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Body insecurities: Just about everyone has them—or at least one. Double chins might be otherwise inoffensive pockets of fat that pose no health risk, but if you spend a lot of time looking in the mirror, dread taking selfies, or have endured casual comments about the condition in front of others, the look of “submental fullness” can make your self-worth take a nosedive. These reasons, and more, inspire many people to turn to plastic surgeons for double chin reduction in St. Louis and across the country. Here’s what you need to know about the problem and your options for addressing it:
Q: What Causes a Double Chin?
A: There are many reasons why you may have a double chin, such as a recessed jaw, weak bone structure, loose skin, a few extra pounds, or losing youthful facial contours due to aging. Maybe your father, mother, uncles, or aunts also had this problem and it’s been passed down through genetics. The neck is one of the first areas where the effects of aging—including stubborn fat pockets—show up.
Q: What Are Double Chin Surgeries?
A: Procedures that focus on the neck involve a series of different approaches, such as a neck lift and neck liposuction. The exact course of action depends on the individual’s needs. Liposuction loosens and takes out fat cells beneath the skin with a tiny cannula, while a neck lift repositions muscles and trims away loose skin that creates folds and wattles.
Q: Who is a Suitable Candidate for Double Chin Surgery?
A: The ideal patient for these procedures is someone who is healthy and slim, but who wants to lose some extra skin or diet -and exercise-resistant chin fat. A relatively young person with a good, firm skin tone may benefit from neck liposuction, but if you also have lots of loose, excess tissue, it may be best to combine fat reduction with a neck lift.
Q: What is Double Chin Surgery Recovery Like?
A: Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort are to be expected after surgery. You can usually return to work and engage in light activities after one to three days.
Q: Is There a Non-Surgical Alternative?
A: If you don’t want to have surgery, there are some minimally invasive options to consider to target fat cells that accumulate in the submental area. CoolSculpting® kills fat cells with cold, while Kybella® injections break the unwanted cells down. Note that neither of these options firms up stretched-out skin, though there are laser and other energy-based options that can help with laxity.
Talk to our West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University team based in St. Louis if you’re seeking advice on your plastic surgery journey. If you have a question about double chin reduction, visit us, write us a message, or call (314) 996-8800 to discuss it.