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When it comes to our appearance, one area that often attracts attention is the chin and jawline. As we age, the submental area right under the chin can often accrue fat cells, leading to the unwanted appearance of a double chin. The double chin, also known as submental fullness, is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, diet, weight gain and can be a frustrating when it comes to the cosmetic appearance of your jawline and neck. In the past, removal of these excess fat cells was only accomplished through liposuction, a surgical procedure that requires significant downtime following the treatment. Luckily, there are now non-surgical options available to effectively remove this extra fat and contour the jawline, without any recovery time.

According to a study conducted by Allergan cosmetics, over two thirds of adults in the United States are frustrated by the appearance of submental fullness or double chin. Submental fat and neck fat in general can be difficult to treat through diet and exercise alone. With the advent of Kybella injections to dissolve the double chin fat cells and CoolSculpting technology, with the Cool-mini applicator, there are effective, safe, and non-invasive methods to permanently remove the fat cells in your double chin. The accessibility of these non-surgical fat reduction and body contouring treatments is a major draw and can be employed to remove excess fat not only from the chin and neck area, but the stomach, knees, love handles, and bra fat, among other areas of the body.

If you would like to permanently treat the fat cells in the double chin or any other area of the body, cosmetic board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City is here to help. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists in NYC to incorporate CoolSculpting  and Kybella injections for in her patients in her boutique Upper East Side Manhattan practice, to remove the double chin. As a leader in noninvasive cosmetic technology, Dr. Green specializes in nonsurgical body contouring cosmetic treatments with no downtime. If you are bothered by excess fat bulges, CoolSculpting and Kybella injections are two of the most popular cosmetic procedures, to permanently remove these fat cells safely and effectively.

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CoolMini under chin area: 4 months

What causes a double chin?

A double chin is most commonly defined by excess fat in the neck area directly beneath the chin. Though it’s commonly associated with weight gain, submental fullness can occur regardless of changes in weight, and is also frequently caused by genetics or the natural aging process, which can often lead to loose skin or jowls along the jawline and neck. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in our bodies, and this is particularly noticeable in the delicate neck area. In general, a double chin is created by accumulated fat under the chin which can be exaggerated by sagging or loose skin around the neck and jowls.

Though a double chin can be caused by fluctuations in weight, it is also a natural part of the aging process and, unfortunately, submental fullness is difficult to target through just changes in diet and exercise. For this reason, several non-invasive cosmetic procedures have been developed to help patients contour the neck and jawline, reducing the appearance of a double chin.

How to get rid of fat under the chin without surgery

Previously, the only option to eliminate submental fullness was via facial plastic surgery, liposuction, or a surgical neck-lift. Many patients have a fear of “going under the knife” and for good reason: surgical procedures have a much higher risk of significant side effects and a longer, more painful recovery period. These hesitations kept many from wanting to undergo neck fat-reduction procedures. Luckily, however, within the last fifteen years, non-invasive, non-surgical procedures for the elimination of fullness under the chin have become available, most notably Kybella and CoolSculpting. These procedures are safe and effective and require minimal to no downtime following the treatment. They are a permanent, accessible solution to persistent fat under the chin and provide patients with the contoured results they are looking for. In fact, more than 20 studies have shown that as many as 70 percent of Kybella patients are more satisfied physically and mentally following the treatment process. Both Kybella and CoolSculpting are available at Dr. Green’s New York City dermatology office.

How to get rid of chin fat with CoolSculpting

When it comes to reducing submental fullness, CoolSculpting is one of the most popular chin fat reduction treatments around. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, innovative tool that is able to eliminate stubborn fat through the process of cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis is a process of fat freezing that was originally discovered by two Harvard University researchers who noticed that kids who consumed a large amount of popsicles would lose fat cells in their cheeks. The technology relies on the higher freezing temperature of fat cells in order to eliminate fat cells while leaving the surrounding cells unharmed.

