A double chin is defined as a roll of fatty skin that is situated beneath your chin that makes it appear as if you have two chins, hence the name: double chin. This can be caused as a part of the natural aging process, genetics or a response to weight fluctuation.
The dreaded double chin can affect people of all sizes and ages – it doesn’t discriminate. Home remedies and exercises may help you feel like you’re making a difference, but the reality is that they’re never really going to produce dramatic results. There are quite a few treatments to remove the fat and restore your neck to its normal appearance. Ways to get rid of a double chin include:
Kybella – Kybella is an injectable solution that is placed beneath the chin to permanently destroy the fat cells that cause a double chin. The active ingredient in Kybella, synthetic deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring molecule in our body that helps break down fat. Your metabolism then processes the fat cleared from the treatment area. Typically, 3-6 treatments are recommended, depending on the patient.
CoolSculpting – Cryolypolysis, also called CoolSculpting, is a procedure that cools the skin and the tissues beneath it. This method is effective because fat cells are particularly sensitive to the cool temperatures. The fat cells die over the next few days after treatment, and the body gets rid of them.
Liposuction – Liposuction can be a great option for people desiring a more refined neck and jaw line. Small incisions are made under the chin (one on each side) for access for a tiny laser fiber which is used to melt fat and tighten skin simultaneously. A very thin cannula is then placed through those same tiny incisions to vacuum away the melted fat.
Neck Lift – Older patients who have a double chin and significant loose or sagging neck skin with visible bands may require a neck lift. The fat causing the double chin is removed and sagging neck muscles are tightened. Loose skin is removed from behind the ear.
If you have a double chin, don’t be dismayed! Contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a consultation. During a visit in Annandale, Dr. Nickodem can discuss your goals and the treatment option best suited for you.