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What Can Be Done to Correct a Double Chin?


While many of us would like to see a clean, contoured jawline when we look in the mirror, some of us have excess fat that creates a double chin. A double chin, also called submental fullness, can result from a variety of causes, including hereditary factors, weight, anatomy, and airway positioning.

If you have a double chin that you’re self-conscious about, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are ways of correcting it. Dr. Malena Amato offers several successful procedures to help you eliminate the unwanted double chin.

What is a Double Chin?

Even those at a healthy weight can develop a double chin due to age, genetics, and posture. Like a rounded facial structure or weak chin, inherited traits can make people susceptible to submental fullness. Though weight loss can help many patients obtain a slimmer jawline, no amount of diet and exercise can eliminate an inherited or age-related double chin.

Kybella®

In the past, only surgery could remove the stubborn fat that stores underneath the chin, but today, a more suitable treatment is available. Dr. Amato offers Kybella injections in Austin, Texas, to effectively but gently melt away submental fat to help create a leaner and more sculpted jawline. Kybella catalyzes the same natural process our bodies use to break down lipids during digestion and melt away stubborn fat. Kybella is composed of deoxycholic acid that is injected into the fat cells, causing them to dissolve slowly. The body then excretes the damaged cells harmlessly through the liver. With just a few treatments, the results from Kybella are permanent.

Side effects are infrequent with Kybella. Dr. Amato uses an anesthetic cream to numb the injection site before administering Kybella. Some people notice redness, swelling, and tenderness below the chin for a few hours, to a few days after the procedure. Dr. Amato is dedicated to her patients’ safety and will closely monitor your recovery.

Neuromodulator Injections

Neuromodulators can reduce the appearance of double chins in some patients without the inconvenience or severity of surgery. Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®, temporarily relax the small muscle groups that cause wrinkles and excess skin. Neuromodulators work by obstructing nerve signals in particular problem areas.

The effects of neuromodulators can last about three months before wearing off. However, if you are satisfied with your treatment results, you have the choice of maintaining your look with another round of injections. Repeatedly receiving neuromodulator injections gradually trains the muscles to remain relaxed, so after a couple of treatments, you’ll be able to decrease your treatments.

Reduce Your Double Chin with An Expert’s Help

With over 17 years of experience performing oculoplastic surgery and countless aesthetic procedures, Dr. Malena Amato uses her skill and training to help you choose the best options for your aesthetic goals and produce elegant, natural results. To learn more about your options for correcting a double chin, contact her office here to arrange a personal consultation today.