A double chin often referred to as submental fullness by medical professionals is an undesirable condition that many people are concerned about. A double chin occurs when there is excess fat volume under the chin and neck area which gathers around the neck sagging down to create a wrinkle that looks as if the individual has a secondary chin, but an ill-defined jawline can also give the appearance of a double chin.
The visual appearance of a double chin can dramatically affect confidence and it often can contribute to making those who have the condition looking older or appearing heavier than they actually are. Luckily here at The Private Clinic we have a variety of treatments available to help with this common issue and make you finally feel proud of your facial profile.
What causes a double chin?
The excess volume in this area can be made up of a number of factors including;
- Loose Skin
- Excess neck fat
- Small/weak chin
- Drooping salivary gland
- Sagging platysma muscle
And it is usually a combination of these that result in a visible double chin not just excess fat like many assume is the cause.
Double chin or submental fullness can affect both men and women. Ageing is a big cause, as we age we lose elasticity in the skin making it more likely to sag. Some people are more prone to developing submental fullness which is just down to their genetics. Weight gain can also have an effect and fat in this area is particularly difficult to remove despite exercise and dieting.
Double Chin treatment
For over 40 years, we have offered our patients the most advanced and effective cosmetic treatments, and have some of the most experienced specialists in the industry that can advise on the best treatment for a double chin.
The next step is to book a consultation to discuss your area of concern. We treat thousands of patients every year and pride ourselves on our knowledge and expertise. All of our Clinics are registered with the Care Quality Commission.
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Double Chin Treatments Available
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that can be performed on the chin/neck area to reduce the appearance of a double chin.
CoolSculpting is a fat freezing treatment otherwise known as Cryolipolysis. The procedure involves using tehnology which freezes the fat cells in the target area whilst preserving the surrounding skin and tissue. Once the treatment has taken place, your body will naturally process and remove the fat cells.
Results from CoolSculpting are gradual as it can take 4-6 months for all the targeted fat cells to be eliminated from the body but patients can expect to achieve a 20 – 25% fat reduction overall. Some patients may require more than one treatment to get the best results.
CoolSculpting requires little to no downtime and patients are often back to work and their everyday activities straight after treatment.
Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for lifting and tightening the skin under your chin.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses micro-focused ultrasound with visualisation (MFU-V) energy. The treatment works by encouraging new collagen to be produced, existing collagen is strengthen and structure to the skin is restored. Collagen already occurs naturally within the skin but as we age, it decreases. By encouraging new collagen it will help to keep the skin firm, toned and youthful in appearance.
Ultherapy treatment takes around 30 minutes to perform. There is no downtime after an Ultherapy procedure. Patients will be able to return to their normal activities straight after treatment. Some patients may experience temporary redness to the areas treated but this will settle in the hours following treatment.
The best results from Ultherapy chin treatment are seen after 3-6 months but most patients notice a distinct lifting result to the skin in the days following treatment.
Micro liposuction is a great procedure for reducing the appearance of a double chin. You will have local anaesthetic, adrenaline and salty water injected into the area to be treated; this is known as tumescent fluid.
Tumescent fluid not only numbs the area to be treated but it also causes the targeted area/s to become swollen and firm which helps separate the fat cells from the surrounding tissue. A small incision is then made and fat is removed area using microcannulas on average around 10-20ml of fat can be removed through this method which is often more than enough to reduce the appearance of a double chin or submental fullness.
You will see an instant change in the shape to your lower face after the procedure but it can take 3-4 weeks for swelling to reduce and your final results to be seen.
As fat cells have been removed, the results of this procedure are permanent however you will have to keep to your ideal weight. The downtime associated with this procedure is minimal with many patients returning to work after 48 hours and many feel able to return to their usual activities within 7 days. Your surgeon will give you the correct postoperative advice.
A neck lift or lower rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of your jawline and neck. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and incisions are made under the chin and behind the ears but will vary depending on the technique chosen.
The platysma muscle is tightened and any excess skin or fat is removed. Your incision lines are then closed.
You will have initial swelling and bruising after a necklift procedure and your final results will be best seen after 3-6 months. The results of a necklift are long lasting but this will depend on how your skin naturally ages and the treatments or products you are using to take care of it.
You will have some downtime with this procedure and we usually recommend that you take 1-2 weeks off work to fully recover. You will have swelling and bruising which will gradually fade after a few weeks.
Neck and chin areas are common problem areas. Patients who have excess fat on the neck can cause the appearance of a double chin. Vaser liposuction for the chin and neck is a great treatment option for this area which allows expert precision to help patients redefine their chin and neck area quickly. Results are often seen across the entire lower face.
Vaser liposuction is usually performed under local anaesthetic or under sedation. Small micro incisions will be made in the treatment area and a tumescent fluid will be injected inside to expand the tissue area. A small probe is then inserted into the incisions to emit ultrasonic energy which vibrates and breaks up fatty tissue in the area. A small cannula is then used in a back and forth motion to remove the fat with a gentle suction device. The incisions will then be closed, bandages are applied and a compression garment will be performed.
Vaser Lipo results are instant however you will go through a period of swelling and bruising so the final results are seen after 5-6 weeks.
The results from vaser lipo are designed to be permanent as long as you maintain your weight.
We usually advise patients to allow 2-3 weeks of overall recovery after Vaser liposuction. Many patients are able to return to their daily activities a few days after the procedure. We usually advise at least 1 week off work just to allow for any swelling and bruising to reduce.