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How to Lose a Double Chin

Close up of woman with beautiful neckExercise doesn’t always work when you are trying to tone a specific area. So-called “spot reduction” through a healthy lifestyle is a myth, and no amount of dieting or exercises are guaranteed to successfully eliminate a double chin. The following four cosmetic procedures can help you achieve a slender and defined neckline once and for all with long-lasting results.

KYBELLA®

KYBELLA® is one of the newest injectables on the market. This prescription medicine is specially formulated for the treatment of submental fullness (a double chin). The active ingredient in this non-surgical treatment is deoxycholic acid, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. After KYBELLA® is injected, patients return to their typical daily activities, and the deoxycholic acid begins to destroy the fat cells under the chin. As the weeks and months pass, the body will flush away the destroyed cells, leading to a noticeable reduction in submental fullness. Depending on the amount of fat distribution under their chin, patients may need between one and six treatment sessions with KYBELLA® to achieve their desired results.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that removes fat from targeted areas. If you have stubborn fat under your chin, liposuction can help. There are several different surgical techniques, but they all require small incisions, the insertion of a thin tube, and the extraction of fat through the tube via suction. There is typically a short period of recovery with some swelling and bruising, after which you can return to normal life. Many patients need only one treatment session with liposuction to remove their double chin.

PrecisionTx™

PrecisionTx™ is a laser contouring and skin tightening system for the neck and lower face. If you have mild to moderate skin laxity and desire better definition along the jawline and neck, PrecisionTx™ can help. This one-hour, minimally invasive treatment is performed under either local anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Schlechter makes small incisions under the chin and below each ear. He then inserts the PrecisionTx™ laser fiber through a tube just under the skin, where it delivers laser energy wavelengths. This laser energy disrupts the underlying tissue, causing collagen formation and tissue contraction. After a short recovery period, patients can return to work and will see the results gradually improve over the next three to six months. PrecisionTx™ is a one-time treatment that offers lasting results for tightening and toning the skin beneath the chin.

truSculpt®

truSculpt® is an optimized radio frequency fat reduction and skin tightening system that can target stubborn fat without invasive surgery. Safe for use on numerous areas of the body, including the neck and chin area, truSculpt® can improve skin tone and get rid of unwanted fat. Anesthesia is not required. The truSculpt® device is held to the target area, and pulses of radio-frequency energy are transmitted through the skin. This energy destroys the fat cells, and the body gets rid of them naturally. There is no downtime with truSculpt®. The results become noticeable within a few weeks and improve for a few months. Two or more treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results. This non-invasive procedure can help those who wish to get rid of stubborn fat on the neck or other areas but are not good candidates for surgical procedures.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, M.D., F.A.C.S. has over 20 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. Having performed tens of thousands of procedures as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Schlechter can help you determine which treatment is best for your needs and will help you eliminate your double chin for good. To request your appointment, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.

Spider Vein Treatment With Laser Therapy

Spider veins are spiky and thin veins that may form on the face and legs. While generally harmless, these unsightly veins can tarnish your complexion. If your skin is marked by noticeable spider veins, laser vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can eliminate your spider veins and produce a more even skin tone.

Before & After Photos of Laser Treatments for Spider Veins

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins form when vein valves weaken, causing blood to back up instead of flowing naturally through the vein. The most common causes of spider veins are aging, weight gain, hormones, sun exposure, pregnancy, injuries, prolonged standing or sitting, and genetics. Though usually harmless, these veins may itch or burn. Most people consider them a nuisance and an embarrassment. Without treatment, spider veins are permanent. People who are not aware of the Cutera® excel V™ laser may feel forced to conceal their spider veins by wearing pants or applying makeup concealer.

How Can the Cutera® excel V™ Laser Help?

The Cutera® excel V™ laser is a simple treatment that can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore evenly toned skin. This laser can treat a wide range of veins from small spider veins to deep blue reticular veins with nice results.

Your treatment may begin with the application of a topical anesthetic if desired, after which the laser will be applied. The laser will deliver short pulses of light energy into the skin. This laser energy causes the blood vessels to constrict and collapse. Over the following weeks, the blood will reroute to new, healthy veins, and the destroyed vein will fade away. For small or minor spider veins, only one or two treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results. This quick and easy treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can resolve spider veins with minimal or no downtime and permanent results.

Spider vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore a balanced and even skin tone. To learn more about this treatment, request your personal consultation with Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment with us today.