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September 1, 2017

Chin Up! A Guide to Double Chin Removal

Double Chin Removal
Double Chin Removal

Submental fullness—what most refer to as the “double chin”—is a problem area for many and unfortunately cannot always be resolved through proper diet and exercise. Excess fat and loose skin of the neck can simply be signs of aging; or a “family” trait.  Whatever the reason, now that we are living in the “Age of the Selfie,” more people than ever are seeking a contoured neck and defined jawline. At the Aesthetic Wellness Center we offer several ways to achieve this look, both through minimally-invasive techniques, as well as surgically, and at various price points.

If you’re not ready to face the scalpel, don’t worry! There are two non-surgical options available to remove fat under the chin. Both are quick and painless procedures which require little-to-no downtime.

Submental Fullness Treatments: How To Remove Your Double Chin

Kybella Double Chin Removal

The first minimally-invasive procedure is an injectable treatment by the makers of Botox and Juvederm (Allergan) called Kybella. Kybella is injected under the chin and works by dissolving the fat cells in the area. When the fat cells die, they do not regenerate. Typically 1-3 treatments spaced about a month apart are required.  But once a patient reaches his or her desired goal he/sheshould not need any further treatment of the area. That’s right—you can say goodbye to your double chin FOREVER! So, what’s the catch? Although Kybella immediately starts dissolving fat cells upon injection, you won’t notice any immediate results.  The elimination process is a gradual one and can take 4-6 weeks to see any noticeable difference. Additionally, you can expect swelling and some bruising after each treatment that can last a week. On the plus side, recovery is easier than a more invasive procedure, such as liposuction.

Double Chin Removal with CoolMini Treatment by CoolSculpting

An alternative option when seeking a quick-fix for this stubborn fat area would be the CoolMini treatment by CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting originated as a body sculpting tool which freezes fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise. In other words, it is not a weight-loss tool but rather assists in eliminating the stubborn problem areas you can’t get rid of at the gym. CoolMini targets the double chin by freezing the fat in that area. Any down sides? CoolMini is described as mildly “uncomfortable” when initially attached; however, this soon subsides once the area becomes numb from the cold. A single session takes just 35 minutes and after you can expect redness and sensitivity that lasts about 30 minutes. Similar to Kybella, results will take anywhere from 60-90 days and may require multiple treatments depending on your desired result. CoolSculpting data shows that patients can expect to see 20-25% reduction of fat in the treatment area.

In terms of cost, both Kybella and CoolMini cost about $1500 per treatment—a small price to pay for permanent results!

Radio Frequency Treatments For Double Chin Removal

While the less invasive treatments are a great option, they do tend to work better for younger patients as their skin has more elasticity. Patients with more mature skin (typically age 40 and up), may look to radiofrequency treatments (RF) instead. The Aesthetic Wellness Center offers the revolutionary minimally invasive Face and NeckTite treatment that approaches face/neck lifting results without surgery. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and requires about a week of recovery time. This RF treatment tightens jowls/neck skin and is considered to be the closest option to a neck lift without the incisions or sutures. Face/NeckTite results last for three to five years with a price point approximately $7,000.  It is about half the price and lasts half as long as a lower face and neck lift with half the recovery.

Lower Facelift With a Necklift for Double Chin Removal

Finally, for those patients who are looking for immediate, long-lasting results and have some downtime for recovery, our surgical procedures might be better suited for you. Cosmetic surgery is a big commitment but the results are outstanding and can easily make you look ten to fifteen years younger. All surgeries are performed by our double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, Min S. Ahn MD, FACS, medical director of the Aesthetic Wellness Center. If surgery is something you are serious about, we recommend calling our office to speak with one of our Patient Advisors.   After reviewing your goals, collecting your medical and surgical history, and discussing different procedure options for you, they will schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Ahn.  The cost of a lower facelift with a necklift ranges in price between $15,000 to $25,000.

Remove Your Double Chin

If like so many others the double chin is an issue for you, rest assured you are in great hands at the AWC. We are experts on cosmetic rejuvenation of the face and neck. We will work with you to find the best treatment option for your individual needs, resulting in the enhancement and rejuvenation of your already natural beauty. Your experience with us will leave you confidently flaunting that perfectly contoured jawline!