Through a CoolSculpting applicator, patients are able to eliminate fat cells in targeted treatment areas of unwanted fat without the need for downtime or invasive procedures. Additionally, the results of CoolSculpting are entirely permanent, as the fat cells are frozen and removed through the body’s natural metabolic processes. When it comes to submental fat, the CoolMini is an excellent CoolSculpting applicator that can eliminate excess fat beneath the jawline.

What is the procedure for CoolSculpting treatment?

CoolSculpting treatment sessions are simple and convenient. Typically, for the CoolMini, the applicator will be applied for about 45 minutes, and patients tend to feel an initial cooling sensation on the surface of the skin (as if the skin were exposed on a winter’s day) that subsides after a few minutes. After treatment, patients can return to their normal daily activity. The majority of patients see results as early as a few weeks after treatment, with improved results that continue up until four months post-treatment. Side effects to CoolSculpting are generally mild and include redness or tenderness of the skin. Its non-invasive nature and permanent success mark CoolSculpting as one of the most innovative body contouring technologies of modern dermatology.

What is Kybella?

For both patients who have a large amount of submental fullness and those who have a more mild bulge of unwanted fat, Kybella treatment or combination treatment may be right for you. Following its FDA approval in 2015, Kybella became the first, and only, injectable fat reduction treatment. Specifically designed to target small pockets of excess fat, the non-invasive procedure is a permanent solution to eliminate a double chin and provide a slimmer look to the jawline. Through Kybella injectable treatment, Dr. Green is able to carefully contour the jawline and remove excess fat that is the primary cause of submental fullness. Kybella has proven to be highly effective for a wide variety of patients who are seeking subtle contouring of the jawline and neck area. It’s a highly effective alternative to plastic surgery options like chin liposuction or neck lifts that frequently require general anesthesia and ample recovery time.

How does Kybella get rid of fat?

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that is designed to eliminate fat cells through the use of the active ingredient deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to absorb and break down dietary fat. When the synthetic form of deoxycholic acid present in Kybella is injected into the treatment area, it dissolves the membrane of the fat cells in that area. Following the dissolution of the membrane, the body is able to metabolize the cell and flush them thereby removing them permanently from the body. Studies have demonstrated that 68.2% of patients who receive Kybella experience a significant decrease in fat cells in the submental area while 80% of patients report feeling happier following the treatment.

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What is the procedure for Kybella treatment?

Kybella treatment is typically delivered over the course of two or three sessions spaced about a month apart. The process itself takes about fifteen minutes in total, though most patients opt for the application of a topical numbing cream beforehand in order to prevent any potential discomfort. Immediately after the injections, an ice pack is applied to the treatment area, and patients can resume normal activity after treatment, though its best to keep the head elevated overnight to avoid increased swelling at the injection site.

Like CoolSculpting, results for Kybella will continue to improve over the next several weeks after treatment, and the fat reduction is permanent. Side effects typically include swelling at the injection site which should dissipate after a few days. In rare cases, patients can experience nerve injury in the jaw, however more serious side effects are more common with inexperienced injectors. Dr. Green is an expert in cosmetic injectable treatments, and the safety and satisfaction of each of her patients is her top priority.

Does Kybella remove chin fat permanently?

Yes! Kybella is a permanent solution for the elimination of chin fat and contouring the jawline. The treatment requires two to four sessions space four to six weeks a part for optimal results, but afterwards, the effects are extremely long lasting. The deoxycholic acid in the injectable solution permanently destroys fat cells, and, unless the patient gains a significant amount of weight following the procedure, they will not reform. It is important to note, however, that Kybella is not a weight loss treatment so it is best for patients who are at or with twenty pounds of their target weight. Fat cells can form in the area again if the patient gains weight following the treatment.

