How to Get Rid of Double Chin
The Embarrassing Double Chin
Do you suffer from a double chin? Does it cause you embarrassment? Have you tried to remedy the issue with diet and exercise? Well, you’re not alone and there is help.
How do I love thee? Let me count your chins.
Having a double chin can be an embarrassing physical condition for many Americans. Also called submental fullness, this excess of fat cells on the neck and chin can be difficult to remedy by exercise alone. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, double chins affect almost 68% of all Americans. Neck fullness is most often caused by a thick layer of body fat directly beneath the skin on the chin (called subcutaneous fat.) This combined with loose skin may create a fold in the skin, giving the appearance that the individual has a second chin.
What causes a double chin?
There a several factors that can contribute (alone or conjugation with one another) to the development of a double chin. They include:
Diet and weight can play in role in some cases. Weight gain might not always be the cause of your double chin, but it can contribute to its development. Diets that are high in calories and include processed foods and unhealthful fats may weight gain and trigger a double chin as well. Increased fat levels do to weight gain can precipitate the formation of a double chin. However, many individuals near their ideal body mass index can still present with submental fullness. The fat associated with double chins can be highly resistant to weight loss so exercising and dieting may help but will likely not resolve the condition alone.
Posture has been shown to influence the development of a double chin. Poor posture is known to weaken the muscles in the neck and chin, contributing to a double chin over time.
Age can play a factor. As the body ages, our skin will lose some of its natural elastic properties. This can lead to extra or saggy skin, contributing to the appearance of a double chin.
Genetics may have a role to play in developing a double chin. If there is a history of saggy skin with little elasticity or double chins, you might be more likely to develop one yourself.
How can you address your double chin?
Luckily, there exist three proven procedures for addressing conditions such as submental fullness in the neck and chin area: Kybella, liposuction and neck lift surgery.
Kybella, Liposuction or Neck Lift: Which is right for you?
(deoxycholic acid) Kybella
Kybella was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 as a less intrusive alternative to liposuction. It is the first and only non-invasive treatment for improving neck and chin contouring. Kybella is administered via injections and attacks the fat cells responsible for a double chin, improving neck fullness.
The injections efficiently target the stubborn excess fat under the skin. As Kybella injections are non-surgical, they eliminate the lengthy recovery time required for surgical procedures such as liposuction or neck lift surgery. Kybella is injected directly into the fatty areas behind the chin. The injections target and cause the rapid destruction of fat cells. Kybella also prevents future fat accumulation. After treatment, the fat is absorbed and cleared from the area by the body’s natural metabolic process, leaving a clean fascial space (also known as the tissue space and submental area).
When the injections are performed properly, the Kybella only targets the obstinate subcutaneous fat cells. By administering the shots directly to the cells that are causing neck fullness, the adjacent cells and tissues are undamaged. To see the full effects of this medical wonder, you will need to receive the complete course of treatment, which can take up to six different sessions. Each session will be spread about a month apart from each other.
Liposuction can be performed on the neck. The results of this option are an immediate improvement of a double chin. Liposuction works best in cases where there exists a primary isolated fat pocket with very little skin excess. Likewise, if you have more than mild to minimal excess skin, this might not be the best option for you. Talk to your healthcare provider for an assessment.
While performing the liposuction procedure, your plastic surgeon or dermatologist will use a small tube (called a cannula). In addition, a suction device removes excess fat from the area. The health provider will usually be able to remove the fat cells permanently, allowing the neck to be reshaped into an attractive contour. Sculpting the skin of the chin and neck into a pleasant shape is the primary goal of neck liposuction. The operation will take only about an hour and the majority of patients are healthy enough to return to their normal activities within a few short days of the procedure.
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Excess fat under the skin isn’t always the primary culprit of one’s dissatisfaction with the appearance of his or her neck and chin area. Sometimes the unhappiness is a result of the presence of loose skin and lax neck muscles; and not of excess fat. If this is the case, your healthcare provider might recommend a neck lift procedure. During a neck lift, first incisions are carefully made behind the ears. In addition, they may also be made behind the chin. Therefore, they are strategically placed behind the chin and/or neck. This allows the surgeon to conceal the small amount of scarring that is present after the procedure.
First the surgeon will separate the platysma (neck muscles) from the skin. In addition, tighten the skin with sutures. Following its separation from the neck muscles, your surgeon will then redrape the skin over the area and trim off any excess skin. The typical recovery time takes one to two weeks. Consequently, you will need to refrain from participating in any strenuous activity for one to 2 months after the procedure.