How to Treat Your Submental Fullness
If you are looking for a solution to reduce the appearance of your double chin, look no further! Essential Aesthetics offers several non-surgical solutions to lessen submental fullness and give you a contoured jawline.
What Causes A Double Chin
A double chin is a layer of fat that appears directly underneath the chin. There are several different reasons someone might develop a double chin. These include:
The older we get, the more elasticity our skin loses. As our skin becomes less elastic, it starts to sag, creating the appearance of a double chin.
Although weight gain doesn’t always cause a double chin, it can definitely contribute to one. So, a diet that’s heavy on processed foods—and light on fruits and vegetables—may lead to weight gain and the dreaded double chin.
Your genes play a role in where excess fat is stored in your body. So, if your mom or dad has a double chin, you’re at greater risk of developing one yourself.
Prone to slouching? If so, you’re weakening the muscles in your neck and chin. Unfortunately, over time, your bad posture can lead to a double chin, since the skin becomes less elastic when the muscles surrounding it go unused.
What is the Solution for a Double Chin?
Fortunately, we have a treatment for double chins that is remarkably effective. It’s called Kybella. Kybella is an FDA-approved injection that uses deoxycholic acid to safely dissolve unwanted fat.
And, as amazing as that may sound, the news gets even better. Unlike many other cosmetic procedures available today, Kybella lasts for a lifetime if you maintain a healthy weight.
CoolSculpting for the Double Chin
CoolSculpting selectively freezes fat cells using a controlled cooling technique called Cryolipolysis. The CoolMini applicator is specifically designed to address small, isolated pockets of fat, making it perfect to use for the chin.
During your CoolSculpting session, the device is applied under your chin and held in place with a strap around your head. Our CoolSculpting specialist, Dr. Ellie Zarnegar, DMSc, PA, will activate the device for the cooling to begin. You will begin to feel the cold sensation, which may be uncomfortable at first, but will pass after 10 minutes into the treatment. During this time, you can relax, read, or watch a movie to pass the time. The session can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours depending on the severity of your double chin. Patients normally need more than one session to eliminate all of the unwanted fat. CoolSculpting results are permanent because of the permanent destruction of fat cells.
Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps with the breakdown and absorption of fat. When injected into the double chin, it dissolves the fat, creating a sculpted, attractive jawline that lasts.
During your Kybella session, you will receive a series of small injections beneath your chin. The number of injections you receive depends on the amount of fullness. You will feel minimal discomfort during the treatment and it normally lasts about 45 minutes. Most patients achieve desired results after a series of 3 treatments spaced out 4 to 6 weeks apart. CoolSculpting results are permanent because of the permanent destruction of fat cells.
Radiofrequency Therapy for the Double Chin
RF skin tightening and microneedling is a non-invasive body contouring combination treatment. The skin tightening portion of the treatments delivers RF heat to the area in a safe and controlled manner to stimulate collagen production and elastin fibers and melt the fat. This helps to tighten and lift the skin on the neck and jowls. The RF microneedling creates micro-wounds that trigger the production of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
During your RF treatment session, a cool gel will be applied under the chin and the device applicator will be guided over the area for 15-30 minutes. Afterward, a topical numbing is applied for 10-15 minutes to help with any discomfort of the microneedling. The microneedling handpiece will be used to create small perforation and begin the collagen regeneration process. Patients normally need 8-10 treatments spaced out in 2 to 4-week intervals.
Dermal fillers can be used to contour the jawline and the chin, reducing the appearance of your double chin. Although it doesn’t get rid of the fat that causes a double chin, fillers help your overall profile look lifted and slimmer. Unlike CoolSculpting and Kybella, this is not a permanent solution, however, it does produce quick and immediate results.
What to Expect from a Non-Surgical Double Chin Treatment
At the time of your consultation, our certified medical provider, Dr. Ellie, DMSc, PA, will map out the treatment area to thoroughly assess your chin profile and decide which treatment plan is best for you. Depending on the severity of submental fullness and skin laxity, some patients will benefit from a combination of treatments to remove the fat to shape and contour the jawline.
Reduce the Appearance of Your Double Chin Today
Essential Aesthetics makes it simple to schedule a consultation if you are interested in being examined for a double chin treatment. Our Danville location is conveniently located for residents of Livermore, Alamo, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Orinda, and the rest of the Bay Area, and we are happy to accommodate early morning and early evening appointments. To learn more or schedule an appointment call or text us at 925.855.1773 or submit your request online.
Our Danville medical spa is conveniently located just a few blocks from I-680 and offers ample free parking.