double chin

Time to Do Something About That Double Chin?

Is liposuction the best option for getting rid of a double chin?

The past months have been challenging in a variety of ways. Adjusting to a global pandemic is not something that we have had any training for, or, as it turns out, much of an idea of just how many areas of our lives would be affected. That said, next to losing or having a loved one seriously ill or being ill ourselves, the social distancing aspect has, for most of us, been the most difficult. 

We’ve learned how to find and, let’s be honest, “hoard” essentials like toilet paper and disinfectant. Eating at home has taken some adjustment, but we’ve managed, with many making restaurant bucket lists of their favorites to hit once things go back to some semblance of normal. But we simply cannot seem to adjust to missing our friends and family. 

When we first embarked upon social distancing, many of us were encouraged by access to Zoom. Affordable and easy to use, even for the less technical, Zoom seemed to be the answer for staying in touch with those we miss, as well as becoming a communication tool for those finding themselves working from home. To be fair, it has been helpful, but, for many, it didn’t take long to realize it does not take the place of in-person interaction. 

The Zoom Double Chin

Providing less than satisfying personal connections is not the only issue that has arisen with Zoom. Staring at their image on a Zoom screen has created a great deal of angst for people. All of a sudden they see themselves the way others see them. Add bad lighting and unflattering angles and the toll on self-confidence has been considerable. Cookie sales have sky-rocketed, and search engines report increased requests for information on cosmetic surgery for double chins, nose jobs, and facelifts. 

Is the “Zoom double chin” a real thing? Yes. And no. It is possible to have the excess fat layer and loose tissue under the chin that makes up what is referred to as submental fat, or double chin, and become more aware of it on Zoom. It is also possible that the angle of your Zoom screen exaggerates perception.  

Options for Improving Appearance of a Double Chin

The first step in your mission of changing the way you look on Zoom is to make sure that your perceptions are accurate. Go back to your regular mirror. Ask those around you. Then, if you are still convinced that you do have an issue, make an appointment with a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon for a consultation. An experienced professional should be able to offer guidance, not only on what you can expect from work targeting your chin but whether it is a good option for you.

Once you have decided to reduce the appearance of a double chin, there are several options that your surgeon will discuss with you, including: 

  • Liposuction – fat is sucked out of the chin and neck area by a tube inserted through a small incision
  • KYBELLA – minimally invasive procedure that destroys fat cells under the skin with a series of injections of synthetic deoxycholic acid
  • CoolSculpting – nonsurgical method of targeted removal of fat cells under the skin using a controlled cooling technique
  • Facelift surgery – surgical removal of loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw

Dr. Brian D. Cohen is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive training in cosmetic/reconstructive plastic surgery and has had years of experience performing a wide array of cosmetic surgery procedures, specializing in procedures of the face, eyes, nose, breast, and body and is known for his exemplary and compassionate care by his patients. Knowing that Dr. Cohen has been selected by his peers in Super Doctors for 8 years in a row in 2020 gives you the confidence that he is highly respected for his performance in his specialty. Information on locations and office hours for Cohen Plastic Surgery can be found by clicking here.