Reviewing Some Tips for Reducing Your Double Chin

No one appreciates a fatty appearance between their chin and neck. Fat often accumulates there when one gains weight and is also a product of aging. Fortunately, there are many options to minimize the appearance of a double chin ranging from invasive surgery, to liposuction, injections, exercises, and just plain old weight loss.

Below are some tips for reducing your double chin. Understanding all of the options available will help make the best choice for each situation.

  • Losing weight is the least invasive manner in which to reduce the fat below the chin. However, sometimes, loose skin still hangs in the area which doesn’t improve appearance.
  • Exercises for the neck can help improve the “double-chin” appearance by strengthening the muscles below the jaw-line. There are several types of exercises and tricks such as holding a tennis ball between chin and chest (isometrics), chewing gum, and sticking out your tongue for extended periods of time to tighten the neck muscles. Carrying out the exercises as well as losing weight can work together in improving the appearance under the chin.
  • Liposuction or a neck-lift are both surgical procedures to remove the submental fat (chin fat) permanently from the neck. The neck-lift requires general anesthesia which has plenty of risks for many patients. Liposuction can be carried out under local anesthesia and can cause bruising and pain. Both of these procedures often lead to time-missed from daily activities for a while.
  • Kybella treatment (deoxycholic acid) is a newer procedure that doesn’t require surgery. Instead, it consists of direct injections of a prescription medication into the submental fat. It is FDA approved, and results in no down time from daily activities. The Kybella, or deoxycholic acid, which is a form of bile acid naturally synthesized by the liver, breaks down the fat cells which are then absorbed into the body. Therefore, the body shows no negative reaction to the medication as it does its job. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. It’s necessary to return for about six more monthly follow-up visits until the expected results are attained.

The descriptions listed are the most viable options for reducing fat which accumulates under the chin. It’s an individual choice to determine if exercises and striving to lose weight is the answer or if it is worth the risk, cost, and healing time of invasive surgery, or enduring simple non-invasive injections to eliminate the unwanted double chin.