The double chin is a problem that bothers many patients. This is actually one of the most prone to complex patients indications in young and old, thin and less thin.
A survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery suggests that nearly two thirds of people are concerned about excess fat on the double chin.
We interviewed Dr. Jean-François Tremblay, dermatologist, director of the Institute of MédIME , Institut de Médecine Esthétique located at the Sanctuaire du Mont-Royal on the various options available to get rid of that unsightly fat mass.
The double chin is a problem Question #1: What are the causes of the double chin?
Dr Tremblay: The double chin is the result of two phenomena: an accumulation of fat under the jaw and sagging skin due to aging of the skin. The double chin may be hereditary which explains its appearance in people who have a healthy weight.
The double chin is a problem Question #2: Are they several options to treat double chin?
Dr Tremblay: There are various effective procedures to treat double chin. Laser techniques, liposuction and very soon, a new procedure consisting in an injection to eliminate fat cells will be offered. The proper procedure will be chosen in function of the expectations of each individual but also according to the severity of the condition and the level of involvement, discipline, time to spend for appointments and for convalescence. The best way to proceed is to make an appointment for a personal consultation.
The double chin is a problem Question #3: Can you talk about the laser procedure to treat double chin?
Dr Tremblay: Of course. The most commonly used laser technique is the Venus Freeze (MP) that combines two patented magnetic and radiofrequency pulses. Magnetic pulses induce the release of growth factors necessary for the proliferation of dermal fibroblasts. The radio frequency induces the synthesis of collagen and elastin by causing a controlled thermal heating which triggers self-repair of skin tissue. This combination activates lipolysis and leads to loss of subcutaneous fat resulting in reducing fat deposits. Several sessions are required to obtain a satisfactory result.
The double chin is a problem Question #4: Liposuction is indicated for more severe cases, can you explain what that is?
Dr Tremblay: Liposuction is the only permanent solution now available to reduce the fat area of the double chin. For patients who want full correction, liposuction proves to be an interesting choice. This surgery is performed under local anesthesia and lasts about 2 hours. A tiny incision is made under the chin to enable the insertion of the cannula, the tube through which the fat is suctioned. Then stitches are done to close the incision. Patients are asked to wear a surgical sheath during one week to assist in tissues repair and accelerate healing.
The double chin is a problem Question #5: A new double chin reduction procedure will be available at MédIME very soon, can you tell us what it is?
Dr Tremblay: The new procedure is actually a non-surgical treatment to improve the appearance and the double chin profile. BELKYRA was recently launched in the US under the brand name KYBELLA and consists of a deoxycholic acid injection for patients who are seeking a non-surgical solution to improve the appearance of double chin. This procedure will be launched in Montreal at MédIME in late 2015 or early 2016. Follow us for the announcement and for details about this new procedure to treat double chin.
Treatments for double chin are now available at MédIME.