We all know the term “double chin”–that dreaded extra fat between the chin and the neck that looks unflattering in photos and in the mirror. While a double chin is fairly common, it is often not easy to resolve using weight loss. Why? Partly because a double chin is not just about the fat present, but about the structure of the chin itself. Another reason is that it is not possible to spot-target isolated areas such as underneath the chin. If you are bothered by this problem, you may want to seek surgical help. But what causes a double chin, and can a chin implant fix the issue?

What Causes a Double Chin

Most people associate a double chin with just one cause: excessive fat in the area under the jaw. However, this is not always the sole cause of a double chin. In fact, most cases of double chin are caused by a combination of factors, not just one. Here are some of the reasons a double chin can form.

“Weak” Chin

A so-called “weak” chin is a major contributing factor to a double chin. When the chin does not have much projection naturally, appearing somewhat recessed and small compared to the nose, it may be referred to as weak. A weak chin is most visible from the profile view, but the lack of projection can combine with other factors to create the dreaded double chin. A weak chin is one of the most common reasons people seek chin implants.

Excess Fat

Though not always the main cause of a double chin, this is the factor most commonly cited when discussing the problem. Excessive fat in the chin area does play a role in the formation of a double chin, and correction of the problem usually involves some kind of fat removal.

Sagging Skin

As we age, skin begins to sag everywhere, including the chin area. This is due to loss of collagen in the skin, which makes it lose elasticity. As skin in the neck and chin begin to sag, it can create the double chin appearance and make the chin look less defined.

Surgical Treatment

There are a few surgical techniques that can be used to help with a double chin, depending on the factors involved.Here are some quick facts about procedures that can help:

A chin implant is not the only surgery that can resolve a double chin, but it is one important technique that can be used in many cases. Chinaugmentation is a good option for creating more projection, definition, and balance to the face. This procedure can improve the appearance of a weak chin while tightening the skin in the area to reduce the appearance of a double chin. This is a surgical procedure that involves the insertion of a Silicone or Gore-Tex implant for permanent augmentation. Recovery typically takes about one week.

Facial liposuction may also be appropriate for localized fat deposits in the chin area. This treatment is best for patients with excellent skin elasticity. This technique is often used in combination with others to produce the best possible results.

A neck lift may be a good option for people with significant neck and jowl aging that causes a double chin because of sagging skin. A neck lift strengthens these structures and tightens the skin for a smooth contour under the chin and jaw.

Are You a Candidate?

The only way to know which treatment is appropriate for resolving your double chin is to speak with a qualified facial plastic surgeon. Candidates for cosmetic surgery should be in general good health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the eventual results of plastic surgery.

Discuss Your Options

As with any plastic surgery, it is important to discuss your goals with a few board certified plastic surgeons before you make any decisions. Every patient has different needs, and a qualified facial plastic surgeon has the knowledge to help you plan your treatment. If you’re looking for a surgeon whose advice you can trust, come to Buckingham Center in Austin and meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham is focused on providing patients with custom, natural results paired with individual, compassionate care. Call 512-401-2500 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buckingham today.

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