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Ever whipped out your phone to take a selfie only to be shocked to find an unflattering, double chin staring back at you? You’re not alone. More than half of all Australians admit that they are self-conscious about their own double chin. And unsurprisingly, the double chin area is one of the most common areas that we treat at Contour Clinics.

A double chin is exactly what it sounds like – a section of fat under the chin, causing what looks like – you guessed it – a second chin. In what many claim to be an unflattering feature, a double chin is not just associated with weight gain or loss; a double chin may also be caused by genetics, loose skin, and age.

What causes a double chin?

A double chin is caused by an extra layer of fat that develops beneath the chin. There are a few different factors that contribute to create a double chin; including:

  • Age: as we age, our skin loses collagen and elasticity, causing the under chin area to sag and bulge.
  • Weight gain: carrying extra weight can cause deposits to build up in different areas of the body, including under the chin.
  • Genetics: the reality is – a double chin may just be hereditary. Genetics can predispose you and your family to having a more plump, double chin area.
  • Poor posture: poor posture can cause the platysma muscle – the muscle connecting the neck to the chin – to weaken, reducing elasticity around the jowls, resulting in a double chin.
  • Facial structure: those with a recessive chin or weak jawline are more susceptible to developing a double chin.

We’ve established that anyone can have a double chin. So, how can you get rid of one?

Can you get rid of a double chin through diet and exercise?

Spend an hour on Tik Tok or Googling ‘How to get rid of a double chin’ and you’ll be rewarded with a myriad of ways to get rid of a double chin overnight, from home. Articles, videos, and tutorials will outline how changing your diet, exercising, or practicing jaw snatching facial massages on yourself will give you the jawline of your dreams. And while there is something to be said for sculpting the neck area through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and Gua Sha, these at-home tips and tricks are not going to work any overnight wonders.

If a double chin is a direct result of weight gain, then exercise and a balanced diet may be the answer. However, it’s going to take time to see results. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of your double chin for good (and in a relatively short time frame), you’re likely going to be pointed towards cosmetic treatments.

Cosmetic treatments to get rid of a double chin

Modern cosmetic medicine means that there is more than one way to effectively get rid a double chin. Cosmetic treatments for the chin area include both surgical and non-surgical options, are commonly practiced, safe, and effective in removing a double chin.

Whether you’re interested in dipping your toe in the water with a little bit of filler, can’t seem to get the term ‘fat dissolving injections’ out of your mind, or you’re looking to make a more permanent change with an augmentation or chin liposuction – we’re here to help. The beauty of how prevalent this concern is, is that there really is a treatment for everyone, at every end of the scale.

Below, we’re going to outline your options for how to get rid of a double chin – providing an overview of both surgical and non-surgical solutions.

Non-surgical options for getting rid of a double chin

1. Fat Dissolving Injections

For most people I know (and myself included), the words ‘fat dissolving injections’ sound too good to be true, right? Wrong. Fat dissolving injections are a non-surgical solution to effectively treating and getting rid of a double chin.

Fat dissolving injections work by using something called deoxycholic acid, (a substance that occurs naturally in your body to help break down the fat that you digest) to dissolve the small pocket of fat under one’s chin(s).

How does it work, you ask? Well, the deoxycholic acid is injected into the pocket of fat, and it works to break down the fatty tissue in the same way your stomach digests dietary fats. The treatment usually requires between 10-15 injections which, while may sound like a lot, doesn’t take very long and the area is usually numbed first to reduce discomfort.

Most patients will need at least two treatments and some clients find they great results from just two, done 4-6 weeks apart. Double chin fat dissolving injections are effective in removing stubborn pockets of fat and will leave you with a permanently sculpted jawline.

2. Chin Filler

Chin augmentation with dermal filler is one of the most underrated cosmetic treatments. Dermal filler can be used to treat a weak chin, a short chin, a sagging chin, a cleft chin, and a double chin.

Chin fillers are used to add volume and prominence to the area, which is ideal for those with a double chin that has resulted from facial structure. Where fat dissolving injections will remove the fat, chin filler works to fill out a retracted chin. By adding volume to the area, you can sculpt the jawline to be more pointy and feminine, or more square and masculine – the choice is yours!

Dermal fillers offer a fast, safe, and inexpensive alternative to more invasive surgical procedures. The treatment is completed in less than 5 minutes, and there’s no downtime. The only downside? The results are not permanent and will last for up to 18 months.

3. CoolSculpting

For those of you who are needle phobic, we have the option of the Coolsculpting to the under chin region. This provides the same results as double chin injections, and you can see amazing results in just 6 weeks.

Coolsculpting freezes unwanted fat cells, which are then removed from the body by the immune system. The results are permanent, and most patients find this is a much better option for them than surgical procedures. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive treatment which takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Unlike liposuction, there is no scarring or downtime, letting you get back to your normal routine with boosted confidence.

Clinically tested and approved by the FDA, coolsculpting offers a quick and effective way of eliminating your double chin. This innovative, painless fat removal process enables you to trade your stubborn double chin for a beautifully defined jawline.

4.  Skin Tightening

Want liposuction results without the long downtime, invasiveness, and expense? Try skin tightening! This non-surgical method of liposuction tightens loose and sagging neck skin while removing fat.

Skin tightening for the under chin area offers a quarter of the downtime of traditional neck liposuction, allowing you to get back to work at just 3-5 days post-procedure. Performed under local anaesthetic, this is a safe and short procedure which provides a permanent solution to that unflattering double chin.

While your under chin fat is being removed, your neck will also be lifted during this process, with results lasting 5-7 years.

Skin tightening is a fantastic solution to that annoying double chin that you just can’t seem to get rid of, leaving you looking and feeling years younger.

Surgical options to get rid of a double chin

5. Chin Liposuction

Say goodbye to that pesky double chin and hello to a sleeker, more confident you with chin liposuction! By permanently removing unwanted fat, chin liposuction will leave you with a contoured neckline just 4-6 weeks after your treatment.

This minimally invasive procedure targets stubborn fat deposits which often resist rigorous exercise and diet regimens. Chin liposuction is an increasingly popular sculpting technique which can put an end to the universal struggle to remove double chins.

Most chin liposuction patients experience a fast recovery, allowing you to show off your newly contoured neckline within a short 1-2 days following this procedure. Give yourself the sculpted jawline you’ve always dreamed of, and permanently rid yourself of that pesky under chin fat.

6. Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation, otherwise known as chin implant surgery, is a surgical procedure which improves definition in the lower face using durable silicone implants. By making your chin more prominent, this surgery will enhance your jawline and compliment your unique facial features.

Chin implants are made from a very durable silicone material and come in a range of different shapes and sizes to suit your personal aesthetic goals. They look and feel like the surrounding natural tissues, allowing you to resume your daily routine without any visible signs that you had a chin augmentation.

Don’t let your double chin steal the spotlight from your smile. Book a consultation with an expert at Contour Clinics online or call 1300 233 803 today to discuss your options. We’re all about natural, sustainable results – so we’ll work closely with you to help you determine the right cosmetic procedure to get rid of your double chin once and for all.

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