How To Slim Your Face and Chin Without Surgery
Although face lifts, neck lifts and liposuction can be fantastic ways to achieve a slimmer look, they’re not for everyone. But if you want to find a less invasive, non-surgical alternative to these classic procedures, you’re in luck. In recent years there has been an impressive advance in fat-reducing technology, so getting rid of that pesky double chin—or other stubborn areas of fat around your cheeks—has never been easier. Let’s have a look at some of your options:
Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment which can yield fantastic improvements to the appearance of your chin. The active ingredient is a synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is injected into the area under your chin in order to break down excess fat. That may sound daunting, but deoxycholic acid is a actually molecule which occurs naturally in your body, and helps with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
Full results can often be seen after just two to four treatments. No incisions are required, and the injections can be performed in a doctor’s office rather than in an operating theatre. Some patients are better candidates for Kybella than others, but an experienced facial plastic surgeon will be able to assess the overall appearance of your face and chin, and tell you if it’s right for you.
Botox and Other Injectables
The classic Botox, and other cosmetic fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, are technically “volume adders”, so you might be surprised to hear that they can sometimes give your face a slimmer appearance. Depending on the exact shape of your face, an experienced surgeon may be able to create an illusion of a slimmer face by injecting a filler into the lateral parts (outer edges) of your cheeks. Botox can also be used to relax your masseter muscle, which may be responsible for some of the chunkiness of your cheeks and jaw. Fillers can be used to give your chin more sharpness and definition, improving the overall balance of your lower face.
Another FDA-approved treatment, CoolSculpting, destroys fat by a process of controlled freezing. Unlike Kybella, which is specifically targeted at the area under your chin, CoolSculpting is most often used to reduce resistant pockets of fat in areas like your thighs and abdomen. It can sometimes be useful in treating neck fat, and for the right candidate, results can be excellent. Generally, you need to have fairly tight skin for it to be effective. It’s better at treating smaller areas of stubborn fat than removing large excesses, which may be better dealt with through liposuction or dieting. It usually takes between four and twelve weeks for results to be visible.
As always, the best way to know which method is right for you is to consult a doctor who can tailor an approach to your unique facial features. Dr. Siegel is a facial plastic surgeon with vast experience in facial and neck procedures. To find out more about how you can achieve a slimmer look without surgery, contact him today!