Chin Contouring Overview
The Aging Chin
Few areas of the body show a person’s age quicker than the lower face. The aging process causes the once-sleek contours of the chin and jawline to sag due to loose skin and fat deposits around the mouth and cheeks.
In some people, jowls may also contribute to the appearance of a double chin.
Reasons to Consider Chin Contouring
Chin contouring can achieve the following:
- Augment a weak or receding chin
- Soften the appearance of a cleft or dimpled chin
- Enhance a long or narrow chin
- Remove submental fat that leads to a “double chin”
- Improve jawline definition
- Reduce sagging skin
Submental chin fat can be a big problem for some people, as it is difficult to get rid of and can make you look older and heavier than you really are. There are no exercises that work specifically for the chin, and if you are predisposed genetically to a double chin, even a healthy lifestyle and diet may not help much.
Women may also suffer from a “turkey wattle,” or excess loose skin under the chin caused by gravity and the natural aging process. However, there are a variety of body shaping treatments available to help reduce the appearance of both a double chin and loose, sagging skin.
You don’t have to live with an unwanted, unattractive chin contour – with the help of liposuction or one of our non-invasive skin tightening devices, you can get on the road to achieving a sculpted and defined chin at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego.
Chin Sculpting without Surgery at Our Medical Spa
Dermal fillers are an excellent way to augment or alter the appearance of a long, narrow, weak, or flabby chin, soften a cleft or dimpled chin, and restore volume and contours lost to the aging process. Dermal fillers can also work to minimize the early signs of jowl formation.
Benefits of dermal fillers:
- Little to downtime
- No general anesthesia needed
- Immediate improvement
Reducing Chin Fat with Minimal Downtime
Submental fat, or fat under the chin, gives the look of a double chin and can make people appear heavier or older. Submental fat results from genetics, aging, and weight gain and is often resistant to the effects of a healthy diet and exercise.
Our medical spa offers several effective procedures to treat submental fat, especially when combined with one of our skin-tightening treatments.
ThermiSculpt³ is our proprietary treatment that combines facial liposuction to remove submental fat, ThermiTight to firm up loose skin, and injectable fillers to augment the chin and put the finishing touches on your jawline contouring. The expert dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology have developed this combination approach to address multiple concerns safely and effectively, with superior results.
Chin liposuction is the most effective way to remove submental fat, although it does require local anesthesia and a bit of downtime. Due to bruising and swelling, recovery generally takes about three days.
Coolmini™ is an effective treatment for removing submental fat. It effectively “freezes” fat cells, resulting in a 20-30% reduction in submental fat after one treatment. The procedure can be repeated to achieve the desired look.
Kybella® is a minimally invasive injectable treatment designed to melt away chin fat. Injections are made in strategic points in the chin area. The product gradually destroys fat cells, and the body naturally eliminates them. Patients do experience swelling and soreness after the procedure, and multiple sessions are required to achieve the desired outcome. We also use this product to reduce early jowl formation.
Ultherapy® and Thermage® are non-surgical treatments that stimulate collagen production, improving skin tightness and elasticity for a more youthful appearance. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy, whereas Thermage uses radiofrequency energy.
Benefits of Chin Contouring
The chin is a prominent facial feature that can throw the entire face out of balance when it is disproportionate to other facial features. Chins can also change over time to produce an aged appearance. Patients focusing on the chin for improvement may have one or more of the following goals:
- Definition: Distinction between the face and neck
- Contour: Shape and size
- Simplicity: Smooth curve
Chin contouring can give patients a more youthful appearance while making the chin and jawline structure balance other facial features. Chin contouring can successfully reduce:
- Jowls: Sagging skin around the jawline may form due to skin laxity and weakened structural support.
- Skin laxity: Loose or crepey skin can develop, resulting from the natural aging process and other extrinsic factors like lifestyle, genetics, and environment.
- Submental bulk: Better known as a double chin, this common issue occurs when a layer of fat forms under the chin and around the jawline. It can result from weight gain, skin laxity, or genetics.
Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s proprietary treatment, ThermiSculpt³, is our exclusive combination treatment that dramatically reshapes and tightens the neck, chin, and jawline without surgery. ThermiSculpt³ results in a firmer, more naturally defined jawline without incisions or significant downtime afterward.
