Addressing the Double Chin: Understanding and Treating Submental Fullness

Deemesh Oudit - Manchester Plastic Surgery

1. What is Double Chin?

A double chin, medically referred to as submental fullness, is a common condition characterized by an extra layer of fat forming beneath the chin and jawline. This can result in a less defined profile and, for many, a source of self-consciousness. While it is often associated with weight gain, a double chin can also be influenced by genetics and skin laxity. It is not exclusive to individuals who are overweight; even those with a healthy body weight can experience submental fullness due to other factors. The presence of a double chin can affect the overall balance and symmetry of the face, which is why many seek ways to address this concern.

2. What Causes Double Chin?

Several factors can contribute to the development of a double chin. One of the most common is weight gain, as excess fat deposits can accumulate in the submental area. However, genetics also play a significant role; some individuals may be predisposed to having more fat cells in this region, regardless of their body weight.

Aging is another contributing factor. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and the muscles in the neck and chin area may weaken, leading to sagging skin that creates the appearance of a double chin. Additionally, poor posture can exacerbate the issue by weakening the surrounding neck muscles, further emphasizing the double chin.

Lifestyle choices, such as a diet high in calories, processed foods, and unhealthy fats, can increase body fat, including in the submental area. A lack of regular exercise can also lead to the development of a double chin, as can certain health conditions that promote weight gain or fluid retention.

3. How to Treat Double Chin:

Addressing a double chin can involve various medical interventions. Dr. Deemesh Oudit offers a range of treatments in his clinic that cater to this specific condition. These include:

  • Neck Lift (Rhytidectomy): A surgical procedure that effectively reduces the appearance of a double chin by removing excess skin and fat, resulting in a more defined and youthful jawline and neck contour.
  • Liposuction: This surgical technique is used to remove excess fat from under the chin and neck area, providing a more sculpted and refined appearance to the jawline.

Each treatment option is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and condition severity. During a personalized consultation, Dr. Oudit discusses these options in detail, helping patients choose the best course of action for their specific situation.


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Tina Bridges Avatar Tina Bridges
January 18, 2023

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Mandi Allen Avatar Mandi Allen
October 18, 2023

I made a decision to have my left ear pinned back because it was very prominent. I made an approach to the local BMI hospital and was given an appointment to consult with Mr Deemish. He explained the procedure to me and I left the consultation happy and confident that he would do a great job. Two weeks after the consultation I had the opertation. The operation was performed under a local anaesthetic, I did not feel anything apart from the injection. My ear was dressed and my head wrapped in a bandage, I had to keep this one for one week. I had mild pain and discomfort but was able to control that with paracetamol. When the nurse removed the bandage and dressing to reveal the result I was amazed and delighted with the result. It is now three weeks since the operation and I have no pain or discomfort. My ear looks "normal" and I am really pleased. Thank you Mr Oudit.

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January 18, 2020

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