Double chin removal is a cosmetic procedure that removes the fat from below the skin, thereby shaping, smoothing and sculpting the neck contour.

What Is Double Chin?

Double chin is clinically called ‘submental fat’ and refers to the accumulation of fat under your lower jaw. A double chin is often associated with obesity. Factors like hereditary causes, loose and sagging skin due to ageing, anatomy, and airway positioning influence the appearance of a double chin.

Why is Double Chin Removal Recommended?

Chubby cheeks and a dimpled chin are cute in little kids. In adults, it would be called a ‘double chin’’ and is a cause for concern. We all love seeing a sleek profile when we look in our mirrors. Having a double chin will reflect a grim and disappointing reality in the mirror. Getting rid of a double chin is vital in this world where everything from celebrities to Instagram influencers everything reeks of perfection.

How to Get Rid Of Double Chin?

Diet and exercise go a long way in helping you lose your extra chin, but they are tedious and time-consuming. Cosmetic surgery offers faster and more effective ways to help you eliminate the double chin. There are surgical as well as nonsurgical cosmetic methods to treat double chin.

What are The Non-Surgical Methods For Double Chin Removal

Non-surgical methods for Double Chin Removal are methods that appeal to people who want freedom from their double chin but are not ready to go under the knife for the same.

  • Fat Dissolving Injections
    This is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that involves the use of Kybella (in Australia) and Belkyra  (in the USA),  FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved injectables. These injectables are synthetic versions of deoxycholic acid, an acid that is found in human bile whose primary action is to destroy fat cells.
    When injected below the chin, it destroys the fat cells and also triggers a chain of inflammatory reactions, and the body ends up clearing away all the destroyed cells. These injectables dissolve the fat below your skin and in doing so, give a chiselled appearance to your face. 
  • Coolsculpting -Also known as lipocryolysis, is a method of destroying fat cells by freezing them to death. This procedure involves using an ice pad under your chin. An applicator device is turned on. You may feel different sensations like cramping and pulling initially. As the procedure progresses, you will feel completely numb. The applicator, along with the chilling temperature of the ice pad, destroys the fats in the target area. Coolsculpting requires multiple sessions to achieve the desired results fully.
    This procedure is ideally suited to young people with healthy, non-sagging skin. People with loose skin with age-related sagging is not suitable for this procedure.
  • Ultherapy, or Ultratherapy – It is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten sagging skin. It works by stimulating the production of collagen, a protein that is responsible for maintaining the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. This collagen helps to tone and shape your jaw and neckline gradually. Ultherapy can be performed without anaesthesia by a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
  • Radiofrequency (RF) Treatments – Radiofrequency treatments use heat energy to heat up the fat cells in your double chin. This heating dislodges the fat cells and also stimulates the production of collagen. The fat cells are eliminated by the body’s natural drainage system and the collagen helps to tone up and tighten the muscles of your jaw and neckline, thus eliminating your double chin.

What are The Surgical Methods For Double Chin Removal?

  • Chin LiposuctionThis method is best suited for people who desire immediate results. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision and sucking the fat out from under your chin. A skilled cosmetic surgeon performs the procedure and gives you a chiselled jawline. Recovery from this surgical process takes a few weeks. 
  • Face- lift In this method, your surgeon aims to remove the fat and loose skin that is hanging around your chin and neck. This is a surgical procedure in which you will be put to sleep using general anaesthesia
  • Neck-lift – In this surgical procedure, the surgeon removes the double chin by removing the extra skin on the chin (called cervicoplasty procedure) or tightens the neck muscles to remove the double chin (known as platysmaplasty). This gives the shape and contour to your neck and chin.

What Are The Precautions to Follow After Double Chin Removal Surgery?

The Double Chin Removal procedure is a daycare surgery, and you will be allowed to go home the same day of the surgery. A drain may be put near the surgical site that allows fluid drainage and prevents the area from being swelled up. Your dermatologist surgeon will advise you to:

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, as you may be under the effect of anaesthesia and may not be able to drive by yourself.
  • Care for the drain, and do not remove it by  yourself
  • Keep your dressing clean and dry
  • Restrict the neck movements for some days
  • Take your medications for pain and swelling ( painkillers and antibiotics) timely to prevent infections from developing
  • Stay indoors and avoid too much sunlight
  • Immediately consult your dermatologist if you have pain, bleeding, oozing or an increase in swelling at the surgical site

What Are The Advantages of Getting a Double Chin Surgery?

A double chin is a source of embarrassment and can have a  dampening effect on one’s mental health undergoing surgery for its removal has many advantages:

  • You will get a well-contoured, shaped neck and chin after the procedure
  • Your neck and chin will appear thinner, which will give you a younger look
  • The underlying skin on your neck and chin will have a smooth texture.

When Can I Fully Recover After Double Chin Surgery?

Immediately after the surgery, you may experience some pain, tightness and swelling over the surgical site, but these will revolve in around 2 weeks with medications. The surgeon will remove the drain present for the removal of fluids after a few days of the procedure. The incision on the site will take about a few months to heal completely.

When Will I be Able to Resume Work After Double Chin Surgery?

Double Chin Surgery is a simple and safe procedure, and you can resume work and engage in your daily chores in a week or two, as per the advice of your dermatologist. Our experts at  Kosmoderma Skin, Hair, and Body Clinics will guide you from the first step to recovery.

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