How to get rid of a double chin with cosmetic surgery

For patients who are interested, there are surgical options for the removal of chin fat, which include liposuction, a surgical neck-lift, and a surgical face-lift. These types of fat-reduction procedures can be performed by a plastic surgeon and require significant recovery time and a higher risk of side effects. Liposuction is performed by making a small cut in the treatment area and inserting a metal rod, called a cannula, which sucks up the fat in the area. Liposuction is effective in eliminating fat cells but will not address any increased skin laxity that may occur following the treatment. There are two prominent kinds of neck lifts that can be performed to address signs of the natural aging process on the neck: cervicoplasty, which is when excess skin is removed to address skin laxity, and platysmaplasty, which contours the jawline by tightening the muscles in the chin. Neck-lifts can also be combined with face-lifts, which involve removing the fat and lax skin around the face, jawline, and neck. Following these treatments, most patients require 10-14 days of downtime in order to recover from the surgical procedures.

How does Chin Liposuction work?

When it comes to more invasive methods to reduce submental fullness, patients may turn to procedures conducted by plastic surgeons, including neck liposuction, neck lift surgery, submentoplasty, or a combination of the above. In the case of chin or neck liposuction, excess fat is removed via a small incision and the insertion of a blunt cannula, through which fat is removed via suction. Neck or chin liposuction can be done via general or local anesthesia, with a recovery time lasting at least two weeks.

Chin liposuction is an effective treatment that typically has successful results, but the ample downtime and surgery risks associated often dissuade patients from this procedure. Non-invasive fat reduction has become one of the most popular treatments for double chin, as there is no downtime required, the fat cells are naturally metabolized and eliminated, and the results are permanent.

How to remove jawline fat without Liposuction

Fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting and Kybella can be combined in a patient’s treatment plan in order to eliminate a large amount of unwanted fat in the submental area. Often, patients will rely on a combination of CoolSculpting, Kybella, and Thermage in order to rejuvenate the neck area and eliminate the appearance of a double chin. These procedures can also be combined with other injectable treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox, in order to create a stunning, non-invasive facelift.

When it comes to non-invasive fat removal techniques, it’s important to note that these cosmetic procedures are not intended to be a replacement for weight loss or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Patients who engage with treatments such as CoolSculpting and Kybella should maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise, and should be within thirty pounds of their ideal weight.

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CoolMini for chin area: 4 months before and after

How much does chin fat removal cost?

The answer to how much is chin fat removal varies somewhat depending on the amount of fat being treated, as well as the individual needs and aesthetic desires of each patient. For patients who opt for CoolSculpting treatment, sessions range in cost from $1,000-2,000, depending if the treatment area needs to be performed on both sides of the neck, and generally patients require 1-2 treatment sessions for optimal results. When it comes to Kybella treatment, the cost is approximately $1500 per session, depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of vials required. As both CoolSculpting and Kybella offer permanent results, patients feel that these treatment options are worth the cost.

How much does Kybella for double chin cost?

When patients ask, how much is Kybella for chin fat, the answer is: it depends. There are numerous factors that go into determining the price of treatment including your geographic location, type of institution at which you are receiving treatment, and the size and scope of the treatment area. On average, one Kybella treatment session costs $1500 and two to four sessions are required for optimal results, depending on the size of the treatment area. Dr. Green’s office will be able to provide you with a more precise estimate of the cost of treatment after your initial consultation with Dr. Green. At that meeting, she will determine the number of Kybella vials and sessions necessary to achieve your physical and aesthetic goals.

How to get rid of chin fat with surgery

In order to get rid of chin fat with plastic surgery, patients tend to rely on either neck liposuction, neck lifts, or submentoplasty. In the case of neck lift surgery and submentoplasty, the plastic surgeon will make incisions along the hairline or behind the ear to remove excess fat (and occasionally skin), closing the incisions with sutures that will heal with ample recovery time. Additionally, face lifts are often a popular option when it comes to improving the look of the jaw line.

