Can a Mini Facelift Treat a Double Chin? What Other Options Do I Have? By The Landings Surgical Centre on July 01, 2024

woman with a firm chin and strong jawlineExcess skin and fat beneath the chin often make people self-conscious about their appearance. Unfortunately, there are no easy home remedies for a double chin. Exercises don’t effectively target stubborn fat deposits, and loose skin around the chin is usually caused by collagen loss.

While at-home remedies don’t typically treat a double chin, cosmetic procedures, like a mini facelift to tighten facial skin, can help. Plastic surgeons at The Landings Surgical Centre, which serves Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, are frequently asked, “Can a mini facelift treat a double chin, and what other options do I have?” Here we discuss the most effective solutions for a double chin.

Causes of a Double Chin

Many people are unhappy with their appearance due to a double chin. A double chin is excess layers of fat or skin beneath the chin that gives the appearance of a second chin. Some individuals assume that a double chin only affects individuals who are overweight but that is not true. Several factors can cause a double chin, including:

  • A buildup of fat deposits
  • Weight gain
  • Aging
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Genetics

When a double chin is caused by weight gain or a buildup of fat deposits, diet and exercises to promote weight loss may improve the appearance of the chin. However, results are often limited because fat around the chin seldomly responds to diet and exercise efforts, and even if a person loses fat from beneath the chin, loose skin is likely to remain a concern.

Treating a Double Chin with a Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is one of the most effective treatments for a double chin. A mini facelift is very similar to a traditional facelift, but it targets the middle to lower third of the face. A mini facelift utilizes tiny incisions to remove excess skin from the cheeks, mouth, chin, and upper neck. The remaining tissues are lifted to give the facial skin a smoother, firmer appearance.

A mini facelift is ideal for our Halifax patients who require minimal lift or want to target specific areas of concern, such as a double chin. For those who do not require a full facelift, a mini facelift offers benefits such as:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Reduced surgical risks
  • Fewer side effects
  • Faster recovery

Other Double Chin Treatment Options

While a mini facelift can treat a double chin, there are other cosmetic treatment options for people to consider. Depending on the extent of skin sagging and fat deposit buildup, patients may also be candidates for a neck lift or liposuction.

Liposuction uses a thin surgical tool (cannula) to break up and remove stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction can effectively remove fat from beneath the chin but does not eliminate excess skin or treat sagging.

Like a facelift, a neck lift can remove excess fat and skin to create a firmer and smoother appearance. However, a neck lift targets the upper neck, making it especially effective at defining the jawline and eliminating a large double chin.

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When diet and exercise fail to eliminate a double chin, it may be time to consider cosmetic treatment. To learn more about a mini facelift and the other cosmetic procedures that can effectively treat a double chin, contact The Landings Surgical Centre online and schedule a consultation.

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  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
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