"Zoom Chin" Video-conferencing Double Chin

By Dr. Sutton Graham on May 22, 2020


Do webcams visibly add 10 pounds under the chin and jawline?  The recent pandemic has caused millions of workers to set up their home computer or laptop for teleconferencing with coworkers and customers.  Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Microsoft Teams and other solutions help us interact with colleagues.  People began to realize how important flattering lighting and camera position can be to one's appearance.   Even celebrities don't look as good when we see them without the aid of their make-up, lighting and camera professionals. 

Now we see ourselves on screen.  Being on camera makes some people more aware of how this part of their anatomy looks to others.  A low camera position has two problems.  First, it shows the under chin area more easily.  And second, it can cause the person to tilt their chin down relaxing the skin under the chin.  The attached news article highlights these issues.   

As a plastic surgeon we help patients identify normal anatomy, excess fat (the real double chin), and loose tissues.  There are treatment options for some concerns.  If there is localized fat under the skin, under the chin, and if the skin tone is good we can remove the fat.  Liposuction is the most effective solution, often under local anesthesia as an office procedure.  Gradual fat reduction with Coolsculpting treatments is a non-invasive option.  A series of Kybella injections causes fat cell destruction with each office visit over a few months.  The latter two may have swelling, but otherwise mean little downtime.  You may be surprised which options is the least expensive.  Finally, if sagging or looseness are the concern a neck lift might be the answer.

An in-person consultation is the best way to learn which treatment is best for you.  Dr. Graham will assess your anatomy and make helpful suggestions.  Or you could try tape or long hair as the article suggests.  Just kidding.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-videoconferencing-hiding-your-on-screen-double-chin-11590069979

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