We use liposculpture, combined with skin tightening procedures like ThermiTight and sometimes injectable filler like Juvederm Voluma to produce the most natural results. In fact, Dr. Goldman was the principal investigator for Allergan to get FDA approval for the use of Juvederm Voluma for chin enhancement.
As the skin heals and adjusts after a contouring treatment, it will naturally conform to the new facial profile. For patients that lack the elasticity for skin to bounce back naturally, we can help the process along with our non-surgical skin tightening options. Other benefits of chin contouring include:
- Strengthens a receding or weak chin
- Creates a more flattering jawline
- Reduces the look of jowls or a double chin
- Tightens and smoothes skin
- Creates a harmonious appearance with your facial features
- Fills in areas around your chin and jawline to make chin wrinkles disappear
Contact our Medical Spa to Schedule Your Chin Contouring Treatment Today
Our board-certified dermatologists are currently accepting new patients and will be happy to meet with you to discuss which chin contouring procedure is right for you. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today.
If you are visiting Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in order to eliminate a double chin, the first thing our skincare specialists will do is determine which treatment is right for you. An in-person consultation will allow our dermatologists to accurately and strategically develop a treatment plan that’s unique to your special circumstances. Some of the double chin treatments offered at our medical spa in San Diego include the following:
Chin liposuction is the original and still the most effective way to reduce saggy skin under the chin. Liposuction involves a longer recovery period than non-invasive options, but it will achieve the most dramatic results over a single treatment. Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we perform tumescent liposculpture of the chin, which results in less downtime than “traditional” liposuction. Tumescent liposculpture involves only local anesthetic, which reduces the risk of side effects from anesthesia and allows patients to be up and about much sooner than they could after general anesthesia.
Recovery after tumescent liposuction takes just a few days before patients are presentable again, so we recommend having the procedure done over a long weekend when you have the time to rest and recover out of the public eye. This procedure is very safe and effective and has a high rate of success.
CoolMini is the latest FDA cleared non-invasive treatment for submental fat under the chin. It can also be used on other areas of the body with small, difficult to treat pockets of fat, such as the armpits and knees! CoolMini uses the same cryolipolysis technology as CoolSculpting, with the same rate of effectiveness. The applicator selectively “freezes” the submental fat cells, leading to a 20-30% reduction in fat after one treatment. Multiple treatments may be done to achieve a more dramatic effect if desired.
CoolMini involves no downtime, and side effects may include minor swelling, redness, and numbness that will disappear on its own in a matter of hours to weeks, depending on the patient. This liposculpture treatment is great for people with small amounts of fat under the chin who don’t necessarily want to undergo liposuction.
Kybella is an injectable treatment for melting chin fat that was FDA approved in 2015. This treatment works by using deoxycholic acid to target and destroy unwanted fat cells. A series of injections are placed at strategic points under the chin, and over time the fat cells are destroyed and eliminated naturally by the body, allowing a double chin to reduce in size and the chin to become more contoured.
Kybella involves only minimal downtime, but we recommend that patients do it over a weekend just in case there is significant swelling. Swelling, bruising, and numbness are the side effects most commonly associated with Kybella, but these are generally minimal and will resolve on their own.
Ultherapy is an FDA cleared, effective treatment for lifting and tightening skin on the neck, chest, and face non-surgically. It uses ultrasound energy to penetrate deep into the tissue and stimulate collagen production, thus causing the skin to regain some elasticity, tighten, and retract, leaving you with a firmer, more youthful neck contour.
Ultherapy can be used to smooth chest wrinkles, contour the neck and chin, and even brighten the eye area by tightening drooping skin around the eyes. It can also be used in conjunction with the fat reduction of the chin to help tighten any potential loose skin afterward.
ThermiTight is a minimally invasive contouring procedure that uses a small probe inserted under the skin to conduct radiofrequency energy into the deep tissues. This radiofrequency energy heats and contracts the dermis, which in turn stimulates collagen production and leads to tighter skin. ThermiTight is often used in conjunction with liposuction of the chin for a comprehensive fat reduction and skin tightening treatment that leads to the best neck and chin contour possible.
ThermiTight requires no downtime and can be done on its own or with a fat reduction procedure. It can also be used to reduce fat, simply by changing the settings on the radiofrequency device.
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