When it comes to looking and feeling your best, there’s nothing quite like a double chin that can deflate your confidence. Caused by excess fat in the submental region—also known as the area underneath your chin—there are plenty of reasons why some people develop a double chin, including genetic reasons, weight gain, aging, or a loss of elasticity. For some people, diet and exercise can help reduce the appearance of a double chin but, unfortunately, that isn’t a quick or effective solution for everyone.
If you’re struggling with the appearance of a double chin, here are a few recommended treatments that can reduce—or even eliminate—your double chin while defining your jawline and contributing to a more youthful appearance, all with minimal downtime.
Kybella is an FDA-approved nonsurgical injectable treatment that is designed to reduce the appearance of a double chin. A synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that your body uses to digest fat, Kybella targets the fat cells under your chin, and the treatment itself is very simple.
The process uses a series of deoxycholic acid injections that destroy the fat cells in the submental region, eliminating the cells’ ability to store or accumulate fat. Visible results can be achieved in as little as two to four treatments spaced a month apart, making Kybella a wonderful option for anyone who isn’t quite ready to consider a more invasive fat-reduction procedure like liposuction.
“As a nonsurgical procedure, there is little preparation required for Kybella,” explains Dr. Gerald Ginsberg, Tribeca MedSpa’s Medical Director. “During our Kybella consultation, we tailor the treatment plan and manage the client’s expectation as swelling is to be expected for a few weeks which will happen less often, with subsequent treatment sessions. With turtleneck and scarf season approaching, and remote offices, many of our clients are opting to get Kybella now.”
PDO Thread Lifts
Another fantastic treatment that can help reduce the appearance of a double chin is PDO (Polydiaxanone) Thread Lifts. A minimally-invasive procedure, thread lifts offer a subtle but visible improvement in skin laxity that produces instant results with little downtime.
Using fully absorbable, FDA-approved surgical threads, the threads used for a thread lift have small tags on them that help latch onto superficial skin tissues. When the thread is pulled up, the skin and fat are pulled up to lift and tighten the treated areas, resulting in a subtle, natural-looking lift.
Along with immediate visible results, a thread lift also creates textural improvements in the skin . Microcirculation, fibroblasts, and collagen are all stimulated at a cellular level during the procedure, meaning maximum results will peak at around 4-6 months post-procedure—and can last up to 18 months.
Even better? Thread lifts can be used to address not only the submental area, but they can also treat sagging jowls and a wrinkling neck. When combined with other procedures like Ultherapy, dermal fillers, and neuromodulators, you can experience natural, immediate results that are catered specifically to your unique beauty goals.
“Jawline enhancement is very popular now with both men and women,” Lindsey Burk, a Physician Assistant at Tribeca MedSpa, explains. “I often combine the PDO Thread Lift treatment with dermal filler to create a dramatic slimming effect to the facial jawline contours.”
CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is another procedure that can be used to reduce the appearance of a double chin. An FDA-approved non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting involves using a device that cools fat cells in targeted areas to a temperature that destroys the cells, all while leaving your skin and other tissues unharmed.
There’s no downtime involved in the process, and the risks are minimal. Results are seen after a few weeks as your body clears out the dead fat cells, and the final effects are typically revealed within three months.
“While CoolSculpting can address pinchable fat in the abdomen, “love handles,” thighs, upper arms, “bra fat,” back fat, and the “banana roll” underneath your butt,” says Merve Aykanat, a Medical Aesthetician at Tribeca, “my clients also experience amazing transformations with the mini application frame designed specifically for the submental area.”
WarmSculpting by Sculpsure
Like CoolSculpting, WarmSculpting by SculpSure is another FDA-approved non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option that can be used to reduce the appearance of a double chin. This process permanently destroys up to 24% of the fat cells in the area treated—all without surgery, anesthesia, or downtime.
Unlike Coolsculpting, clients looking to see results with WarmSculpting don’t need to have pinchable fat. This makes it an ideal treatment option for men and women who are eating well, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle but are still struggling with stubborn areas of fat.
Plus, this procedure offers additional benefits. During the treatment, WarmSculpting’s light-based technology heats the skin’s surface in a way that increases the production of collagen, meaning it can help tighten the area treated while providing targeted fat reduction.
WarmSculpting results are permanent, and clients choosing to receive this treatment can expect to see changes in their body within a few weeks of the procedure with the final results revealed in three months.
The Bottom Line
If you’re struggling with the appearance of a stubborn double chin, book a complimentary consultation today. One of our expert medical providers can help you determine which treatment options will be most effective for your unique skin care and aesthetic goals, and we’ll create the best possible custom treatment plan so you can get the phenomenal results you deserve.
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