The dreaded double chin is something many of us experience in our 30s or 40s. The good news is that you do not have to put up with that ‘extra chin’ if you don’t want to. You have a range of options, including a facelift, to eliminate your double chin. This article will fill you in on each of the most popular solutions for this troublesome issue so you can make an informed decision.


What Causes a Double Chin?

Double chins can occur for a variety of reasons. Age, diet, and hereditary factors can all play a role. Some people are more prone to developing the appearance of a second chin than others. If you’re unhappy with your double chin, you’re not alone. According to the American Society For Dermatologic Surgery, up to 68 percent of people feel the same way. While weight loss can help reduce the appearance of a double chin, it can take months or even years to work.

Many people who have double chins aren’t overweight in the first place, so weight loss wouldn’t be the right approach. There is also no guarantee that losing weight will make your double chin go away. Of course, if you are overweight, losing weight in a healthy way is always a smart idea, even if that stubborn chin fat stays behind. Unfortunately, there aren’t any exercises or devices you can buy to rid yourself of your bothersome double chin either.

What you should know about double chins:

  • They are most often caused by a combination of weight and age.
  • Genetics can play a role in whether or not you develop a ‘second chin’ too.
  • Dieting can reduce the appearance of two chins, but it doesn’t always work.
  • There are no exercises, magic pills, or products to get rid of a double chin.


Getting Rid of a Double Chin with Surgery

If you’re living with a double chin right now and wondering what to do about it, don’t despair. There are several surgical procedures that are proven to eliminate the appearance of a double chin. A plastic surgeon may recommend neck liposuction, neck lift surgery, or a combination of both. Which procedures are recommended will depend on several factors.

These include the severity of the double chin, how long you have had it, and the shape of your face. Dr. Palmer has expertly performed double chin procedures for many years now. All it takes is an initial consultation for us to evaluate your case and offer you the best options to suit your needs. Looking our best plays an important part in our self-esteem. You deserve to fine-tune the appearance of your chin and we would be honored to provide you with that service.


Your Options For Double Chin Surgery

If you are considering double chin surgery, you will have several possible approaches to take.  The staff at Palmer Cosmetic Surgery will be able to run you through the options and make sure that you select the best procedure for your particular needs. Here are three of the most common procedures:

Chin Liposuction

Chin liposuction removes excess fat from under the chin through a small incision, using a suction technique. This procedure contours the neck and jawline, effectively reducing the appearance of a double chin by eliminating the fat that contributes to it, resulting in a more defined and aesthetically pleasing profile.


The submentoplasty also involves removing excess fat from the area under the chin and upper neck using liposuction. The main difference is that this double chin surgery goes a step further by tightening the skin and muscles of the face and neck using small incisions. Submentoplasty typically results in a more defined chin and neck profile than chin liposuction alone can deliver.

Neck Lift

A neck lift procedure reduces your double chin by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles of the neck. This surgical approach creates a more defined jawline and smoother neck contour, effectively addressing skin laxity (looseness) and fatty deposits that contribute to the appearance of a double chin. Surgeons can combine this treatment with a facelift if the client wishes.


What is the Downtime from Double Chin Surgery?

The amount of time needed for recovery depends on the procedure performed as well as the patient’s relative health and compliance with the doctor’s recommendations post-surgery. For chin liposuction or submentoplasty, the initial recovery phase typically lasts around one to two weeks. During this period, patients may experience mild soreness, swelling, and bruising.

A snug dressing or compression garment is usually applied to the neck area immediately after submentoplasty or a neck lift. This should be worn continuously for the first week to support the healing process.  Patients usually reach full recovery, where most of the noticeable swelling and bruising has subsided within 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.

How much downtime is there from double chin surgery?

  • About 1-2 weeks for initial recovery.
  • About 4-6 weeks for full recovery, where most swelling/bruising is gone.
  • Follow all post-surgical directions for the best results in recovery.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Palmer Cosmetic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale is one of South Florida’s most acclaimed medical practices. If you would like to explore your options for eliminating a double chin, or any other procedures to help you fine-tune your appearance, it is our pleasure to be of service to you.

Dr. Palmer has helped thousands of people and has been in practice for more than 30 years. There are few more well-seasoned plastic surgeons out there. Rest assured, you or your loved one will be in expert hands.

We invite you to contact us with any questions about double chin surgery or any other cosmetic procedure. You can schedule a consultation using the “Schedule an Appointment” button on your screen, or simply by calling (954) 989-5001