Double Chins: What Causes Them& How to Treat Them

Double chins are a common aesthetic issue experienced by both men and women and one that can completely change your profile.

Fortunately, there are a number of surgical and non-surgical ways to get rid of a double chin but non-surgical treatments have become far more popular for obvious reasons.

What causes double chins?

There are a number of different reasons why men and women develop double chins, with ageing and weight changes being the two main causes.

As we age, our skin becomes less elastic due to the slowdown of collagen production. This causes the area beneath our chins to loosen, making it easier for fat to accumulate.

Gaining weight is the other main reason why so many people develop double chins and even with a rigorous exercise routine and a healthy diet, it’s not always possible to eliminate fat deposits under the chin.

Lastly, there are a number of health problems that can cause double chins, including thyroid issues, Cushing’s syndrome, kidney disorders and sinus infections.

How to treat your double chin

Where liposuction and neck lift surgery was once the only way to get rid of a double chin, there are now non-surgical options too.

Kybella is a revolutionary new treatment available at MIRA Clinic Perth that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of stubborn pockets of fat. Kybella injectables contain a synthetic material called deoxycholic acid that is similar to the bile salt that is naturally produced by the liver. This specialised acid helps destroy fat cells and ensures the body can absorb it too.

The injections will be used to target small, isolated areas underneath the chin. Once administered, the ingredients will destroy the fat and your body will eliminate it naturally.

It should be noted that patients will more than likely need to receive more than one injection to achieve the desired result. Each round of injections will be administered a month apart.

Before the injections are administered, the chin area will be numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream to reduce any discomfort. The doctor will then follow a grid of dots to administer the appropriate number of injections, evenly. Most patients will receive between 10 and 20 injections in one session and the entire process won’t take longer than 15 minutes. Patients can return to their normal routine directly after their treatment.

Kybella patients can expect some slight swelling and redness under the chin following their treatment but these side effects are always very mild and can be treated with ice packs. You will be able to see the first results of your treatments after 1 to 2 Kybella sessions but in some cases, several more sessions may be required.

At the moment, Kybella has only be approved for treating fat underneath the chin, helping contour the chin and neck area to achieve a more desirable profile.

Be sure to only consult with and receive injections from a qualified doctor who is experienced with this type of treatment.