September 2020 Q&A: How Can I Get Rid of a Double Chin?
Posted August 26, 2020
With facial rejuvenation at the forefront of aesthetics right now, it is no surprise that the popularity of the chin, whether adding volume or taking it away, would become an area of discussion. Submental fat, or a double chin, can be caused by your genetics, weight gain, or sagging skin commonly associated with aging.
Submental Liposuction means liposuction done under the chin. Liposuction uses a small canula to permanently remove excess fatty tissue. The canula is inserted into a small incision made in the natural crease under the chin which heals beautifully and has very minimal scarring. The procedure is done as an outpatient procedure at the surgery center. Patients are typically sent home with a chin strap that can be removed after several days and only worn at night. Swelling may occur for a few days but typically subsides quickly and pain is minimal. Patients may return to work after your first post-operative appointment which is done 4-5 days following surgery. Patients can resume their normal exercise routine after 2 weeks. This procedure is quick and gives an excellent result.
Kybella is a deoxycholic acid that is used to permanently dissolve fat. A series of injections, strategically placed under the chin, is used to destroy the fat cells that have accumulated there. The injections are done 4 weeks apart and may take 2-3 treatments to achieve the desired results. There may be a lot of swelling after the treatment that will typically last about a week. It can be difficult to achieve the desired result as the breakdown of fat cells and their location can be unpredictable.
Both procedures may be considered as they address fullness under the chin. An assessment of the skin is important and should be done during your examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon. If there is a lot of excess skin, a neck lift may need to be included with a liposuction procedure to ensure the outcome is a smooth, contoured jawline.