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Double Chin

Double chin

Although very common, particularly as we age, having a ‘double chin’ can be a source of concern for many people, contributing to a heavier or older-looking appearance. On this page, we outline the definition and cause of this condition, as well as removal and non-surgical treatment options to get rid of a double chin with Doctor Roya, a highly experienced and trusted professional based in NY.

What is a double chin?

Also known as submental fat or neck fullness, the condition often called a double chin is essentially an extra layer of fatty tissue under the lower jaw, leading to the appearance of a larger chin and taking away from jawline definition.

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What causes a double chin?

Although often associated with weight gain, being overweight is not the only cause of a double chin. Genetics can also play a role, as can the loosening of skin due to aging. A person’s posture can also weaken their neck and chin muscles if these are not frequently used.

Lifestyle changes to reduce a double chin

For those looking to fix a double chin without surgery, diet and exercise can be a great remedy. It’s a good idea to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, reduce sugar and fat consumption, and practice portion control to maintain a steady calorie intake. At the same time, experts recommend around 150 minutes of moderate activity each week to boost weight loss/maintenance. This exercise can take many forms, for example:

  • Walking fast;
  • Riding a bike on flat ground;
  • Playing doubles tennis;
  • Pushing a lawn mower.

Exercises for double chin reduction

Although there’s no scientific proof that targeting the neck and chin area with certain exercises can hide a double chin, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that it might well be worth trying. Below, you can find just a few of the exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine:

  • Around the world: rotate your head gently to warm up
  • Whistle at the ceiling: tilt your head back and pretend to whistle
  • Pucker up: similar to the previous exercise, stand with your head tilted back and pucker your lips
  • Ball squeeze: place a ball under your chin and press down

Non-surgical double chin treatment

For individuals who are not satisfied with the results of dieting and exercise and want to take the next step to lose a double chin, the great news is that there are non-surgical, non-invasive options to do just that.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved method that uses fat-freezing technology. At a certain temperature, fat cells in your chin/neck area freeze, and your body naturally gets rid of these dead cells. The process following treatment is gradual and ongoing, with results developing after 2-6 months or more. Patients can expect to see a 20-25% reduction in fat in the treated area. If you want to find out more about CoolSculpting treatments in New York, contact Doctor Roya today.

Kybella®

Another non-surgical option worth considering is Kybella®. This non-invasive treatment comes in the form of an injection or shot and does not require incisions or lengthy healing time. The injectable solution is made up of deoxycholic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body and helps to break down fat cells. By targeting an injection of the acid in the chin area, your body naturally begins to eliminate the submental fat that causes a double chin. Patients may experience mild bruising, swelling, or redness, but they can generally return to work or daily activities straight away.

Double chin surgery

For patients with more obtrusive fatty deposits looking for a complete, long-term solution, double chin surgery can be an option. The two main approaches are liposuction and a neck lift.

Liposuction involves making tiny incisions in the neck before inserting a wand called a cannula to directly remove fat from the most prominent area underneath the chin.

Neck lift surgery is the most invasive option and involves removing excessive skin or tightening the neck skin muscles, creating a more contoured appearance. This is most suitable for patients with less elastic and looser skin.

Recovering from double chin treatment

Patients who opt for CoolSculpting may experience temporary side effects including mild redness, swelling, and bruising, lasting for a few days. Kybella®, meanwhile, can lead to moderate to severe swelling for up to two weeks. Liposuction patients are likely to experience mild swelling and bruising for 1-3 weeks and are recommended to take one week off work and not to exercise for at least 2-3 weeks.

Double chin treatment: before and after

Patients who get treatment for a double chin, whatever the method, can expect to see a reduction in the amount of submental fat and a smoother, more contoured neck area as a result. Take a look at the pictures below to get an idea of what these treatments can achieve.

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double-chin-nyc-dr-roya

Double chin FAQs

The fat reduction effects of CoolSculpting are indeed permanent. However, the patient must continue to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to ensure that the contours defined by CoolSculpting remain fully visible and the ‘double chin’ effect does not return. Contact Doctor Roya if you would like more information.

For the vast majority of patients, no. The most common description is a mild pinching or tugging sensation. A small minority of people find the experience moderately painful for the first 15 minutes or so, before numbness kicks in. Book a consultation with Doctor Roya to discuss this double chin treatment in more detail.

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