Double chins are the appearance of having an ‘extra’ chin under the actual chin, which is caused by sagging skin and fats below the jaw. Also known as ‘submental fat’, a double chin is something that appearance-conscious people may frown upon, because it can make a person look fatter or older than they actually are.
However, double chins are not always a result of being overweight. People of normal weight and slim figure can also have submental fat. Below, we explore some reasons for the occurrence of double chin in people:
As a person ages, the skin loses its elasticity. This is also why people get wrinkles as they grow older. The loose skin under the chin gradually sags with age, thus giving the appearance of a double chin.
A diet high in fats can lead to the formation of a double chin, due to excess fats in the body. Weight gain from overeating or unhealthy diets can also result in double chins. You might be able to get rid of a double chin arising from poor diet through losing weight.
Unfortunately for some, double chins may run in the family. Some people’s biological makeup simply gives them less elasticity in the skin, or a more pronounced submental area.
Long hours of hunching over the computer or smartphone can lead to a phenomenon called ‘tech neck’ – defined by aching and stiff neck muscles, as well as sagging skin below the chin. Poor posture leads to weakened neck muscles, which contributes to a loss of elasticity and double chin.
Depending on the cause of your double chin, you may be able to find some methods that will help you reduce or eliminate it. If you are bothered by your double chin, here are some methods you can try!
Exercise is a great all-rounder for helping one lose weight. For weight-related double chin, exercise can be effective in shedding the submental fat as well. Exercise can also ward off double chin resulting from poor posture. Specific exercises that strengthen and firm up the neck muscles can be performed to help tighten up the appearance under the chin.
Botox is a well-known cosmetic procedure used for reducing wrinkles and firming up saggy skin. Its effects are also applicable for the chin area, and can contribute to reducing the appearance of a saggy chin. Chin botox is a non-invasive procedure suitable for those who find no effects of exercise and weight loss for their double chin.
Thread lifting is a procedure that uses absorbable threads to contour the face. When used at the jawline, it can give an immediate lifting effect that minimises the appearance of a double chin and give the jawline a more defined look. The procedure also stimulates collagen production, which gives skin elasticity a boost for a firmer and youthful result.
There are several more methods you can explore to treat your double chin, like the HIFU treatment, or dermal fillers. If you want to know more about them, feel free to contact a trusted medical aesthetic practitioner.