Though having a little extra “baggage” around your neck isn’t uncommon, seeing a double chin everytime you look at a mirror can be a confidence killer. You aren’t alone either—especially with the “selfie” generation. Fifty-five percent of plastic surgeons surveyed in The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual report say they are getting more patients unhappy with their double chin appearance, and many of those patients are under the age of 30.
You aren’t out of options though. There are exercises and lifestyle adjustments you can make to reduce the fat in the area. And if everything else fails, Kybella treatments may be what you need to reduce your double chin.
What causes a double chin?
“Double chin” is a catch-all term for the extra tissue below your lower jaw bone. The appearance of a double chin is the result of excess fat (submental fat), skin, or a combination of the two. There are many causes of a double chin, including:
- Age: As you age, your skin will lose its elasticity and begin to sag, which may add to the appearance of a double chin.
- Diet: Heavier people tend to also store fat around their face.
- Genetics: Your appearance and how you store fat is heavily dependent on your DNA.
How to reduce the appearance of a double chin?
Reducing the appearance of your double chin is possible—especially if the cause is submental fat. Even though it’s important to note that everyone stores or carries fat a little differently, it’s likely that a person with a larger frame will have a rounder face.
If you’re overweight, one of the best ways to get rid of your double chin is diet and exercise. Not only will that help improve your overall health, you may also appreciate the aesthetic changes in your facial appearance.
What if you’ve done everything you can, but aren’t interested in surgery like liposuction to get rid of your double chin? You still have hope. You can opt for the noninvasive Kybella treatments.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a nonsurgical alternative to getting rid of your double chin. It is the only FDA-approved treatment that targets submental fat. Kybella uses deoxycholic acid, a synthetic form of stomach acid, that helps your body burn away the fat cells.
What can you expect from Kybella treatments?
Kybella is injected directly into your double chin, and it can take up to 3 visits to the doctor’s office for desired results. For some, only 1 session is required. Like any treatment (even those approved by the FDA), there are risks involved as described in this FDA report.
However, most of these risks are from improper use or application. That’s why it’s so important to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon. At Aesthetic Surgery Center, you get just that with Dr. Michael R. Macdonald. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, California, who can walk you through the Kybella procedure clearly and in detail.
Call or book online today to schedule your Kybella consultation today.