The double chin is the opposite of the perfect profile and strong jawline that’s long been associated with youth and beauty. What’s worse is that loose and saggy skin around the chin and neck tends to get neglected. Think about it. You likely have a skincare regime in place to combat signs of aging like sun damage and wrinkles. Double chin? Not so much. But by understanding the causes and treatment options, you can lose the double chin (in some cases, for good) and restore a more youthful appearance to your chin line.
What Causes Double Chin?
As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity and our muscles get weaker. The result can be a classic sign of aging: saggy skin around the jawline and loss of definition of the profile
Just like fat can be stored around your waistline, you can accumulate fat under your chin. Having excess body fat can contribute to the loose jawline and droopy neck skin associated with double chin.
Some families have a genetic predisposition for double chin. If many of your relatives have double chins, your family may have a hereditary propensity to carry weight along the jawline or may naturally retain water in the chin and neck area.
What are My Double Chin Treatment Options?
If your double chin is caused by excess fat, a change in diet can help. A low-fat diet with a reduced calorie intake is key to weight loss, in general, and may help reduce fat under the chin. If your double chin is due to water retention, it may be helpful to flush toxins from the body by drinking more water or eating detoxifying foods like cucumbers or garlic.
Weight loss may be best achieved through a combination of diet and cardiovascular exercise. While many old wives tales exist about specific jawline exercises, there is no scientific evidence that suggests double chin exercises actually work.
Is Permanent Reduction of Double Chin Possible?
Until recently, liposuction surgery was the best option for reducing double chin. But liposuction came with the risks, possible side effects and lengthy downtime associated with going under the knife.
In 2015, the FDA approved a revolutionary noninvasive treatment for double chin reduction called Kybella. Without scalpels or lipo-tubes, Kybella is an injectable that physically destroys fat cells beneath the chin with the naturally-occurring molecule, deoxycholic acid. A double-blind trial of 1022 adult subjects showed that submental fat reduction was achieved more frequently with Kybella than with placebo. Kybella results are generally long-lasting with clients reporting little to no downtime following the nonsurgical procedure.
Kybella Before and After
Desired chin and profile appearance can be achieved with a minimum of two to four treatments, depending on personal treatment goals. For more information on Kybella or to book a treatment, call Smooth Synergy at 212-397-0111