What can be Done About Double or Triple Chins?

As we age and with weight gain, the skin beneath the chin and on the neck can sometimes stretch out. The excess fat and skin can result in the dreaded double – or triple – chin. If you have tried diet, exercise and even facial creams with no luck, you may be wondering what types of surgeries exist to get rid of double or triple chins.

Luckily, with today’s technology, there are a variety of options available for people looking to remove excess skin or fat around their neck. Below are different treatment options available to treat double or triple chins, along with a description of the types of patients that benefit the most from each procedure.

Chin Liposuction
Chin liposuction removes excess fat from beneath the skin, sculpting the chin and neck contour. Chin liposuction is performed with the same device as body liposuction: a small tube called a cannula. After making very small incisions, the surgeon inserts the cannula into the neck area, which sucks out any excess fat. The procedure typically only requires local anesthetic to numb the treated area.

Chin liposuction is great for patients of all ages but works best if skin in the surrounding area isn’t sagging or stretched out due to aging. If skin is stretched out, there may still be the appearance of excess skin in the treated area even after liposuction.

Facelift
A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as skin sagging, jowls developing in the cheeks and jaw, and overall loose or excess skin. During the procedure, the skin is gently lifted as the surgeon repositions and tightens underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. The result is a subtly softer, more youthful appearance. Since excess skin and fat will be sculpted from the neck area, you’ll not only be left with a more youthful face, but also a slimmer, more streamlined neck.

A facelift is great for those looking to rejuvenate their entire face, as opposed to the neck area. The procedure is most successful on those who have just started to notice visible signs of aging and facial folds.

Neck Lift
A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. Patients usually seek this procedure out when they have excess wrinkling or skin around the neck or a double chin that losing weight will not eliminate.

This procedure works well for someone who is only interested in smoothing out their neck, but has enough excess or stretched out skin that liposuction alone will not give them the results they desire.

Facelift
A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as skin sagging, jowls developing in the cheeks and jaw, and overall loose or excess skin. During the procedure, the skin is gently lifted as the surgeon repositions and tightens underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. The result is a subtly softer, more youthful appearance.

Neck Lift
A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. Patients usually seek this procedure out when they have excess wrinkling or skin around the neck or a double chin that losing weight will not eliminate.

Kybella
Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once a patient reaches their desired aesthetic goal. Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your surgeon will help determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals.

Kybella is great for those looking for a noninvasive way to eliminate their double or triple chin. Although the treatment usually takes time for desired results, it is a quick and easy alternative to surgery.