Most people have at least a few areas of their body that they love. This often coincides with a few problem areas that cause frustration. A double-chin is just such a problem. When fatty tissue beneath the chin is prominent, it creates the illusion of extra weight in the face and sometimes even in the body. You may have a lot of appreciation for your overall body type. You may take excellent care of yourself to ease your aging process and feel good about your appearance. And yet, your double-chin may stand in the way of your highest confidence.
A double-chin may only slightly relate to weight. In most cases, the fullness that develops beneath the jawline has more to do with tissue laxity and the presence of natural subcutaneous fat that has simply become more visible than it should. If the time has come for you to part ways with a troublesome double-chin, you have options.
Liposuction isn’t just for the stomach or thighs. When submental fullness has become obvious, many people opt to have fat cells surgically removed. Neck liposuction is a short procedure during which a small cannula is inserted through a tiny incision beneath the chin. A delicate touch is used to refine the shape of the chin and jawline by removing just the right amount of fat. There is a short recovery period after neck liposuction during which swelling and bruising may accompany minor discomfort. After the area has healed, fat is gone forever.
Liposuction is a good treatment option for submental fullness in patients whose skin is still elastic enough to retract naturally after surgery. When tissue on the chin and neck are loose, a neck lift may be recommended. This may occur independently or in conjunction with liposuction to remove unnecessary fat from the area before tissue tightening takes place. Neck lift surgery tightens the muscle structure beneath the skin and removes excess tissue for optimal results. Recovery after a neck lift takes about two weeks.
Many people who wish to have a more sculpted chin and jawline have turned to Kybella, the non-surgical approach to eliminating double-chin fat. Kybella treatment includes a series of injections in many cases, though some people may achieve their desired result after just one round of injections. This injectable double-chin treatment works by dismantling the walls of fat cells so the contents of targeted cells can get metabolized by the body. Fat does not grow back after this elimination process, but it is important to remember that weight gain may affect the outcome of any kind of fat removal treatment.