Like most men and women, you are probably keen on getting rid of your double chin. In the age of social media and oversharing, everything is documented and exposed—including your more unflattering angles. But as individuals, we loathe the idea of letting society see our imperfections, such as loose or sagging skin. Genetics, lifestyle and aging can all affect the chin and neck areas in different ways. Dr. Stallworth is here to educate patients of all ages about the chin—and surgical options to improve its appearance.
Double Chins and Weak Chins
First, let’s define two very common hereditary chin issues: the double chin and the “weak” chin. The appearance of a “double chin” is one of the most common concerns among aging adults, but it’s also a bit of a misnomer. The double chin is certainly not a second rigid chin; it’s actually an extra layer of submental fat under the natural chin.
While weight gain or obesity may come into play, often a double chin is hereditary and may have nothing to do with how healthy you are. While this condition may not be as apparent at a young age, the natural aging process can make a genetic double chin especially pronounced, usually starting in the 40s and occasionally earlier.
Another common chin concern is the “weak” or receding chin. This is usually related to a hereditary condition called retrogenia, when the chin naturally projects slightly backward toward the neck. However, sometimes this recession can mimic the look of a double chin.
Luckily there’s a highly effective surgical solution for a weak chin. Dr. Stallworth adds a bone-like implant at the chin area, often in combination with liposuction and a mini lift. Additionally, after a chin and neck lift, our team can apply a non-surgical laser treatment to bring out the best in the skin and help highlight the new results.
Entirely different from hereditary issues like the double or weak chin, are changes in the chin and neck area as we age. People often confuse a combination of accumulated fat and fullness over time, along with natural muscle dissention and skin accumulation, with a double chin. In many ways they appear the same. It can be confusing.
That’s where Dr. Stallworth’s expertise comes in. He can help patients distinguish between hereditary and aging chin issues and plan the right treatment for the right chin.
What Is the Next Step?
Depending on the original shape and size of your chin, your procedure may include getting facial implants, enlarging the chin, or reducing the chin. Dr. Stallworth will work with you to help you determine the best option or surgery for your face type in relation to your other facial features.
To start the journey toward a beautiful and confident life, contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Stallworth. Together, you can discover the possibilities that chin augmentation can bring to your life.