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Help, I’ve got double chin!

Help, I’ve got double chin!

Seeking help for double chin is one of the most common reasons for clinic attendance. A recent survey has corroborated that how the area under the chin looks, does in fact matter to a sizeable group of people. This is understandably so as the double chin is an area that can be challenging to conceal. With that, those who face double chin issues, tend to feel self-conscious about themselves as a double chin disrupts the jawline and departs from the ideal of beauty.

 

For some, a double chin could be a case of a stubborn bulge despite an optimized exercise regime and diet. For others, an increasingly noticeable bulge under the chin could imply progressive age-related sagging of tissues, simply because skin laxity occurs naturally over time with the loss of collagen and moisture. A proper consultation and examination will allow the doctor to distinguish the different causes of fullness under the chin and explore appropriate treatment options with the patient.

 

For those people with an appetite for surgery, liposuction and neck lifts are some of the common surgical procedures used in the treatment of double chin. However, anaesthesia risks, long recovery periods and the potential for serious complications are reasons that deter people from choosing surgery. Moreover, with the increasing availability of safe, effective and convenient non-surgical options, more people are now turning to less invasive treatments to reduce their double chins.

 

We discuss some of the non-surgical treatment options below.

 

  1. CoolMini by Zeltiq

CoolMini is a non-invasive treatment that is suitable for stubborn fat bulges under the chin.      It effectively reduces fat cells permanently through controlled cooling. When fat cells are cooled to a certain temperature, cell death is induced and the body removes them via normal excretion.

 

  1. Thread lift

Thread lift is a minimally-invasive procedure that is suitable for double chin due to sagging skin. The insertion of threads allows for the lifting of tissues under the chin. This reduces the double chin and restores the shapeliness of the jawline. Depending on the type of threads used, some threads can also break down fats through lipolysis.

 

  1. Thermage

Thermage is a non-invasive skin-tightening treatment that delivers radiofrequency energy safely into the skin. Controlled and uniform heating occurs beneath the skin and existing collagen is remodelled alongside the production of new collagen. Saggy skin is tightened as a result, reducing the appearance of a double chin.

 

  1. Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin-tightening treatment that is suitable for double chin due to saggy skin. It delivers focused ultrasound energy deep within the skin. This brings about tightening of the skin, thus reducing the appearance of a double chin.