Did you know that a double chin is actually a problem with the neck, not the chin? Extra fat is stored in the upper neck area (the “sub-mental” area), which then appears to the eye as a double chin.
Wherever the fat comes from, if you’ve got a double chin, you might be embarrassed by it and might feel hopeless about fixing it. This is understandable, as the neck and chin are difficult body parts to slim down through exercise! For some people, fat under the chin disappears with regular diet and body conditioning. For others, the stubborn pocket of fat lingers, which can lead to a poor body image and low self-esteem. To make matters worse, the trait is often hereditary.
So what can you do to ditch the double chin if diet and exercise aren’t cutting it?
You might consider neck and chin liposuction. It’s a quick procedure that can have a dramatic effect on your appearance. A double chin is often associated with a "baby face", and many patients feel they look much more refined and mature after their procedure. It’s a quick and effective operation that could have a huge impact on how you look and feel about yourself.
So what makes someone a good candidate for neck liposuction?
Ideal candidates for neck liposuction possess the following traits:
- General good health and weight
- Good skin tone, health and elasticity
- Under 40. Patients over 40 may require an additional procedure such as a sub-mental platysmaplasty or a full neck lift. In the former the wide muscle that blankets your neck, the platysma, is also tightened. In the later, additionally some neck skin may be removed with an incision principally behind your ear.
Because neck liposuction is a quick procedure that only affects one small area, patients can get back to normal life in a just over a week. Downtime and discomfort is usually minimal.
Are there other options for a double chin?
Depending on your age, skin condition, and facial features, your surgeon may also recommend a chin implant, sub-mental platysmaplasty or a full neck lift to improve your results.
If you think neck liposuction or any of the procedures mentioned here might be the answer to your double chin problems, contact facial plastic surgery expert Dr. Stuart Bentkover for a consultation at his Stoneham or Worcester, MA offices.