It might surprise you to learn that not everyone who has a double chin is dealing with weight issues or is overweight. While extra fat is one component of a double chin, it’s not the only factor. A weak neck muscle or loose skin in the neck area, as well as a weak or receding chin can also contribute to the appearance of a double chin.
In many cases, a double chin is passed down from parents to children, so if your mom or dad has one, you might develop one, too. If you want to make your double chin less noticeable or eliminate it altogether, you have a number of options.
If you aren’t ready for surgery, or are looking for a way to make your double chin less visible while you wait for surgery, there are a few hair and clothing tricks you can try to minimize the chin. How you style your hair can either draw attention to or distract people from looking at your chin. A hairstyle that stops right at the level of your chin, for example, will pull the eye towards the double chin and make it more obvious. Instead of a chin-length bob or other chin-length cut, go for a longer or shorter style. You can also try bangs, which will pull attention up towards your eyes and the top of your head, away from the chin.
A turtleneck or another type of high-necked top might seem like the perfect way to cover up a double chin. In fact, the opposite is true. All that bulk and fabric near the neck and chin area will just pull the eye towards it, highlighting, not concealing your chin.
When picking out necklines, look for styles that will pull the eye lower, towards your shoulders and chest, rather than towards your chin. A scoop or v-neck shirt will distract people from your chin, for example. You can also try wearing a long necklace over your shirt to pull the eyes down.
More Permanent Solutions
Makeup and haircuts can only go so far when it comes to minimizing a double chin. You might reach a point when you decide that you want a longer lasting, more dramatic solution. There are a number of surgical options that will help reduce a double chin. The option or options that are most appropriate for you depend on how much extra fat or loose skin and muscle you have in the neck and chin area. It also depends on the size of your chin.
If your main issue is having a bit of extra fat in the area, neck liposuction on its own might be the most appropriate option. There are a number of benefits to liposuction of the neck, aside from removal of extra fat. The procedure itself only takes about an hour and recovery afterwards is usually short. Many people need to take just a few days off.
Liposuction on its own is usually best for people who have a bit of extra fat, but still have relatively tight skin and a tight neck muscle. If your neck muscle is weak and you’ve started to lose elasticity in the skin of your neck, your surgeon may recommend a neck lift along with the liposuction to remove the double chin.
A neck lift is usually a much more more involved procedure and can take several hours to perform. You’ll also need a longer amount of time to recover afterwards, usually at least a week.
The size and projection of your chin can also create the appearance of a double chin. If your chin is receding, the look of a double chin can be magnified, since it looks as though the chin is sinking into the neck. In that case, a chin augmentation procedure might be a good option, along with neck liposuction and a neck lift.
During a chin augmentation surgery, the surgeon will place an implant beneath the skin on the inside of the chin. The incisions are usually well hidden, either beneath the chin or on the inside of the mouth, so that scarring isn’t an issue.
At his practice in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Michael Schwartz offers patients a number of solutions for dealing with a double chin. During a consultation, he can evaluate your chin and let you know if surgery is the right option for you or recommend a different approach. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwartz, call 561-228-5888 today.