Since the year 2000, non-traditional plastic surgery procedures have risen by 200%.
This includes basically anything that’s not your basic breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or nose job.
One of the most popular procedures? Getting rid of that pesky double chin.
Let’s face it, we all have little pockets of fat in places where we’d rather not. This is especially true for women over a certain age.
Double chin procedures are a great way to fight those small hard-to-target areas that you just can’t seem to get rid of. Interested in finding out what your options are?
Keep reading for the non-surgical and surgical double chin procedures that will transform the way you look and feel.
What Are the Causes of a Double Chin?
Before figuring out whether or not surgery is the right option for you, it’s important to take a look at what causes a double chin.
While normally associated with weight gain, this kind of fat can also sometimes just be a part of genetics.
Submental fat, which is what your surgeon will call it if you go in for a consultation, can form as you get older.
However, a double chin isn’t always the result of fat! When people lose a lot of weight, excess skin can cause it to look like they have a double chin.
Or, as your body ages and your skin begins to sag, it can add an extra layer of what looks like fat to your face and chin area.
Regardless of the cause, removing a double chin becomes necessary whenever you feel like it affects your day-to-day life.
This could take shape in the form of a lack of self-confidence or actual physical activities that you feel like you can’t perform because of your double chin.
If you’ve reached this point, then it’s definitely time to consider your options. Depending on the cause of the double chin, your options might vary.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Double Chin
When it comes to double chin treatment options, you’ve got a few of them, and not all of them are surgical.
Some people with smaller double chins find that they’re able to get rid of them with simple, effective solutions that don’t require surgery.
While it’s important to visit a professional doctor or surgeon to really assess your situation, you might try one of the solutions below.
Exercising Away Your Double Chin
Currently, there are no scientific studies that show that someone can use exercise to get rid of a double chin 100%.
However, exercising your entire body is a great way to ensure that you’re burning fat and keeping your skin tight so that it won’t sag.
If your double chin isn’t that large and you want to try and tighten the skin around your neck, there are a few exercises that you can do that might help.
First, you can try something similar to a “jaw jut.” You’ll want to tilt your head backward and look up at the ceiling.
This will stretch your neck muscles and skin out. Then, push your lower jaw out until you feel it stretch under your chin. Hold it like this for ten seconds.
Relax your jaw and repeat two to three times. Do this 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. Hold it there as tight as you can and press up and down on the ball with your chin.
Repeat this 25 times daily to help ensure that your muscles are tight and that you’re not allowing fat to accumulate.
When talking about exercise, however, it’s important to mention that it’s very difficult to “spot train” any area of your body.
Following a healthy diet and exercise routine will help you lose fat around your entire body. This is truly the only way to reduce fat around your neck, chin, or face without surgery.
Dieting Away Your Double Chin
As mentioned, one of the most effective ways to get rid of a double chin without surgery is to try and reduce fat across your entire body.
Spot training usually doesn’t work, so the most effective way to do this is to change your diet.
Try to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet and do things like:
- Eat whole grains
- Avoid processed foods
- Eat lean proteins instead of red meat
- Incorporate healthy fats into your meals (avocados, nuts, etc.)
- Avoid fried foods
- Reduce your sugar intake
- Practice portion control
- Don’t eat after 6 pm to give your body time to digest
Following the above dietary tips can help you ensure that your body is burning fat consistently all throughout the day and that it’s not adding fat to any area of your body.
Try to visit a nutritionist if you’re really dedicated to learning how to best control your caloric intake in a way that will help you safely reduce your body fat.
They will help you make sense of what your options are when it comes to nutrition. This will help you especially if you decide to pursue surgical treatment down the road.
Sticking to a healthy diet ensures that the effects of a double chin surgical procedure will last.
Surgical Treatment Options for Double Chin
If your double chin is due to genetics or loose skin, then simple exercises might help reduce it.
However, if it’s due to something else, or if your double chin has become too large to target with diet and exercise, then you’ll want to look into double chin surgery options.
