Cosmetic surgeries are the order of the day, especially in high-income countries where cosmetic wellness is nowadays considered a matter of privilege. To give you an idea, 1.8 million surgical procedures and 1.6 million minimally invasive surgeries were performed for cosmetic purposes in 2019 in the United States alone.
Breast augmentation remains the dominant choice globally and, behind it, are other procedures such as liposuction, nose reshaping or eyelid surgery. Without a doubt, the attributes we are born with or develop over time no longer condition us as individuals, as with time and money almost any aesthetic issue can be fixed.
From breast augmentation to blepharoplasty, we have already covered many of the most common cosmetic surgeries here. Today, it’s time to to fix the spotlight on the double chin, that aesthetic imbalance that brings headaches especially to people over 40 years old.. If you want to know all about surgery to remove double chin (and alternative techniques without going under the knife), read on.
What is double chin?
The double chin is, generally, a layer of subcutaneous fat that hangs under the chinforming a more or less noticeable wrinkle. This aesthetic issue is very common in overweight and obese people because, as you can imagine, the more fat is stored at a physiological level, the more it promotes the appearance of a double chin.
The Spanish Society of Aesthetic Medicine (SEME) indicates that there are 3 general types of double chin. Among them, we find the following:
- The first of the causes is the loss of skin elasticity, very common in older people.
- Secondly, double chin can also arise from the accumulation of fatty tissue. This is more common in obese people, but can also occur without being overweight.
- Thirdly, a double chin can also arise from a loss of strength in the neck muscle, which causes it to sag.
Identifying each of these types of double chin is simple. For example, if when pinching the appearance, an accumulation of tissue is noticed, we will be faced with its fatty variant, while if it slides easily when grasped, it is probably a skin and/or muscle issue.
What to do to eliminate the double chin?
First of all, it is necessary to point out an uncomfortable reality: if the double chin is caused by obesity, this aesthetic imbalance is the least of the problems that the patient will face. Yes, a double chin can be surgically corrected, but an obese person will still be more likely to develop colorectal cancer, heart disease, accelerated cellular aging and, in general, will have a shortened life expectancy.
In cases of obesity, it is always best to seek the advice of a nutritionist and a psychologist simultaneously to tackle food addiction both physically and emotionally. Diets, exercises and even certain surgical procedures can literally save the life of an obese person.
If your case is different and you are simply concerned about this aesthetic imbalance and you find yourself in body limits outside the pathological, continue reading, because the surgery to remove the double chin is a fairly simple and accessible process for the general population, if you have the money to pay for it.
Procedure of the surgery to eliminate the double chin
First of all, it is necessary to note that this is a type of liposuction. The procedure begins with a local anesthesia plus sedation and, once the patient is numb, a cut is made at the level of the chin or behind the ears and a metallic micro-cannula of about 2-3 millimeters in diameter is introduced. Once this tube is inserted, an aspiration of the excess subcutaneous fat is performed for a maximum of 1-2 hours..
In cases where patients have short necks, narrow jawlines or extremely sagging skin, it can also be used to perform an excess skin removal, or what is the same, a cervical lift.
This process is of an outpatient nature, which is why the patient can return home the same day of the procedure. Even so, it takes about a month for the swelling in the operated area to subside completely and, additionally, another month / month and a half for the patient to return home on the same day of the procedure, another month / month and a half to normalize the skin over the extracted fat..
Post-surgical care is a little more involved than one might expect for such a superficial procedure. Ice should be applied to the swollen area during the first 2-3 days after surgery, sleep with cushions to keep the neck raised, do not exercise for a month and wear a chin guard (bandage) during the first week of recovery. In any case, the results are very good and patients usually leave the clinic very happy.
Although it is not very frequentAlthough not very frequent, any type of cosmetic surgery may present certain complications. Among them, we find the following:
- Skin infection.
- Allergic reaction to medication or anesthesia.
- Formation of fat or blood clots (thrombi) that, in the worst case, could reach the lungs or heart with disastrous effects.
- Fluid accumulation under the skin.
- Temporary numbness in the area where the double chin used to be.
- Physiological problems derived from the osmotic imbalance produced after the suction of adipose tissue.
What to expect from the surgery?
Jowl liposuction has 3 main benefits for the patient. for the patient. These are the following:
- It noticeably decreases the accumulation of fatty tissue stored under the chin.
- It redefines the jawline and shapes the neck area.
- It gives a more youthful appearance to the face.
However, the clinics consulted warn the following: a good candidate for jowl reduction is the one who presents an excess of subcutaneous fat, but not accompanied by excess skin or flaccidity in the affected area. In this case, a facelift in the submental region is contemplated, something completely different (but accessory in some cases) to liposuction.
It is also necessary to underline that the best results will be reported by those young people with smooth and strong skin.. In these cases, the epidermal layer is sufficiently elastic so that it can adapt to the jaw border on its own, which makes it very difficult for skin folds or “flaps” to appear after the operation. In the case of older people this has to be done artificially by means of a “facelift”, which increases the costs and the overall procedure.
Alternative options and price
One of the most popular alternatives today is the injection of the drug BelkyraA synthetic drug approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States) that promotes the metabolization of local fats, which causes them to be “reabsorbed” by the body itself. 4 to 6 sessions per month are required for this treatment to produce results for as long as necessary.
This method may be appropriate, but only in cases where the accumulation of fat is not very exaggerated. It is up to you to decide which procedure to follow, but we recommend that you discuss the options with your trusted dermatologist before deciding on a specific one. As they say, every patient is different, so it is best to receive professional care before making a monetary investment.
Speaking of money, it’s time to open your wallet and calculate funds. A jowl liposuction usually has a base price of 1,250 euros, which can easily be increased up to 1,250 euros.1,250, which can easily be increased up to 2,500 depending on the facility where it is performed and the particularities of the patient. Undoubtedly, we are facing an intervention that is not exactly cheap.
What can we say without conditioning the readers? Each person is the owner of his or her body and, as such, can choose to spend the money on what most satisfies him or her without fear of external prejudices. Even so, we must emphasize once again that, in overweight and obese people, this is one of the issues that should be of least concern.
Most double chins arise from unhealthy lifestyles that, if nipped in the bud, can make them disappear without spending a single euro. Having a healthy routine not only translates into aesthetics, but also into health and years of life, the most precious asset for human beings.