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How to Get Rid of a Double Chin

Published on August 21, 2019
Young brown-haired woman touching chin tenderly.    

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Wrinkles and fine lines aren’t the only signs of aging that you need to worry about. In some cases, it could be having a double chin, which consists of excess submental fat deposits located on top of the platysma muscle and subcutaneous fat directly under the platysma. Many people believe that double chins are only a result of excessive weight gain, but that’s not always the case. Most of the time, genetics are to blame for the depositing of these fat cells in your chin and neck area. Luckily, there’s something you can do about it. Getting a double chin reduction, which is also sometimes referred to as a lower facelift, can help improve the appearance of your neck and chin and result in a smoother and leaner look.

Options for Double Chin reduction

There are a number of viable options for treating and eliminating the dreaded double chin. Weight loss is the most obvious one, but it’s not always effective for people who are genetically predisposed to having fat deposits collect in the chin and neck area. Cosmetic and surgical options include the following:

Chin Implant

Sometimes, it’s not necessarily the quantity of fat deposits in your chin and neck area that can create the illusion of a double chin, but rather the size of your chin in relation to the fat deposits that exist there. Even if you have a normal amount of fat deposits in that area, having a small chin can create the illusion that you have a double chin.

The cosmetic solution is to get a chin implant to craft a more proportionate chin structure in relation to your other facial features and create a sturdier jawline.

Lower Facelift

The goal of a lower facelift is to remove excess fat cells from the lower half of the face, pull the skin back for tightening, and contour the face for a smooth, proportionate, and sleek neckline. For the sake of discretion, experienced facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Gantous at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery make the incisions behind the earlobe where scarring will be minimal and unnoticeable.

Neck Liposuction

Lower facelifts and neck liposuction often go hand in hand. In fact, these procedures are usually performed at the same time. Neck liposuction involves removing excess fat deposits in the chin and neck area to create a cohesive and slimmer neckline. Unfortunately, though, neck liposuction doesn’t do much to improve or reduce the look of sagging skin and that’s why most patients who undergo this procedure are in their early to mid-20s or 30s.

Wondering if double chin surgery is the right choice for you?

Dr. Andres Gantous is a double board-certified facial plastic surgery with over 20 years of experience performing various surgical and non-surgical procedures at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery. In addition to his exceptional work at our practice, he’s also regarded as one of the leading experts and innovators in the field of facial plastic surgery. If you’ve been contemplating undergoing any form of facial plastic surgery, contact us today to book your preliminary consultation!

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