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A double chin can often be resolved with neck lift surgery.

If you are concerned about a double chin, you are certainly not alone. Many people notice this issue, especially as they get older. The good news is that is often possible to resolve the problem and achieve a more pleasing facial shape. Although each person is different, and the treatment that you choose will depend on your particular needs, your surgeon may recommend a combination of approaches to get rid of excess fat and tighten your skin for a firmer, more defined neck and chin.

One of the best ways to get rid of a double chin is by means of neck lift surgery — read on to find out what this involves…

What is a double chin?

Also known as submental fat, a double chin occurs when an excess layer of fat forms below the chin. Although a double chin can be a side-effect of weight gain, other factors can also contribute to this common issue. These include genetics, as well as loose skin and a loss of skin elasticity caused by the natural ageing process.

As we get older, the skin tends to get thinner and weaker over time and the body produces less of the proteins that keep the skin firm and plump. This leads to sagging skin, which often affects the area under the jaw and in the neck area.

What are the treatment options?

Sagging skin in the neck area, as well as excess fat under the chin, are common concerns as one begins to age. In fact, the neck is often the first place to show visible signs of ageing. If you have noticed excess fat and loose skin in the area of the neck, chin and jaw, your surgeon might recommend one or a few procedures.

To get rid of excess fat from under the chin, liposuction is often an effective option. But, if you would like to remove excess skin and tighten the neck muscles, it is worth considering neck lift surgery.

What does neck lift surgery involve?

The purpose of neck lift surgery is to remove excess skin and fat and tighten the muscles for improved definition in the area of the chin and neck. The surgery can resolve a range of issues, including excess or sagging skin in the lower face; deposits of fat under the chin; loose neck skin; and muscle banding in the neck. In fact, the treatment often goes a long way in improving many of the visible signs of aging and helps to achieve a smoother, more youthful-looking contour.

Although the procedure is highly effective, it is important to understand that neck lift surgery cannot stop the aging process. It does however create excellent definition and a well-defined profile while achieving a natural, but rejuvenated result.

How can we help?

Dr Sophie Ricketts offers a range of procedures for the face and neck, including neck lift surgery. If you are concerned with some of the visible effects of ageing, such as excess fat or sagging skin in the area of the jaw, chin and neck, we encourage you to come in for a consultation.

Many of the effects of ageing can be reversed or reduced with face and neck lift surgery, and Dr Ricketts will work hard to achieve natural and pleasing results. You might choose to combine your procedure with another treatment, such as a facelift for optimal results.

To find out more about neck lift surgery and what it involves, as well as to see some before and after images of patients who have had a neck lift surgery and liposuction,  please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Dr Sophie Ricketts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here.