovery, you’re up and out of the doctor’s office in about an hour!
Following your procedure, you’ll need to wear a compression bandage for the first few days. Aafter that, you’re likely to experience a mild amount of swelling before healing is complete.
This is a great option for people with double chins who can’t address them with diet and exercise, or for people who want to specifically get rid of fat around their jawlines.
If you’re more concerned with sagging skin than excess fat, then there is another surgical option that may better suit your needs.
Science Daily reported that there’s been more focus on face fat in recent years, which has led to people investing more time and money into facelifts.
If loose skin around your neck is the cause of your double chin, then a facelift may be a great option.
This is usually a concern for older patients, as the skin of the neck is one of the first areas to begin loosening with age.
If you have spent a lot of time in the sun, you might notice the effects of aging first around your neck and chest area as well.
To combat a prematurely aged appearance, a Signature NeckLift is a very plausible and minimally invasive option.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make tiny incisions behind your ear and under the chin. These incision allow them to effectively tighten the skin without leaving behind unsightly scars.
After the procedure, you can expect some slight swelling and discomfort, but not like what you would experience with other surgical treatments.
What About Preventative Procedures for Double Chin?
Many younger people often question how they can prevent the development of a double chin as they age.
If you exercise regularly, eat healthy, and take good care of your skin, then you’re on the right track.
However, there are certain procedures you might want to invest in to help you preserve the overall elasticity of your skin, especially around your chin, neck, and jawline.
One of the most popular treatments out there now is microneedling.
This skin-rejuvenating procedure helps stimulate collagen production, which can help preserve the elasticity of the skin on your neck.
During a microneedling treatment, your provider will puncture your skin with very fine needles in order to stimulate collagen production.
As your skin repairs itself, it will also create tiny channels in the skin that can deliver up to 80% more topical nutrients your underlying cells.
While many patients choose microneedling to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles on their face, it also works wonders for those who have loose skin around the neck.
If you’re looking to stay on top of your skincare treatments, then microneedling is one of the most non-invasive ways to give your skin a boost without surgery.
This procedure can be done every four to six weeks to ensure your cells are constantly regenerating. This will help your body’s collagen production to prevent skin sagging over time.
If you invest in microneedling treatments every few months or once per year in your 20s or 30s, then you’ll experience the positive effects over time without eventually needing an invasive surgery.
Finding the Right Surgeon for Chin Procedures
No two plastic surgeons are the same. When it comes to double chin procedures, you’ll want to do your homework and make sure you’re in the hands of a surgeon who understands not only your individual needs but what’s going to be best for you in the long-run.
Make sure you take the time to meet your potential plastic surgeon in order to thoroughly discuss your issues, what you’re expecting from your treatment, and how you’d like carry it out.
The right surgeon will listen to your needs and develop a solid surgical plan that will provide the results you’re looking for with as minimal pain and recovery time as possible.
If you’re interested in started your journey to getting rid of your chin rolls, then we invite you to reach out to us to schedule a free consultation.
You pick the date, time, and preferred target area of your body or face, then we’ll be in touch with you to confirm the appointment. You’ll speak with our very own Dr. Elizabeth regarding your concerns and she’ll help you map out a plan to help transform you into the best possible version of yourself!