If you’re self-conscious about your double chin, there are multiple solutions. The most common cause of a double chin is a layer of subcutaneous fat beneath the chin and around the neck. Fat that lies directly under the skin is called subcutaneous. Double chins can develop due to weight gain, but even individuals near their ideal weight can have subcutaneous fat. Double chins can be resistant to weight loss; meaning exercising and dieting may not resolve them. According to the American Society for Dermatology Surgery, nearly 68% of all Americans have subcutaneous fat that creates the appearance of a double chin.
Fortunately there are three great solutions provided by The Waltzman Institute for treating patients with subcutaneous fat beneath chin and neck area: Kybella, Neck Lift surgery and Liposuciton
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is one of the least invasive treatments for treating a double chin. Approved by the FDA in 2015, Kybella is the first and only non-surgical treatment for contouring and improving subcutaneous fat.
Kybella injections effectively destroy excess fat under the chin and around the neck, leaving a clear jaw line that improves the aesthetic appearance of the face. In addition, to being the least invasive treatment, Kybella also offers patients minimal down time vs procedures like a neck lift or liposuction. When injected into targeted fat areas behind the chin, Kybella causes the rapid destruction and absorption of fat cells while also preventing future fat accumulation. After treatment, the fat is cleared from the area by the body’s natural metabolic process. With the deft touch of Dr. Josh Waltzman, Kybella targets only fat cells; all other cells and tissue remain unaffected. Treatment may require multiple sessions to achieve the patients’ desired results.
Sometimes dissatisfaction with the appearance of the neck/chin area can be more related to loose skin and lax neck muscles than to excess fat. During a neck lift procedure, incisions are strategically placed behind the ears and/or behind the chin. The neck muscles (platysma) are separated from the skin, and are tightened with sutures. Next, the skin is redraped and any excess is trimmed away. Typical recovery time is 10 to 14 days, though return to strenuous activity is typically 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.
Neck liposuction is an ideal option for immediately improving a double chin that stems primarily from an isolated pocket of fat with mild to minimal skin excess. During a liposuction procedure, Dr. Josh Waltzman removes fat using a small tube (called a cannula) and a suction device. Dr. Waltzman has the ability to permanently remove fat cells, which allows the neck to be sculpted to achieve an attractive contour. The procedure takes about an hour and most patients are able to return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
Want to learn more about your treatment options? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Josh Waltzman today. Located in Long Beach, CA The Waltzman Institute provides exceptional care to patients throughout Southern California.