We’ve all been there. We do all the right things— diet, exercise, prayers you name it. But our latest Instagram photo caught us sporting ‘gasp’ a double chin! Is it just the lighting? Do our eyes deceive us?
Double chin occurs when subcutaneous fat deposits and accumulate around the neck and the underside of the jawline, pushing the skin to sag downwards. Double chin can occur irrespective of age and gender. It’s heartening to know that even celebrities get them. The difference is that they probably do something about them before the whole world even gets a whiff of their less-than-perfect instagram photo! Before, you swap your entire wardrobe for turtlenecks, try one of these innovative methods that celebs use to look picture perfect.
“A shot that dissolves fat will offer people with a double chin a way to get rid of it without surgery” explains Dr Low Chai Ling
“A shot that dissolves fat will offer people with a double chin a way to get rid of it without surgery” explains Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic. The FDA approved the new drug, called Kybella, in June 2015 though it hasn’t been officially launched in Singapore yet.
“Kybella is identical to something your body makes called deoxycholic acid. It works by destroying fat cells” says Dr Low. According to Dr Low who has a list of patients eagerly waiting for this treatment to be available at her clinic, patients will need a series of 10-15 injections per visit, and a total of two to three total visits, spaced a month apart for best results. Each treatment should take no longer than 30 minutes including numbing cream.
Best for: Patients with fatty deposits resulting in double chin appearance.
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“By augmenting deficient chins with fillers, you can restore the overall shape of the face. At the same time, by enhancing the length of the chin, you are able to conceal the appearance of your double chin from view” explains Dr Low Chai Ling
How does Chin Fillers help double chin you ask? This secret to contouring has been utilized by many celeb aesthetic doctors to help their A-list stars look younger without surgery. As one gets older, it is a known fact that our jaw bone resorbs and shrinks, making our overall face shape slightly shorter and squarer. As a result, our double chin which previously ‘hides’ behind our youthful chin is exposed and looks more prominent.
“By augmenting deficient chins with fillers, you can restore the overall shape of the face, redefining it to look youthful and V-shape. At the same time, by enhancing the length of the chin, you are able to conceal the appearance of your double chin from view” explains Dr Low Chai Ling who sees at least 5-10 patients a week for chin fillers at her clinic. The beauty of this procedure is its relative ease; it takes about 30 minutes to do chin fillers and when done well, is associated with little downtime. Secondly, most ladies love that it kills two birds with one stone — it not only solves their double chin issue but gives them a more V-shape face instantly.
Best for: Patients with mild to moderate double chin, as well as a short or receding chin.
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NECK THREAD LIFT
“The great thing about Infinity Neck Lift is that it takes about 30 minutes and patients can return to work immediately after” explains Dr Kenneth Lee.
For those adamant about not having surgery, but want significant skin firming improvements around the neck line, Neck Thread lifts such as the latest Infinity Neck Lift can offer the answer. Super fine collagen-stimulating threads that are 100% bio-absorbable are inserted into the undersides of the jaw to lift the skin. These threads dissolve in 3-6 months, but leave behind a matrix of collagen that maintain the lift thereafter for the next 12-18 months.
“The great thing about Infinity Neck Lift is that it takes about 30 minutes and patients can return to work immediately after” explains Dr Kenneth Lee, whose patients often rave about the results from his meticulous neck thread lifts. Despite a growing waiting list for neck thread lift with Dr Lee, most patients interviewed would still rather wait for the procedure than try anything else. “My friends have done thread lifts on their neck and face and I have seen the results. Besides, at 32, I think I am still too young for surgery” explains Chloe, who has an appointment scheduled for her Infinity neck thread lift next month.
Best for: Patients with loose, sagging skin only.
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“Patients love the significant difference as Vaser lipo not only removes fat but also tightens skin simultaneously!” says Dr Tan Ying Chien
A step up from traditional liposuction, vaser liposuction uses ultrasound to break down the fat deposits before removing them via suction. It works particularly well for small pockets of fat such as double chins. The Vaser lipo procedure commences with a special saline solution injection in the ‘double chin’, which works to numb the area to help make it a painless process. This saline solution also restricts nearby blood vessels to help prevent blood flow, while temporarily expanding the area so that it is easier to remove the fat from the double chin.
Following the injection, small incisions are then made in the double chin, in which to insert a small ultrasonic probe. This gives off high frequency energy to shake the fat cells loose and emulsify it to make the fat suitable for removal from the double chin. This fat can then be removed from the body using a gentle suction technique.
“Afterwards, you will be put in a chin support which you must wear for the next one week” explains Dr Tan Ying Chien, consultant plastic surgeon of SW1 Clinic.
“We recommend aftercare using our Ultrasound therapy with some manual lymphatic drainage about 2-3 times a week for the first 3 weeks to optimize recovery,” he says. “Patients love the significant difference as Vaser lipo not only removes fat but also tightens skin simultaneously!”
Best for: moderate to severe fat deposits as well as sagging skin
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