The great news is, however, that surgery procedures nowadays are so non-invasive that it makes sense to go ahead and get a chin lift even if it doesn’t seem like that “big of a deal.”
What are your options when it comes to double chin surgery procedures? We recommend the following two procedures to patients who are tired of their double chins.
Both are non-invasive and provide patients with fast results and minimal recovery times.
Chin liposuction is a procedure in which a qualified expert will remove the submental fat from under your chin area.
While liposuction sounds a bit scary, this actually is a very non-invasive surgery and helps contour your jawline and neck at the same time.
Here, we use a “No Incision” SmartLipoTM PrecisionLift and advanced laser technology combination to help remove unwanted fat around your chin but also on the sides of your jaws.
The advanced laser technology is able to perfectly target the smaller areas of accumulated fat that grow over time and form double chins.
Due to the non-invasive nature, you’re able to recover quickly from this kind of procedure. It also means less pain and reduced swelling during your quick recovery time.
As for the recovery time, you’re able to be up and out of the doctor’s office in about an hour!
You’ll have to wear a compression bandage for the first few days. But, after that, you’ll notice that you’re just likely to experience a tiny bit of swelling before it heals completely.
This is a great option for people who have double chins that they can’t target with diet and exercise, or for people who want to get rid of fat specifically around their jawlines.
If your issue is with sagging skin, however, then there is another option that might better suit your needs.
Science Daily reported that in recent years there’s been more focus on face fat, which has caused people to invest more time and money into facelifts.
If loose skin around your neck is the cause of your chin rolls, then a facelift can certainly help.
This is usually a concern for older women, as the skin around your neck is one of the first things that begin to loosen with age.
If you have spent a lot of time out in the sun, then you might notice the effects of aging first around your neck and chest area as well.
To combat a prematurely older appearance, a Signature NeckLift is a very plausible and minimally invasive option.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make tiny incisions behind the ear and under the chin. This allows them to tighten the skin without leaving you with unsightly scars that only add to the effects of aging.
After the procedure, you can expect to experience slight swelling and discomfort, but nothing too harsh compared to other surgical treatments.
What About Preventative Double Chin Procedures?
Many younger women often question how they can prevent their bodies from developing a double chin as they age.
If you exercise regularly, eat healthily, and take care of your skin, then you’re on the right track.
However, there are certain procedures that you might want to invest in that can help preserve the overall elasticity of your skin, especially around your chin, neck, and jawline.
One of the most popular treatments now is micro-needling.
This skin-rejuvenating procedure helps stimulate collagen production which can help preserve the elasticity of the skin around your neck.
What happens during a micro-needling treatment? Your surgeon will puncture your skin with very fine needles in order to stimulate collagen production.
As your skin is repairing itself, it will also create small, fine channels in the skin that can deliver up to 80% more topical nutrients your underlying cells.
While many patients choose to have this treatment to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles on their face, it also works wonders for those who have loose skin around their neck.
If you’re looking to stay on top of your skincare treatments, then micro-needling is one of the most non-invasive ways to treat your skin without needing surgery.
You can have this procedure done every four to six weeks to ensure that your cells are constantly regenerating.
This will help your body produce collagen in a way that helps prevent the sagging of your skin over time.
If you invest in micro-needling treatments every few months or once a year in your 20s or 30s, then you’re sure to see the positive effects over time without ever needing to worry about an invasive surgery.
Finding the Right Surgeon for Chin Procedures
Not every plastic surgeon is the same.
When it comes to double chin procedures, you want to ensure that you’re in the hands of a surgeon who understands not only your needs but what’s going to be best for you in the long-run.
Make sure you take the time to meet with your potential plastic surgeon in order to describe what your issues are, what you’re looking for out of your treatment, and how you’d like to go about doing it all.
The right surgeon will listen to those needs and transform them into a solid surgical plan that will give you the results you’re looking for with minimal pain and recovery time.
Interested in getting started on your journey to getting rid of your chin rolls?
Get in touch with us to schedule a free consultation.
You pick the date, time, and preferred target area of your body or face. Then, we’ll get 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 form a plan to help transform you into the best version of yourself possible!