3 Ways to Get Rid of a Double Chin
1. Neck Liposuction
Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from most body areas, including the small pockets of fat under the chin. This fat removal surgery uses a thin cannula (hollow tube) attached to a surgical vacuum to suction away the fat through a small incision. People with good skin elasticity are ideal candidates for double chin reduction with liposuction because their skin tissue more easily conforms to the slimmer neck contour.
Neck liposuction is an outpatient procedure, but you will need to wear a tight chin strap or compression material for a week or longer to promote healing and reduce swelling and bruising. Inflammation and skin discoloration go away about three to six weeks after liposuction. You’ll immediately notice a more defined jawline and chin contour that continues to improve as the tissues heal. Neck liposuction has one of the shortest recoveries compared to other plastic surgeries because the area is small and incisions are minimal.
2. Neck Lift
Neck lift may be a more appropriate choice for patients with a double chin and loose skin or a “turkey wattle” appearance. The procedure removes excess skin and fat from the neck and submental area and is often combined with facelift to revitalize the mid- and lower face. The neck and chin may feel tight after neck lift surgery with swelling and bruising. Neck lift requires activity limitations, such as no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for several weeks. You’ll notice a better chin and neck contour right away, and results will improve as swelling and bruising go away around two to four weeks later.
Kybella is an injectable that is FDA approved for submental fat reduction. This type of injection lipolysis is made with deoxycholic acid, a molecule found in your body that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. Kybella injections destroy fat cells under the chin and offer a non-surgical yet effective method to reduce a double chin. People with good skin quality who don’t qualify for neck liposuction or neck lift or don’t want invasive surgery can benefit from Kybella. Non-surgical chin reduction with Kybella takes four to six weeks for results as the body eliminates the dead fat cells. The quick procedure may leave you with some swelling, bruising, or numbness for a few days, but ice and over-the-counter pain medications can ease your discomfort. Kybella provides long-lasting results because the fat cells are destroyed.
If you’re interested in double chin reduction, contact Valladolid Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona. Schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon by calling (480) 770-5015.