Learn your treatment options.
Learn your treatment options.
There are many options to treat a double chin, from prescription medication to non-surgical and surgical procedures.
A “double chin,” technically known as submental fat, is a common condition that can distort your profile and lower your self-esteem. A double chin often occurs when you gain weight, but losing weight is not likely to solve the problem. Genetic predisposition and aging play a role in developing a double chin. The condition may also be the result of side effects from medication or a medical condition, so if you notice a double chin it is important to find out the cause.
Fortunately, there are many options to treat a double chin, from prescription medication to non-surgical and surgical procedures. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the targeted area, and less invasive treatments such as CoolSculpting and/or laser and radiofrequency methods options can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Before recommending a treatment option, Dr. Cho at Integrated Aesthetics will review your medical history to see if your double chin is caused by a medical concern. Dr. Cho will make a treatment recommendation based on your particular condition, concerns and goals.
Genetic predisposition plays a strong role in developing a double chin. You may also form a double chin as a result of weight gain or skin laxity due to the normal aging process. The structure of your chin and neck can also affect your chances of developing a double chin.
Sometimes a double chin is a side effect of medication, or it can indicate a medical concern such as issues with your thyroid or kidneys. Elevated cortisol levels resulting in Cushing’s Syndrome can also cause a double chin. Hypothyroidism where your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone may be a cause. If you notice the sudden appearance of a double chin, it might be the result of inflammation of the salivary gland.
FDA-approved Kybella is an injectable prescription medication that can dissolve fat and define your chin and neck contour. A Kybella treatment lasts just 15-20 minutes, but you are likely to require multiple injections to see permanent results. CoolSculpting is a commonly used nonsurgical procedure that targets unwanted fat. CoolSculpting freezes fat under your chin. The fat cells die off and are eliminated naturally by the body.
Liposuction removes fat surgically from a targeted area. The procedure can have dramatic results. There are various types of liposuction, including laser-assisted liposuction that removes unwanted fat below your chin while tightening your skin to improve the contour of your chin and neck. Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) also removes fat and tightens the skin while improving skin elasticity. RFAL heats up the fats issue which makes it easier to extract.
Noninvasive radio frequency and laser energy can be used without liposuction for people who have a minimal double chin related to aging. These techniques promote collagen production for tighter skin, better texture and a more even skin tone. Ultrasound and pulsed light combined with radiofrequency can also treat a double chin.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can treat your double chin if it is caused by loose and excess skin along with weakened muscles. The procedure can be combined with liposuction and a chin implant to further define the jawline.