Fixing a Double Chin

Posted on February 6, 2023 by:

 

Are noticing a fullness under your chin that wasn’t there in the past? You may even have a double chin.

Known medically as submental adiposity, it’s not a desirable condition for most people – no matter what you call it.

Fortunately, there are many methods for fixing a double chin. Some more extreme than others.

What Causes a Double Chin?

The double chin is, unfortunately, not uncommon. It’s merely the formation of a layer of fat under your chin. There’s a lot of stress in the world right now and for some of us, that means extra weight gain. And if you lead a rather sedentary lifestyle, that can exacerbate the situation.

So when dealing with a double chin, where do you start?

Possible Changes in Diet

If you don’t have the best eating habits and you believe that your double chin is a result of weight gain, then the first approach is to lose weight. That means cutting way back on refined grains, saturated fats, sugar, and processed foods.

Start focusing on more whole grains, lean protein (such as in poultry and fish), low-fat dairy products, and healthy fats that include avocados, nuts, and olive oil.

And, of equal importance, make every effort to not exceed your daily caloric needs. For example, while fruit is a better choice than cookies, eating a lot of it brings up the calorie count quickly.

In addition to shifting to a healthy diet, you’ll also burn more calories if you’re active. Speaking of physical activity…

Are There Specific Exercises That Help?

Yes, there are exercises that you can repeat several times throughout the day to address a double chin.

One of the more popular ones is the straight jaw jut. Simply tilt your head back, look toward ceiling, and push your lower jaw forward to stretch under the chin. Hold for a count of ten and then return the head to its natural position. Repeat several times.

Another one to try is the neck stretch. Again, tilt your head back to look at the ceiling. This time, press your tongue on the roof of your mouth for 5-10 seconds, then release. Repeat several times.

There’s also a ball exercise that involves you putting a 9- to 10-inch ball under your chin then continually pressing down against the ball for as log as it feels mindful to do so.

It should be noted that there’s currently no scientific evidence that chin exercises work to fix a double chin. But there IS anecdotal evidence. So they could be worth a shot.

Fixing a Double Chin With Plastic Surgery

There are many cases where genetics or looser skin from aging cause a double chin. And no matter how much you diet or exercise, it doesn’t result in fixing a double chin.

In these instances, plastic surgery is the best go-to. Plastic surgeons have a variety of tools in their surgical tool boxes to address a double chin.

  1. Injection

The least invasive option is an injectable medication that contains deoxycholic acid. Normally produced by the body, deoxycholic acid assists with fat absorption during digestion.

By injecting this acid into submental fat under the chin, fat cells are destroyed – thus preventing fat storage in the chin area.

  1. Liposuction

With the liposuction procedure, a small incision is made under the chin to insert a tube that vacuums out the fat. The surgeon then sculpts the chin and neck contour.

  1. Neck Lift

A neck lift serves to tighten the neck muscles and/or remove extra skin. A neck lift may be recommended in tandem with liposuction if there is excess skin. Or it may be combined with a facelift to further contour the neck and chin.

  1. Facelift

Finally, with a facelift, the surgeon removes fat and sagging skin around the chin and neck. This effectively removes the double chin.

  1. Correction of Witch’s Deformity

This is a procedure to lift and tighten the droopy chin back up above the jawline by tightening the muscles of the lower lip.

Say Goodbye to Your Double Chin

If you’re embarrassed by a double chin and you’ve tried diet and exercise with no success, then contact us.

Fixing a double chin is a regular part of our surgical repertoire. So you know you’ll be in good hands.

Set up your free consultation today!

 

 

Facial Surgeries Are Trending Younger

Posted on January 23, 2023 by:

 

It may come as something of a surprise that there are popular trends in plastic surgery every year.

But just like fashion, plastic surgery is influenced by lifestyle, technology, the economy, and cultural shifts. Even if the results are much longer lasting.

Interestingly, the most popular facial surgeries are trending younger for 2023. Why is this?

More Focus on the Eyes

There is an increasing number of patients in their 40s (and even late 30s) seeking plastic surgery for sagging and drooping around the brows and eyelids.

While fillers are often used for patients in these age groups, many younger patients are resistant to the limitations that come with injections. In other words, they’re turned off by having seen too many Hollywood stars using excessive fillers or Botox and being unable to make facial expressions.

In addition, disappointed by the false promises of medi-spas and laser therapies that don’t deliver results, they’re more willing to go under the knife. There are two plastic surgery procedures that are already surging in 2023.

  1. Blepharoplasty

The umbrella medical term for eyelid lifts is blepharoplasty. Depending on a patient’s needs, a highly skilled plastic surgeon recommends either an upper eyelid lift or a lower eyelid lift. In some cases, he or she may recommend both – known as a quad blepharoplasty.

For patients with lines, wrinkles, sagging, or bags in the under-eye area, the recommendation would be a lower eyelid lift. An upper eyelid lift procedure is less involved than a lower eyelid surgery and would be recommended where there is sagging skin, excess fat, or loose muscle along the upper eyelids as opposed to the lower eyelids. In these situations, the drooping can be significant enough to block or obstruct vision to some degree – a condition known as ptosis.

The procedure for each patient depends on individual eye anatomy and the results one hopes to achieve. All three procedures deliver a dramatically more youthful appearance to the eyes. As such, blepharoplasty surgery has become one of the most commonly performed procedures.

  1. Brow Lifts

A brow lift is the removal of excess skin bunching and the possible repositioning of the skin and muscles around the brow. Each procedure is personalized to the patient’s specifications depending on hairline position, hair type, degree of lift needed, and individual facial characteristics.

The endoscopic procedure is the least invasive and involves suspending tissue rather than removing it. A coronal brow lift procedure addresses more serious sagging for those with a low hairline. Finally, a pretrichial procedure is chosen when the patient has a higher hairline.

In all cases, a brow lift tightens loose skin of the forehead, reduces wrinkling, and raises drooping brows. In some cases, part of the muscle that’s responsible for frown lines between the brows is removed or trimmed.

The Facelift as Maintenance

At one time, the facelift was a procedure performed exclusively on the wealthy and well-over-50 crowd. There’s a noticeable shift these days though.

Sure, the facelift remains popular among its early adopters. But like the surgeries around the eyes, the facelift is also gaining traction among patients in their early 40s. Of course, the procedure for this group is altered. Excess skin is removed, but there’s not as much of it. The same goes for tightening the muscles in the neck and underneath the jawline.

Because there is less work to be done, the process is faster. So too is the healing. A facelift on a younger person may also involve injecting the cheeks with the patient’s own fat. This balances the lift so there’s a more three-dimensional result rather than a flattened appearance.

Younger patients recognize that a facelift is still an involved procedure. For them, it’s more like the sort of preventative maintenance you might do on your car. The facelift is part of a future program. By doing it this way, they’ll have less maintenance (and expense) when they get older.

Facial Surgeries Are Trending Younger

Given the above information, it makes sense that facial surgeries are trending younger. But it’s not just for them.

Whether you’re in your early 40s or beyond, plastic surgery can certainly restore your confidence in 2023. If you’re curious about how a facial surgery could benefit you this year, contact us today.

We look forward to hearing from you.