Losing weight has many advantages to your health and your confidence, but it may also leave behind sagging skin. Aging and weight gain also cause excess skin or fat under the chin area, which isn't usually flattering.
No matter the reason for your double chin, one thing is for sure – you need to eliminate it for a boost in self-confidence. Eating a healthy diet and specific chin exercises help, but what if that's not enough?
Eliminating your double chin may be as simple as a few injections in your neck to reduce fat and improve your overall appearance.
At Meridian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lee K. Thornton and Dr. Mark S. Elliott offer surgical and minimally invasive procedures to help you feel and look your best.
Dr. Thornton and Dr. Elliott are both board-certified plastic surgeons, offering Juvéderm Volux®, neck lifts, facelifts, liposuction, and CoolSculpting® to improve the appearance of a double chin.
Causes of a double chin
A double chin is a common issue among many people. It's an unfortunate part of the aging process as the muscles in the neck and face begin to weaken, causing sagging skin.
Being overweight also increases the chances of having a double chin. Fat stores increase with obesity in various areas of the body, including the neck and chin.
Losing weight helps, but it also leads to excess skin, sometimes in areas like under the chin. All of these issues can lead to a double chin, which reduces confidence in your appearance.
If you're overweight or simply dealing with sagging skin from aging, specific neck exercises can help reduce the appearance of a double chin. However, it's not always successful, leaving you wondering about other options.
The good news is that nonsurgical and surgical options are available to help you lose your double chin for good.
The facts on Juvéderm Volux®
Juvéderm Volux® is an FDA-approved dermal filler specifically formulated for treatment of the jawline and chin. It’s composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body.
We utilize Juvéderm Volux for enhancement of the jaw in people living with a double chin or those wishing to have a defined chin or jowl area.
One of the significant benefits of Juvéderm Volux is that it’s the only FDA-approved dermal filler specifically designed for the jawline, making it ideal when you’re looking for a safe alternative to surgery.
The Juvéderm Volux® injection contains a proprietary blend of hyaluronic acid gel and a small amount of lidocaine to make the injection more comfortable.
So how does Juvéderm Volux work to reduce a double chin? The injection utilizes the patented VYCROSS® technology, which allows the hyaluronic acid gel to cohesively lift the skin for a defined jawline. The results speak for themselves and last for a long time.
We sometimes refer to the Juvéderm Volux® injectable as a liquid facelift, because it provides amazing results without the need for surgery in people with the desire to achieve a youthful appearance around the jaw and chin.
What other options are there?
If Juvéderm Volux® doesn't do the trick to improve a double chin, or it's not an option for any reason, we do offer surgical procedures to enhance your appearance and slim down your neck and jawline.
Lipolysis is one option for excess fat around the chin area. During lipolysis, we either extract the fat through a suction tube or use a laser to melt away excess fat quickly.
You typically only need a local anesthetic for the lipolysis procedure. Still, it can have side effects like pain, bruising, or swelling afterward.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure we offer for pronounced results around the neck, chin, and jawline. During the process, our team uses tools to tighten the skin and muscles around the neck and chin.
Although a neck lift isn't permanent, it can minimize your double chin and slow the aging process around the neck to provide a more youthful appearance.
CoolSculpting is another option we provide to help slim the area around the chin. Also called cryolipolysis, the CoolSculpting procedure freezes fat cells in hard-to-lose areas like the chin so they don’t return.
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia or incisions in the skin. It provides long-lasting results without the downtime and recovery of a surgical procedure.
If you're looking to get rid of a double chin and improve the appearance of your face, a facelift may be a good idea. A facelift addresses various areas of the face and neck to enhance your overall appearance.
To learn more about your options to eliminate a pesky double chin, don't hesitate to call Meridian Plastic Surgery today at 601-693-7742 or request a consultation on the website.