Double isn’t always a good thing. We’ll take a double feature or a double date any day of the week, but no one wants a double chin. If you have excess fat below your chin, come see Dr. Yegiyants for a non-surgical solution. We offer both CoolSculpting® and Kybella®, two highly effective options for permanently reducing submental fullness by targeting stubborn fat below the chin.
What Causes a Double Chin?
There are many causes of a double chin. Gaining weight is only one of them. Many patients with a double chin are at a healthy weight but struggle with this condition due to aging, genetics or medical conditions, Thinning or stretched out skin can contribute to the appearance of fullness under the chin, even without excess fat.
Kybella® and CoolSculpting® are our two most popular non-surgical treatment solutions but differ in the mechanism of action used to achieve long-lasting results. So how do you determine which option is best for you?
Reasons to Choose Kybella® for Your Double Chin Treatment
Kybella® is an injectable treatment for treating unwanted fat under the chin. During treatment, patients receive several injections of Kybella® in various locations under the chin. Kybella® contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat. When injected under the chin, Kybella® destroys fat cells.
The benefits of Kybella® include:
- Quick treatment (usually less than 30 minutes)
- Long-lasting results. Most patients won’t need retreatment after the full result is achieved.
- Injectable treatment that requires no incisions
- Minimal downtime compared to liposuction surgery
- Full results in two to six treatments
- Few recovery side-effects
Kybella® is a targeted treatment, specifically designed for fat under the chin. It offers excellent results and allows your doctor to customize treatment by selecting sites for injection. We can numb patients with ice to counter the slight pain from the injections. Patients with acute pain sensitivity can request a topical numbing cream or even nitrous oxide gas to help them feel comfortable.
Removing a Double Chin with CoolSculpting®
CoolSculpting® uses the power of cold to freeze and destroy fat cells. Intense cold is applied under the chin using a special treatment applicator to trigger cryolipolysis. Fat cells in the area are frozen, and in time, will be naturally eliminated from the body.
The benefits of CoolSculpting® include:
- No anesthesia or downtime
- Long-lasting results
- Average fat reduction of about 20% in the treated area with one treatment
- Many patients see good results with a single treatment
- Can receive up to two treatments if needed
- Minimal recovery side effects
CoolSculpting® is used on the entire body and only recently became available for treating fat under the chin. We’re excited by the results we’ve seen using CoolSculpting® under the chin.
Neck and Chin Liposuction
Sometimes, issues causing the double chin will respond best to liposuction. Neck and chin liposuction re-defines neck and chin contours, rendering a more healthy, sculpted appearance. I can determine suitability for any of these procedures during our consultation. Neck and chin liposuction can be performed using local anesthesia. You won’t need someone to drive you to and from our practice.
When Surgery Is a Better Fit
Non-surgical treatments for removing a double chin can be highly effective, but they aren’t always the right fit. Dr. Yegiyants will recommend surgery for some patients. Liposuction or a surgical neck lift may be needed if:
- You have poor skin elasticity
- You’re already receiving facelift surgery and want to improve the neck’s appearance too
Dr. Yegiyants will explore all of your options for neck rejuvenation during your consultation and will help you choose the most appropriate and effective options.
Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sara Yegiyants, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, CA.