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What is Submental Fullness? Causes and Treatment of Double Chin

Double chin can be something you’ve dealt with your whole life or could have been recently developed. Regardless of the underlying reasons, it may impact your self-esteem, prompting you to seek treatments aimed at reducing or eliminating the excess fat in the submental area.

What is Submental Fullness (SMF)?

Submental fullness refers to the accumulation of excess fat beneath the chin, commonly known as a “double chin.” It is characterized by a visible layer of fat tissue that can give the appearance of a less defined jawline and neck contour.

Submental fullness can occur due to various factors such as genetics, aging, weight gain, and lifestyle choices. Hereditary factors can predispose individuals to accumulate fat under the chin, regardless of their body weight or lifestyle. Aging can also cause the skin to gradually lose elasticity, and the muscles in the neck area may weaken. Excess weight gain, poor posture and hormonal factors can also lead to double chin condition.

“Double Chin” Treatment Options

Evaluation and Consultation

A comprehensive physical examination of the chin and neck area will be conducted to assess the extent of submental fullness. The healthcare provider, the plastic surgeon or the medical esthetics professional will evaluate the distribution of fat, skin laxity, muscle tone, and overall neck contour to determine the most suitable treatment approach.

Beyond physical examination, the cosmetic surgeon will also assess the patient’s aesthetic goals, expectations, and preferences regarding treatment outcomes. This dialogue is crucial for establishing realistic expectations and developing a personalized treatment plan tailored to the individual needs.

Non-surgical Treatments of Submental Fullness

Injectable Treatments – Belkyra (Kybella)

Belkyra, is a treatment designed to reduce the appearance of a double chin by dissolving fat cells beneath the chin area. Using a series of injections, Belkyra™ targets and breaks down the fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated by the body over time. This results in a more defined jawline and a slimmer, more sculpted appearance to the chin and neck area. The active ingredient of Belkyra is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring bile acid. With Belkyra™, you can achieve a more contoured and confident profile without the need for surgery or extensive downtime. Your provider will help you determine how many treatments will likely be needed for you to achieve a great result. 

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Double Chin

Chin Liposuction

This liposuction procedure is commonly performed to improve the contour of the neck and jawline, reduce the appearance of a double chin, and create a more defined and youthful profile. Small incisions, typically less than half an inch in length, are made in inconspicuous locations. These incisions allow the surgeon to access the targeted fat deposits with minimal scarring.

The results of chin liposuction become gradually apparent as swelling subsides and the tissues settle into their new position. While initial improvements are noticeable soon after surgery, it may take several weeks to months for the full benefits to become evident. With proper care and maintenance, the results of chin liposuction can be long-lasting.

Neck Lift Surgery

A neck lift, also known as lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the neck by addressing sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity. It is typically performed to create a more youthful and defined neck contour. 

Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will access the underlying neck tissues, including the muscles, fat, and skin. Depending on the patient’s needs, the surgeon may perform various techniques such as:

  • Liposuction to remove excess fat.
  • Platysmaplasty to tighten the neck muscles (platysma).
  • Excision of excess skin.
  • Redraping and tightening of the remaining skin for a smoother and firmer appearance.

Consult with Our Professionals in Barrie

At Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery we offer surgical and non-surgical procedures to treat submental fullness and achieve an enhanced neck contour. 

Request a personalized consultation to explore which double chin treatment is right for you.