A double chin is an extra pad of fat just under your jaw. It’s often a stubborn part of the body that doesn’t always respond to diet and exercise. Luckily, there are many treatment options (both surgical and non-surgical) that can effectively get rid of this pesky layer of fat.
Let’s take a look at why a double chin occurs and what options you have to get rid of it for good!
How Does A Double Chin Occur?
There are multiple causes of a double chin. It can depend on your specific circumstances to determine the reason you’re struggling with a double chin.
The causes include:
- Age: Skin can start to lose its elasticity, and collagen can start to break down as you age. Your metabolism can also slow down as you get older. Together, these factors can lead to a double chin.
- Diet and weight: Gaining weight and eating an unhealthy diet is one of the more common ways a double chin can form.
- Genetics: Unfortunately, genetics can also be a factor in whether you develop a double chin or not. If anyone in your family has a double chin or if there is a history of low skin elasticity, you may have a double chin as well.
- Posture: Posture can weaken the muscles in the neck and chin and contribute to the development of a double chin
Are There Exercises To Get Rid of a Double Chin?
There are certain exercises you can do to strengthen your chin and tighten the skin and muscles there, but these exercises may not always give you the dramatic results you’re looking for.
That said, there are a few exercises you can try. The first involves pushing your lower jaw out to stretch the skin and then bringing it back in toward your neck. Doing this multiple times a day can reduce the amount of fat under the chin.
Another exercise involves putting a ball under your chin and pressing down on it with your chin for 8-10 repetitions. You need to do this multiple times a day to see results.
You can also try tilting your head back and looking at the ceiling. Hold the position for 5-10 seconds and then release. Do this 10 times per session.
Getting Rid of A Double Chin Without Surgery
If you’re interested in having your double chin removed with treatment but aren’t looking for surgery, a wide variety of options have become available over the years. Let’s take a look at a few.
Morpheus8 combines microneedling with radiofrequency heat to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin in the targeted area. When used on the chin and neck area, it can tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of a double chin.
And because the treatment is completely customizable, it can be adjusted to fit your exact needs. Additionally, it’s good for all skin tones, and there is next to no downtime.
If your double chin is caused by loose skin, FaceTite is a great option. It can tighten the skin around the jawline using radiofrequency energy, and the downtime after the procedure is very minimal. You may notice some swelling or tenderness to the skin, but that’s about it.
Cryolipolysis is one of the most innovative treatment methods for reducing fat. It uses cooling energy to freeze fat cells. Once the fat cells are crystallized, the body naturally eliminates them, leading to a more sculpted appearance. It can be particularly effective on a double chin.
If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of a double chin, but don’t want to go under the knife, we offer a number of non-surgical options at Brandon Plastic Surgery. With minimal downtime and significant results, these can be a great option for addressing a sagging neck, jowls, and drooping cheeks. Talk to one of our providers about all the non-surgical options available.
Surgical Options for Getting Rid Of A Double Chin
If you’re open to surgical options, there are plenty of methods that can help you get rid of your double chin. The main two surgeries include liposuction and a lower facelift/neck lift.
Liposuction is the most common procedure used to remove a double chin. The excess fat is loosened with a thin tube called a cannula, and then the fat is sucked out with a vacuum. You will be put under sedation or general anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. The results are long-term, and the removed fat cells will not return.
A lower facelift or neck lift are two other options that can be used to get rid of a double chin. They not only allow for the removal of fat cells, but they can also tighten the skin at the same time, so you have the sculpted chin and jawline you’ve been looking for.
These procedures will provide the most dramatic results, and because you will be asleep during the surgery, you don’t have to worry about discomfort or pain. You will likely have some swelling for several weeks, but once it goes down, you will be able to see your full results.
Schedule A Consultation
Ready to finally get rid of your double chin? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shienbaum or Dr. Gargya at Brandon Plastic Surgery today. They will listen to your concerns, examine the treatment area, and build a customized treatment plan for you.
To schedule a consultation today, please call our Brandon, FL office at (813) 359-1075, or use our online contact form.