Dealing with the Dreaded Double Chin

Dealing with the Dreaded Double Chin
Dealing with the Dreaded Double Chin

Whether you are the reigning queen of the selfie, or just love an occasional night-out photo, we can all agree that the dreaded double chin can RUIN an otherwise beautiful shot. Here’s how to avoid it using a few beauty tricks-of-the-trade, as well as an option for those of us whose descending and depressing double chins might require a bit more than trickery to deftly disguise.

Hair: Much like our hair can make us look younger or older, thinner or heavier, it can also directly impact how our chin appears! Try to avoid blunt cuts that make your hair end exactly at the base of your chin – this will only draw attention to the area! Keep your hair at a flattering length for your face shape that is either above the chin or a bit below. Bangs can also draw the eye up and away from the chin area.

Contouring: Facial contouring with makeup, which has gained in popularity in recent years, is practically real-life Photoshop! Wearing makeup the right way can actually make us look younger, build facial structure where there was virtually none, and even create the illusion of strong, well-defined cheekbones. Contouring is also a great trick to implement to address that extra chin! By using chin-enhancing contouring techniques, you can trick the world into thinking your chin has more depth than it does. This gives the impression that the chin is thinner and further away than it actually is! I pull this off by using a slightly darker shade of bb cream (or maybe even a touch of bronzer) at the base of my chin. Make sure to blend well! The worst thing to do would be to create a look that makes you appear to have a dingy chin rather than a thinner one!

Clothing: If you are trying to draw attention away from your chin, don’t wear clothing that draws attention in that direction! This is common sense folks – you never want to emphasize what you’re trying to conceal. Likewise, you may want to stay away from high-neck options like turtlenecks. Consider the opposite like an awesome scoop, boat neck or V-neck, drawing attention to your delicate décolletage instead! Accessories can also help draw the eye elsewhere. A pretty pair of earrings can play double-duty as a chic ensemble addition and a distraction!

But… if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, there are surgical options for dealing with the double chin. I conferred with Dr. Michael J. Yaremchuk, an ASAPS board-certified member, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Craniofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

What are some of the causes of a double chin?

A double chin usually has one or two of the following components: The chin is weak - in other words, the bony part of the chin does not project forward sufficiently enough and is underdeveloped. The term for small chin is microgenia. The other component is excess tissue beneath the chin. It could be extra fat, extra skin, or both.

What surgical options exist? Would a double-chin liposuction or a neck lift be an option?

Liposuction could remove extra fat if that was the predominant cause. A neck lift would remove both extra fat and extra skin. Both would improve the appearance of the jaw. A chin implant could help by improving the projection of the chin.

Another surgical option is laser lipolysis (SmartLipo) which involves the use of a laser to melt fat under the chin. The device used has two laser wavelengths, one for melting the fat and the other for tightening the skin. In some cases, SmartLipo is combined with traditional liposuction to enhance the results.

If someone was to surgically deal with their double chin, what sort of expenses are they likely to incur?

The cost depends on the complexity of surgery, the type of anesthesia used, locale, etc.
Chin implant - $5,000 – $9,000
Chin liposuction - $3,000 – $8,000
Neck lift - $6,000 – $12,000

What would the recovery time be for chin liposuction or other surgical chin procedures?

Seven to ten days not to be noticeable to a casual observer. A patient will experience minimal discomfort after 24-48 hours following the procedure.

If you are not yet ready to go under the knife, here are nonsurgical options for diminishing the double chin:

Ultrasound (Ultherapy) is an in-office nonsurgical option for patients who have mild sagging skin. It tightens skin and also boosts collagen production.

ATX-101, a fat-dissolving injectable currently under review by the FDA could prove to be another option for dealing with the double chin. According to phase III clinical trial results presented to the FDA, four injections of ATX-101 into the chin led to the production of cells that broke down the spare fat which was then reabsorbed into the body.

Nonsurgical procedures for dealing with the double chin won’t produce the same results as their surgical alternatives. You should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area to determine which procedure is ideal for you.

Regardless of what method you choose, after saying goodbye to that double chin, whip out your selfie-stick and take your best shot filter-free!

About the Author

Aly Walansky is a lifestyles writer with over a decade of experience covering beauty, health, and travel for various esteemed publications. Her blog, A Little Alytude (www.alytude.com) was launched in 2006 and continues to be a strong voice in the lifestyles arena. Based in the ever-trendy Park Slope area of Brooklyn, she divides her time between her shih tsu Lily, her soap opera addiction, and scouting out fun new martini bars.