You see it every time you are photographed and despite your best efforts to reign in your double chin…it’s always there. The truth about excess fat (and therefore skin) hanging around the jaw area is that it’s caused by factors such as age, weight and genetics. However, even in youth and at an ideal weight, the dreaded double chin may be ever present.

There are two treatment options to successfully reduce a double chin. CoolSculpting, or freezing the fat in the area, is effective and non-evasive. A small hand piece, the CoolMini, is used for this treatment.  This process called cryolipolysis, involves reducing fat cells by freezing them without damaging surrounding tissue such as nerves, skin and muscle. The technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target fat cells in one or two treatments that typically last about one hour each.

A second option to slim the chin is Belkyra, which is the brand name for one type of fat dissolving injection. Belkyra is made by Allergan, the same company which makes the popular treatment of Botox. Following a comprehensive consultation to assess suitability for the treatment, a number of injections are administered under the chin. The active ingredient in Belkyra is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the area beneath your chin, Belkyra causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

In both treatment options, the chin will be puffy following the procedure, but the swelling will reduce in a matter of days to weeks depending on the person.

The reduction of a double chin can have remarkable results on your appearance, in particular your profile and smile. Get smiling!