By Carla Walsh
A double chin may look endearing on babies, but it is less loved on grown-ups. The double chin blunts the aesthetic angle between the head and the neck, adding not only pounds, but also years to your age.
Unfortunately it is not possible to burn away the double chin “submental” fat by any form of facial exercises. Apart from using photoshop, the swiftest way to get rid of a double chin is by removal using liposuction, or by melting it using lipodissolve, or fat-busting energy devices such as laser or ultrasound or radiofrequency. We speak to aesthetic experts, and find out how out how these therapies help to bid adieu to the dreaded double chin.
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An injection that dissolves stubborn fat is no longer a fantasy. Lipodissolve, contains Kybella, a US FDA-approved treatment for chin and neck fat. The star of the show is deoxycholic acid. Dr Low Chai Ling, Medical Director from SW1 Clinic explains how Lipodissolve works: “The active ingredient deoxycholic acid is clinically proven to promote fat breakdown and reduce the double chin bulk. A few sessions are needed, one month apart, to achieve the desired effect. The number of sessions will depend on how severe the double chin is.” Dr Low added that although there may be a mild skin tightening effect after Lipodissolve, it is best combined with skin tightening treatments, such as Ulthera, Thermage or Infinity Neck Thread Lifts, to achieve a better sculpted result.
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By far, liposuction is the swiftest and most effective way to remove submental fat. The removal of fat is made through a few hidden nicks in the skin, usually behind the ears and under the chin. The type of liposuction is important. “Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound waves to liquefy fat and the same ultrasonic energy promotes skin tightening, which targets the saggy skin under the chin,” explains Dr Chia Hui Ling, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, “the effect is fat reduction and skin tightening in a single session.” Vaser has superior results compared to its non-surgical counterparts, but you may expect some swelling and bruising, which will resolve within a week. The final appearance achievable is seen after 3 months, when skin remodeling is complete.
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Endotine Ribbon Lift
If more tightening is desired, in serious “turkey necks”, surgeons use the Endotine Lift device to lift and tighten skin to a more elevated and youth position. The Ribbon Lift is placed through hidden cuts behind the ear and is the most effective minimally-invasive lift device available.
After the procedure, you’ll experience temporary bruising and swelling, which is normal. Your doctor may ask you to wear a soft elastic garment to help minimize lower-face swelling. Your doctor may also recommend that you avoid neck rotation and strenuous activity for a short period of time. In both cases, these measures are only temporary, and are intended to help you heal more quickly.
Your new look will begin to emerge within the first two weeks after your procedure, and your final result should be evident within a few months.
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To further enhance the chin and jawline, some patients may also benefit from a chin implant or injection of chin fillers to enhance the proportions of the chin. This most greatly benefits patients who also has a receding jawline or has a disproportionately short chin. By bringing the facial proportions closer to that of the golden ratios, we can up the beauty quotient of the face even further.
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Profound Radiofrequency Treatment
Tailored for aging skin, Profound is a revolutionary new energy-based facial treatment designed to create new elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. Using micro-needles, Profound delivers radiofrequency energy not only into the skin, but also into the fat layer and has a fat-melting capability. The combined powers of tightening and fat remodelling gives a synergistic effect in eradicating submental fat and sculpting the neck.