It’s been that kind of year and some of us have seen an extra softness we’re not used to or an increased fullness in some spots that we aren’t exactly loving. One place we can’t easily spot treat with diet and exercise is underneath the chin. In the face, this is one area that can draw the eye down to make one appear older or heavier. The fix? Facial experts say options are expanding to help get rid of that fat for once and for all with minimal downtime.
“In younger patients, submental liposuction alone would suffice, and we could count on the younger patient skin’s natural recoil ability to contract and reveal the improved neck contour,” says New York facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann Klausner, MD. “When the skin’s elasticity is not as good as with older patients, submental liposuction alone might leave the patient with less fat but a lot of loose skin, hence the need for a necklift at the same time.”
“I prefer treating this area with liposuction,” says Beverly Hills, CA facial plastic surgeon Davis B. Nguyen, MD. It’s the most definitive treatment for submental fat and nonsurgical options cannot fully address or compare to physically removing excess fat.”
In addition to Kybella injections to dissolve the fat and CoolSculpting to freeze it, doctors are also utilizing radio-frequency treatments to target the skin and fat under the chin. “Patients in their 40s and 50s, and in some cases even in their 60s, who may not want to surgery may be good candidates for an AccuTite or FaceTite procedure combined with Morpheus Radio Frequency Microneedling to reduce submental fat and tighten the neck skin,” adds Dr. Klausner. “Patients have no post-procedure pain but do have some moderate swelling and bruising which resolves in seven to ten days.”
As far as healing goes, the experts say now is a good time to undergo a submental fat-reduction procedure as mask wearing can help aid in recovering under the radar. The end result will help sculpt, define and enhance the lower face for an overall more slender-looking face.