Some aspects of aging have nothing to do with food restriction or how much cash is accessible to throw down on a trainer. You’ve probably heard your sister, mother, grandmother or an aunt complain about “chicken neck,” the sagging area of skin beneath the chin that’s no match for concealer or dieting. Until recently, this could only be camouflaged by a hefty turtleneck collection (or banished via surgery). That’s all history now, because there’s a growing number of alternatives targeting this trouble area.
Let’s first take a look at what causes the problem. The accumulation of fat under the chin appears with age; it's most commonly a result of genetic factors. Data from a 2014 study conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery showed that approximately 68% of people admitted concern over chin and neck fat; this number increased 8% from the previous year.
Makes sense: Who wants a prominent physical change that’s hard to cover up? The good news is that there are now a few solutions beyond somewhat-scary liposuction.
We’ve already taken a deep dive into the FDA-approved Kybella—roughly a five-minute procedure that breaks down the fat via 27 tiny injections. The downside is that you can expect some bruising and swelling. That kind of physical evidence doesn’t exactly keep the pricey beauty maintenance under the radar.
As of September, there’s also the CoolMini applicator from CoolSculpting. Another FDA-approved option, this one was developed by Harvard students. CoolMini aims to give the same results as Kybella with less pain and fewer injections. According to Dr. Diaz, a plastic surgeon who offers the treatment in his Beverly Hills office, “Most patients will need one to two treatments six weeks apart and can expect long-term results. No discomfort. No downtime.”
For those that still feel any needle is a no-no, celebrity dermatologist Dr. Lancer recently released Contour Décolleté ($185). The firming concentrate serves as a noninvasive alternative developed to deliver immediate and lasting improvements in both the delicate neck and bust areas.
We’ve seen our fair share of skin-firming products that didn’t do diddly squat, so we weren’t totally sold on this as a viable option at first. But then Victoria Beckham gushed over the product on Instagram, and it got us wondering, might this actually be a significant beauty breakthrough? We’ll keep you posted if it works for us!
Have you tried an over-the-counter product or surgical neck treatment? Let us know what worked for you (and what didn’t) below!
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