Otherwise known as submental fat, a double chin is caused by a combination of excess fats under the jaw and loose skin at the chin and neck area. In the world of selfies and social media, having a double chin can make us feel embarrassed and deflate our confidence.
There are plenty of reasons why people develop a double chin, and it isn’t always due to weight gain. Both men and women of all ages can get a double chin, although most people begin to notice it in their 30s.
This is largely due to the natural ageing process – as we grow older, our metabolism starts to slow down and our skin starts to sag due to the loss of collagen and elastin resources – the essential fibres that make up the connective tissues of our skin and give it structure and elasticity.
Other possible reasons include our genetics, natural facial structure (those with a small chin are more susceptible to getting a double chin), poor posture and even sun exposure can lead to a more obvious double chin.
Having a double chin can be a serious downer; however, there is now a minimally invasive and effective way of getting rid of that little extra padding under the jawline. Find out how our aesthetic doctors can achieve excellent face sculpting with zero downtime!
Get surgical facelift results without going under the knife
The ideal double chin removal treatment addresses three things: fat removal, tightening of loose skin and contouring of the jawline area for long-lasting results.
At our aesthetic clinic, we have come up with a unique protocol to target all three concerns using HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) SygmaLIFT and Silhouette Soft thread lift to melt facial fats, restore volume and contour the face to your desires!
HIFU SygmaLIFT is a proprietary treatment that utilises powerful ultrasound technology to target specific areas on the face for effective facial remodelling.
Some of the key benefits of HIFU SygmaLIFT include:
- Slimmer jawline
- Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
- Pore reduction
- Tighter and smoother skin
- Reduced double chin and jowls
A 2018 review that looked at 231 studies showed that ultrasound technology is safe and effective for skin and body tightening and cellulite reduction. Another study was done with 73 women and two men who underwent HIFU facials also reported an 80% improvement in facial and neck skin!
The reason why HIFU works so well for double chin removal is that it can reach an optimal temperature (between 60°C and 70°C) to induce controlled cellular damage; stimulating the skin to produce collagen and elastin.
Able to work in three different depths (1.5mm, and 4.5mm), it tightens and targets the SMAS layer (the muscle responsible for wrinkles and loose skin) of the skin; melting away excess fats and lifting the tissues – the same layer that cosmetic surgeons treat during surgical facelifts.
Because HIFU SygmaLIFT works using fractionated HIFU, this allows for a painless experience as compared to other treatments like Ultherapy. The treatment also involves a cool laser beam (635mm) that encourages healing and a brighter, clearer skin tone!
Results can be seen within 3 months, as collagen and elastin production takes time to rebuild itself. In fact, only 1 or 2 sessions is required, with results lasting up to 6-12 months with proper aftercare. Maintenance treatments are only required once every 12-18 months.
Fun fact: The Clifford Clinic is one of the first few clinics in Singapore to offer HIFU SygmaLIFT!
Our doctor enjoy employing HIFU SygmaLIFT with the Silhouette Soft thread lift for better results! This is an FDA-approved treatment that helps to lift sagging tissues and reposition facial volumes using tiny bio-absorbable threads.
While there are many different types of threads in the market; Silhouette Soft, otherwise known as the “one-stitch facelift”, uses specialised sutures made of poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) with bidirectional cones that help anchor the subcutaneous fat and pull the skin up – in other words, achieving facelift results without the need for any incisions or knives!
Anywhere from 1-4 threads are carefully inserted into the skin – on top of achieving immediate lifting results, the threads gradually break down to stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin for gradual, longer-lasting results that happens over the 3-6 months post-treatment. The threads then fully dissolve in about 12-18 months where you might want to get another treatment to maintain your results.
The entire procedure can be done in under an hour with no downtime at all! Other than some mild bruising and swelling, this treatment boasts an excellent safety and tolerance profile. Depending on the lift you desire and your natural facial structure, our doctors may also recommend adding Botox to add even more definition.
Liposuction is a popular procedure that removes excess fat by extracting it from target areas using a specialised vacuum. This is an ideal procedure for individuals who are already at their ideal body weight but are struggling to remove stubborn pockets of fat, including the dreaded double chin.
Local anaesthesia is administered before the procedure to keep the process comfortable for patients. The doctor then makes a small incision in the treatment area before inserting a thin tube that is connected to a vacuum machine to remove excess fat via suction.
Our clinic performs VASER liposuction – a less invasive and much safer liposuction technique that utilises ultrasound technology to emulsify and break down the fats – thus minimising the damage to nearby tissues. Some mild swelling, soreness and bruising can be expected after the procedure.
Generally a safe procedure, some risk of complications include dehydration, inflammation and possible infection; however, this should not occur under the hands of a well-trained and experienced surgeon. While liposuction takes longer than HIFU SygmaLIFT and thread lifts, it delivers permanent results that will remain with proper aftercare and healthy lifestyle changes!
Stop letting your double chin get in the way of your confidence.
At the end of the day, while you can try your best to do as many neck and chin exercises and eat a healthy diet, there is no guarantee that you will have a more defined jawline.
Our doctors at The Clifford Clinic are dedicated to offering minimally invasive treatments with zero downtime, including the FUE hair transplant and acne treatments that are medically proven and scientifically backed to work.
For older people with more extensive photo-ageing and severe skin laxity, the HIFU SygmaLIFT and Silhouette Soft thread lift might not be suitable for you. In that case, arrange an appointment with our doctors so they can better assess your situation and design a personalised treatment plan for you!