What Are My Options for Getting Rid of the Fat Under My Chin?

Even with diet and exercise, chin and neck fat can be stubborn to remove. It can be frustrating to feel that this area of your body doesn’t match your overall image. However, excess fat around the neck and chin is due to various factors, including your genes, the position of your airway, or weight gain.

There are several options for getting rid of a double chin. You can have surgery, injections, or try targeted chin exercises, like a ceiling puck or pushing your jaw forward.

At Phi Surgery, Dr. Perry Gdalevitch offers surgical and non-surgical techniques to reduce your double chin and neck fat.

Surgical Options

If you decide to treat your double chin, you have several options . You can choose liposuction, a face and neck lift, or a combination of the two though a state-of-the-art procedure, FaceTite. Your doctor will recommend a procedure based on your health, skin elasticity, and desired outcome. 

As with any surgical option, neck and chin operations have inherent risks. Regardless of which surgery you choose, you will likely experience swelling and bruising for at least two weeks following the procedure. The main side-effects often involve a poor reaction anesthesia, but in rare cases, some patients may experience mild nerve damage or decreased skin sensitivity. Talk with your doctor to learn more before committing to surgery.

FaceTite

FaceTite is a minimally invasive non-surgical contouring procedure that not only removes excess fat from your chin and neck, but also firms the skin to give you a youthful facial profile. 

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and uses a specially patented machine that emits a gentle radio frequency to melt fat deposits and stimulate collagen production. The dissolved fat is removed via a fine gauge cannula attached to the FaceTite wand. The process requires minimal downtime and no visible scarring. 

FaceTite is recommended for clients who may not yet need a full facelift, but still want a beautifully sculpted chin and neck. 

Liposuction

To shape and contour your chin, your plastic surgeon performs chin liposuction using a local anesthetic. 

You’ll need to be at a healthy and stable weight with good quality skin and ample elasticity for this surgery. People suffering from serious medical problems should wait until they are fit enough to schedule liposuction. As long as you maintain your weight, the effects of liposuction are often permanent.

Liposuction is a relatively simple procedure. Before your procedure, your doctor will mark the areas they will remove fat from. Next, they will clean your chin and apply the local anesthesia.

Once you are numb, they will make small incisions in your chin and insert a small tube called a cannula to suction out small amounts of fat. Often, they will move the cannula in a sideways motion to ensure even removal of fat.

Once they’ve removed the targeted fat, your doctor will stitch your incisions. Usually, you will receive a compression garment to support your skin until it heals.

You can take OTC medication to help with the discomfort for the first few days. Your skin will usually heal within a week. However, swelling can last up to four to six weeks, during which you will need to wear your compression garment.

Facelift

Depending on your desired results and face shape, your doctor might recommend a facelift instead of liposuction. Dr. Perry Gdalevitch, a Montreal facelift surgeon , is board-certified in this delicate surgery. Facelifts consist of three sections – the upper face (brow), midface (cheek area), and lower face (neck).

If you only want to get rid of your double chin, your doctor will recommend focusing on the lower face. At Phi Surgery , we now also offer fat grafting in combination with your facelift. If you have deflated areas of your face, Dr. Perry can inject the excess fat from your chin to restore the deflated areas to create a firm, youthful appearance.

Your neck lift will improve your chin and neck outline by removing excess skin and excess fat. Because a facelift is a slightly more complicated surgery than liposuction, it takes around two to three months for the final results to show.

After your consultation, your doctor will determine the best way to proceed with the operation. Usually, a patient will receive local anesthetic with sedation, but will sometimes require general anesthesia. After you are asleep, your doctor will remove the top layer of your cheek and neck skin. They will perform the facelift on the underlying face and neck muscles. After removing excess skin, your doctor will replace the top layer of skin.

You will notice bruising and swelling for around two weeks after the procedure. Sleeping in a semi-sitting position can help to reduce the swelling. After one week, your doctor will remove your stitches and you can resume normal daily activities.

Your doctor will provide you with a compression garment that you’ll need to wear as much as possible. Your aftercare instructions will include information about how and when to wear the garment.

Patients are often concerned about scarring after a facelift. Usually, scarring appears behind the ear and along your hairline, which is not noticeable and can be easily disguised if necessary.

Non-Surgical Options

If you don’t want to have surgery or suffer from medical issues that make surgery dangerous, consider Belkyra (Kybella ), which your doctor will administer as an injection.

Kybella uses a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid to melt fat cells . Naturally occurring deoxycholic acid breaks down fat in the digestive tract. This synthetic version does the same thing, except in targeted areas. Although the process can take several months, it’s less invasive than surgery.

Each session involves multiple injections and you may need to schedule three to five sessions for full effect. If you are at a stable weight but looking to get rid of your submental fat pocket (double chin), have good skin tone, and don’t have time for surgery, Kybella might be the right choice for you.

Possible side effects of Kybella include bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness, but they usually dissipate within two to three days.

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If you want to get rid of your double chin, contact us to learn more about your options. Phi Surgery can help you bring your inner beauty to the outside and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.