How To Get Rid of Double Chin

How To Get Rid of Double Chin
November 3, 2020 Dr. Tali Arviv, MD
In Blog
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How To Get Rid of Double Chin

Most of us have experienced what we perceive as a double chin. Why do you think there are so many online tutorials about the ideal pose for photos, especially selfies? It may be just a wrong angle that causes our skin to look like it has a roll of fat beneath our chin, or it may be a real issue known as submental fat. While submental fat is associated with weight gain, many people who have it are not overweight.

A quick search on the internet will give you lots of DIY options to eliminate a double chin. While diet and exercise are always crucial for a healthy lifestyle, the reality is that they probably won’t do much to minimize the submental fat unless you are significantly overweight. It won’t do anything for loose skin. You don’t need lotions or potions, either. The only way to be sure you eliminate your double chin is with professional treatment.

Professional Chin Treatments

Sometimes no matter how healthy our lifestyle, genetics may override our good habits. When that happens, having a professional intervention may be your only relief. Arviv Medical Aesthetics offers treatments to eliminate body fat’s stubborn areas: body contouring, CoolScuplting, and Kybella. After your initial consultation, we’ll discuss the options available to you to give you the results you desire. 

Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring goes by a few names, including liposculpture and lipolysis. This surgical procedure uses liposuction or laser to contour problem areas by melting away fat. It is most effective for treating small sub-mental fat areas on younger patients, as it does not remove excess skin or increase its elasticity.

When treating a double chin, it should only require a local anesthetic.  During liposuction, a thin stainless steel tube called a cannula inserted through a small incision where the fat is carefully removed. The cannula is attached to flexible tubing attached on the other end to a suction pump. Modern body contouring techniques allow the liposuction performed without IV sedation.  

One drawback of body contouring with traditional liposuction is that, since it is a surgical procedure, the aftercare is more extensive. Side effects may include pain, bruising, and swelling. However, a dramatic difference that is visible quicker is a distinct advantage of body contouring with liposuction. 

Laser lipolysis uses fiber-optic lasers to create heat that melts fat. The benefit of laser lipolysis is that it generates collagen production to tighten the skin. This spurs the production of the protein collagen, making skin appear tighter. In some cases, superior results can be achieved with a combination of liposuction and lipolysis. 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Treatment

Arviv Medical Aesthetics is proud to offer CoolSculpting, a non-surgical fat reduction treatment. It utilizes an FDA approved fat freezing technology to eliminate pockets of fat in several areas, including:

  • Abdomen and flanks
  • Bra line
  • Back fat
  • Chin and jawline
  • Underneath the buttocks
  • Upper arms

One of the advantages of using CoolSculting on submental fat is that it also tightens the skin under the chin. The procedure freezes the fat cells to kill them. Your body will naturally rid itself of the dead cells within one to three months, after which you should notice a 20-25% fat reduction.

 

Professional CoolSculpting Procedure Details

The procedure is simple, with no incisions, injections, or anesthesia necessary. A trained medical professional performs it with a device that looks similar to a vacuum cleaner. The treatment takes anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the size of the area. The technician will apply a gel pad and applicator to the skin over the area to be treated. The handheld applicator cools and sums the area as it moves over the skin, freezing the subcutaneous fat. 

You may feel sensations of cold, pulling, mild pinching, tugging, stinging, tingling, aching, cramping, or numbness at the site of the treatment. However, most people can read, work, watch television, or listen to music during the treatment. Side effects are generally mild and can include tenderness, redness, aching, itching, skin sensitivity, swelling, and bruising. It is not unusual to feel a sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after receiving treatment for submental fat.

Downtime is minimal, with most people returning immediately to their normal activities. Remember, everyone is different, so that you may see results in as little as three weeks or up to three months. However, the dead fat cells’ flushing can continue for up to six months after the initial treatment.

Kybella Injections

Mesotherapy is the therapeutic term for the injection of small amounts of fat-dissolving compounds under the skin. It is typically performed over a series of injections. The name Kybella is a brand name for deoxycholic acid, approved by the FDA in 2015 for use in mesotherapy. It allows the body to absorb fat. Your Tampa or Miami doctor will recommend the number of injections to complete your treatment plan, but it can take 20 treatments or more, delivered no more often than once per month, to eliminate a double chin. 

The ideal candidates for Kybella include those between the ages of 19 and 65 who have had no other facial cosmetic treatments, are otherwise healthy, non-smokers, and have no scarring in the area of the treatment. A dermatologist or physician with plastic surgery experience should only administer Kybella. It requires a high level of expertise to understand how to administer the drug to prevent potential nerve damage.

Potential side effects of any injectable may include: 

  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Redness

Advantages of treatment using Kybella for treatment of a double chin include:

  • Once the fat is dissolved, it cannot reaccumulate in that area.
  • It is ideal for those with a double chin caused by genetics. 
  • Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring byproduct produced by healthy bacteria in the intestines.
  • It creates a sleeker jawline and an improved cervicomental angle in over 80% of patients.

Facial & Body Rejuvenation at Arviv Medical Aesthetics

While getting plenty of exercise and eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein is a recipe for a healthier you, it may not always make a difference in a double chin’s appearance. In some, submental fat is a result of genetics, and no diet or exercise can change it. For others, spending all your time in the gym, hoping for your double chin to disappear, may not be the ideal choice.

When you already have a healthy body weight and still can’t get rid of your double chin, CoolSculpting, Kybella, or body contouring may be the answer. At Arviv Medical Aesthetics, our medical spa has the latest advances in facial and body rejuvenation. We are proud to present the highest safety procedures and superlative clinical capabilities you need with the luxurious spa atmosphere you expect. Call us today at our Tampa office: 813-855-0111 or our Miami office: 305-340-9002 for a consultation today. 

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