If you have a double chin, you know it’s not something most people are particularly thrilled about. Millions of adults of all ages express frustration about having excess fatty tissue beneath the chin. Some believe that they have developed fat here because they are overweight. This can be true but often general weight and a double chin are unrelated. Still, the submental fullness that can form beneath the chin gives that illusion regardless of healthy body proportions. You don’t have to be troubled by a double chin. Here, we point out a few treatments that can solve this problem for good.
Liposuction: A Single Procedure for Fat Reduction
Liposuction is the minimally invasive surgery that is performed to remove unwanted fat. It is most often associated with eliminating a muffin top or saddlebags. However, that’s not all liposuction can do. Advances in technology have expanded the efficacy of liposuction for smaller areas, including the chin. Due to the small size of the area, chin liposuction may be performed using a local anesthetic and sedative rather than general anesthesia. Mild swelling and bruising are expected to resolve in about a week.
Kybella: Fast, Fine-tunable Fat Reduction
Kybella is the first injectable created specifically for fat reduction. It works by destroying fat cell membranes with deoxycholic acid. This is a naturally-occurring acid that the body makes to dismantle dietary fat. In studies, this product has achieved consistent results in small target areas, making it an ideal double-chin treatment for those who prefer a nonsurgical approach. Several treatment sessions are necessary. Once the provider sees how the body responds, subsequent treatments can be customized as needed. It can take several weeks to see the results of this treatment.
CoolSculpting: Quick, Convenient, and Lasting
Like liposuction, CoolSculpting has become known as an efficient form of body contouring. Also like liposuction, the CoolSculpting system has been refined with new-and-improved technology and applicators. A small applicator called the Cool Mini is used to freeze fatty tissue beneath the chin. The freezing temperature destroys fat cells through crystallization. After a few weeks, patients begin to see the difference. The outcome can take up to 12 weeks and may require a second or third treatment.
Double chin fat isn’t nearly as problematic now that we have multiple ways of getting rid of it. To explore your treatment options, schedule a consultation at our Louisville office at 502-425-5200.