Our Blog

portrait of a woman looking to her right showing her shin

Ways to Correct a Double Chin

In this era of social media selfies and video chats, you might have started to notice a pocket of unwanted fat accumulating under your chin. This double chin, also known as submental fat, can be a frustrating cosmetic concern to live with.

A double chin can make you look older or heavier than you are by obscuring the distinction between your jawline and neck. Even worse, unwanted fat in this area is often hereditary and doesn’t respond well to diet and exercise. Therefore, you could still be dealing with this issue even if you maintain your goal body weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. What can you do to address a double chin?

Neck and Chin Liposuction

You might already know about the benefits of liposuction for removing unwelcome fat, but perhaps you didn’t realize how successful it can be at addressing a double chin. In performing neck and chin liposuction, Dr. Desman makes small incisions under your chin or behind your ear, through which he inserts a thin tube called a cannula.

This surgery can transform the contours of your chin and jawline and might also provide some skin-tightening benefits as a bonus. However, as with all surgeries, there are some risks associated with anesthesia. You will need to take some time away from work and any strenuous exercise while you heal. The procedure will leave you with some minor scars, but they will be tiny and will heal so discreetly that they’ll essentially be invisible.

Kybella® Injections

If your chin, neck, and jawline are adversely impacting your self-esteem, but you do not want to commit to a more invasive procedure like liposuction, you may be well-qualified to get non-surgical Kybella treatments. Kybella is a first-of-its-kind cosmetic injectable that permanently dissolves fat cells under the chin and along the jawline.

Kybella received FDA approval in 2015 after passing a rigorous series of trials to ensure its safety and efficacy. The product consists of a lab-created form of deoxycholic acid, a substance your body’s digestive tract naturally produces to help break down the dietary fat you consume. When introduced into the submental fat layer beneath your chin, the acid in Kybella goes to work killing fat cells through a process called lysis. In the weeks that follow, your lymphatic, immune, and circulatory systems will naturally and permanently break down and dispose of the cellular waste – all with no need for incisions, stitches, or recovery downtime.

Quick in-office Kybella injections also prevent the area under your chin from storing or accumulating fat in the future. So, you can expect to enjoy a slimmer, more contoured jawline, chin, and neck profile long after you achieve your goal appearance.

It’s essential to note that the ideal Kybella candidates have a genetic tendency to accumulate submental fat. Kybella injections will be less effective if your double chin is a result of weight gain. Younger patients with more skin elasticity are also good candidates for this procedure.

Say Goodbye to Your Double Chin

To learn more about these surgical and non-surgical ways to correct a double chin and improve your self-confidence, please contact us at Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Eric Desman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been serving his patients in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., for more than two decades. During your consultation, he’ll suggest the ideal solution for your aesthetic goals after evaluating you and asking you questions about what you hope to achieve.

Contact us today to get started. We look forward to hearing from you soon!