A coveted beauty standard, especially in Asia, is to achieve a more V-shaped face. A V-line visage gives a more youthful, feminine and slim appearance. One of the problems that stands in the way of a sculpted jawline is a double chin. Forget temporary and ineffective measures like contouring makeup and “slimming” cream. We ask facial contouring expert Dr Chia Hui Ling, Plastic Surgeon from SW1 Plastic Surgery Clinic, which are the sure-fire and lasting ways to slim a double chin.
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The double chin is medically referred to as “submental fat”. The best way to remove fat for good, is still to suck it out in the form of double chin liposuction. Dr Chia’s preferred method for liposuction is Vaser Liposelection. Vaser’s ultrasonic technology, which emulsifies fat for more efficient removal, tightens skin at the same time, giving a more sculpted underchin contour.
There are limitations. Liposuction removes superficial fat under the chin, which is the culprit for the bulk most of the time. For some people, the double chin are mostly deep fat that lies under the neck muscle. “Deep neck fat, also known as subplatysmal fat, is removed by surgical excision, not liposuction,” explains Dr Chia. If your double chin is made up of a lot of loose skin, rather than fat, then a skin tightening procedure like a neck lift will give a better result. It is highly recommended that you consult an experienced plastic surgeon who will assess you accurately, before customising a safe and effective treatment for you.
Now this is a dream come true for many. A fat-melting injection. Lipodissolve, or Kybella, contains phosphatidylcholine (PC) and deoxycholic acid (DA), both fat-dissolving agents. Kybella is FDA-approved and proven to treat the double chin. The recommended treatment routine is 6 sessions, 1 month apart, although many will find an improvement within 2 – 4 sessions. Lipodissolve is often paired with a skin tightening procedures like Ulthera, Profound Contour Lift or Infinity Neck Lift, to give the jawline a better contour after the fat is dissolved.
Profound Contour Lift is another form of fat-melting injection, that uses microneedles to deliver radiofrequency into the submental fat. On top of fat busting, the same RF energy treats and tightens the overlying skin by creating more elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid. This synergistic effect makes the Profound Contour Lift one of the most popular non-surgical treatment for the double chin.
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If loose chin and neck skin is the cause of your double chin or turkey neck, a lifting procedure to reverse the hanging skin is probably your best bet. Mild loose skin can be treated with neck thread lifts, where threads are inserted, non-surgically, to pull the skin taut. At SW1 Clinic, the combo of Lipodissolve and the Infinity Neck Lift is rated their most popular non-surgical double chin treatment.
In advanced neck aging, where there is more severe loose skin and muscle, a surgical neck lift is recommended. “The [neck lift] surgery is a multi-tasking procedure,” added Dr Chia “where the surgeon will remove loose skin, tighten neck muscles, excise submental fat and recontour the jawline.”
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