A surgical face lift is a similar procedure to that of a neck lift, but tightens the skin along the whole of the face, rather than just along the lower face Additionally, a face lift is often combined with a neck lift, which can help to both tighten the muscled of the neck area, reduce sagging skin along the neck and face, and create a more youthful appearance to both the jawline and the face. General anesthesia is required for neck lift, face lift, and submentoplasty procedures, as a local anesthetic does not typically suffice for this level of surgery. Side effects such as asymmetry of facial contouring, bleeding, infection, nerve injury, and scarring can occur, which is why so many patients opt for non-invasive fat removal techniques when it comes to submental fat.

Does buccal fat removal help with double chin?

When considering facial contouring of the cheeks and chin, buccal fat is often a topic of discussion. Buccal fat, also known as a buccal fat pad, is a rounded pad of fat that sits in the middle of the cheek, between facial muscles underneath the cheekbone. Buccal fat pads are typically responsible for the look of rounded cheeks or “baby face”, and the size of buccal fat varies from person to person.

The contouring of the cheeks and midface can sometimes affect the shape of the jawline and lower face. This is particularly true if buccal fat pads begin to sag, which can be a natural part of the aging process. For many patients experiencing either sagging of buccal fat or sagging skin along the jawline, non-invasive volume restoration dermal fillers and Thermage skin tightening treatment can be incredibly effective treatment options.

The majority of patients seeking double chin treatment are interested in contouring submental fat rather than buccal fat, but each individual has a unique face shape that can be highlighted and optimized through non-invasive cosmetic procedures. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to assess your natural facial contouring and current skin condition to determine which areas of treatment will be the most useful in removing fat from the chin and neck area.

How much is chin lipo and buccal fat removal?

The cost of chin liposuction and similar facial contouring procedures like buccal fat removal vary widely depending on the expertise of the plastic surgeon. In order to ensure best results, it’s important to work with highly trained, board-certified medical professionals. In the case of plastic surgery for fat removal in chin and neck, patients can expect to pay upwards of $10,000 for a surgical procedure with an expert plastic surgeon.

Chin Liposuction vs. Non-Invasive Fat Removal

When it comes to reducing submental fullness, non-invasive fat removal methods are highly favored by dermatologists and plastic surgeons alike. With options like CoolSculpting and Kybella offering convenient, low-risk treatment for fat reduction with permanent results and no downtime required, it’s rare that a patient will prefer a surgical solution. CoolSculpting and Kybella have helped to transform body contouring cosmetic procedures for the better, and the majority of patients who receive non-invasive fat reduction techniques for double chin are thrilled with the results.

How to lose jaw and chin fat with exercises for chin fat and neck rejuvenation

Many patients first consider exercises and changes in daily routine that can improve the look of their chin and jawline. These exercises include holding a straight jaw jut, pressing your chin against a ball held under the chin, and stretching the tongue and lips in order to improve firmness in the neck area. Additionally, if the submental fat is caused by weight gain, healthy changes in diet such as eliminating processed foods and eating more fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins will help one lose excess pounds. Through weight loss combined with moderate physical daily activity for 30 minutes, the fat cells in double chin can be reduced.

Though exercise and changes in lifestyle can help with overall body contouring, the area under the chin is difficult to tackle with simple changes in health and wellness. As submental fat is difficult to get rid of on one’s own, non-invasive techniques like Kybella and CoolMini treatments have become a saving grace. With treatments like Kybella, CoolMini and Thermage, patients can radically reduce the appearance of a double chin, creating a more youthful and radiant jawline and neck.

How do I get started with fat removal for my double chin today?

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of your double chin and submental fullness, there are simple non-invasive solutions that can make a huge difference. Dr. Michele Green offers consultations on facial contouring, Botox, Kybella, CoolSculpting, Juvederm injectables, anti-aging skincare, and comprehensive dermatological care at her boutique office on the Upper East Side of NYC. With over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, she is consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in New York. Please call our office today at 212-535-3088 or contact us online to create your custom treatment plan for fat removal of your double chin or any other area of the body.

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