Getting rid of a double-chin without surgery

As we age it is natural for our skin to sag in certain areas. One of the areas that people complain about is their sagging skin under their chin, also called a double chin or in medical terms – “submental fullness”. A recent study by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery suggests that up to 68% of people are dissatisfied with their double-chins. Unfortunately, double-chins are caused by a variety factors which include weight gain, anatomy, airway positioning and heredity. Double-chin affects both men and women equally giving the face a rounder, heavier, and less youthful appearance.

There are a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures that are available to correct the double-chin. Surgically, liposuction, face-lifts and neck-lifts are the most common procedures used.

Liposuction is a procedure that involves making a small incision in the neck, where a tube can be inserted, and the fat sucked out. This is a procedure which is minimally invasive, with little to no downtime however, it can leave the skin under the neck droopy.

Face-lifts allow the surgeon to remove any loose saggy skin and fat around the chin and neck which eliminates the double chin. This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia but will have several days of downtime and there is usually some scarring

Neck-lifts involve the removal of extra skin and tightening of neck muscles to improve the contours of the neck and chin. Neck-lifts are often combined with face-lifts and patients will typically feel tightness around the neck and chin post-surgery. This procedure is also done under general anesthesia and like a facelift, clients can expect several days of downtime and some scarring.