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Ways To Get Rid Of Double Chin

Can You Get Rid Of A Double Chin?

Many of us have looked in the mirror or looked at photos and been frustrated with the sight of a double chin at some point in our lives. Even people who are careful with diet and exercise can struggle with excess fat under the chin and neck.

For those who’ve already put in a lot of effort to achieve overall weight loss, the stubborn persistence of fat under the chin can be particularly disheartening

The fact is, nobody likes having excess fat around their chin and neck area but because a double chin can be the results of a number of different factors (such as genetics, weight gain or loss, or ageing), in many cases, without some extra help it can be difficult to budge.

The good news is that by understanding some of the causes of double chin, you’ll be better equipped to take the right action to help you to reshape and define your chin and neck!

Common Causes

A double chin (also known as submental fat or submental fullness) is often associated as just being caused by weight gain, however the reality is that submental fullness is experienced by a large range of people – even those who aren’t overweight.

Some of the main causes of having a double chin are:

Age

As a natural part of ageing, the collagen levels in skin are depleted which can lead to sagging skin which loses its elasticity, firmness and rosy glow. This looser skin can create the appearance of a double chin

Weight gain

While it’s true that you can have a double chin without excess overall body weight, weight gain can be a contributing factor to the appearance of excess fat and loose skin around the chin and neck. This can be exacerbated by a diet rich in high calorie, processed food.

Genetics

Even if your skin hasn’t begun to show signs of age-related sagging and you’re careful with diet and exercise, you may still suffer from a double chin purely because of your genes. Genes can be a contributing factor for people developing a chin regardless of any lifestyle choices they make. There is evidence to suggest that people with a family history of fat under the chin are more likely to develop their own body fat around the chin area.

Posture

Even something as simple as the way you sit or tilt your head can contribute to a double chin. Over time, poor posture can weaken the muscles around the chin and neck which can result in the weakening and underuse of muscles around the chin area.

How to Get Rid of a Double Chin

Diet & Lifestyle

Ensuring that you follow a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle is always an important factor in maintaining the right levels of body fat, however unfortunately in many cases, diet and exercise alone may not have any impact on your double chin.

Chin Exercises

There are some anecdotal reports of people improving the appearance of their chin area by practising certain chin-exercises, however many people find these exercises ineffective and continue to struggle with a double chin even after pursuing a rigorous routine of neck and chin exercises.

Additionally, studies do date have not shown any clinical evidence that chin exercises have an impact on reducing a double chin

Cosmetic Surgery

Some people experiencing a double chin turn to invasive surgical procedures (usually performed under general anaesthetic) such as Liposuction or Face Lift.

While a surgical procedure can remove fat under the chin and address loose skin, it also exposes the patient to a range of potentially serious complications, side effects, and often is followed by extended down-time for recovery.

Some harmful side-effects of having Cosmetic Surgery can include bleeding, facial nerve damage, infection, hematoma, numbness, scarring, skin necrosis and uneven face symmetry.

Injectables

Another option for treating a double chin is injectables. This can include Mesotherapy where a fat dissolving compound is injected into the chin, or Kybella, a metabolic by-product of intestinal bacteria.

While some people find these treatments useful, they can come with significant drawbacks. Mesotherapy can take up to six months to show full effect and may require over 100 injections, and a single treatment of Kybella can involve up to 50 injections of deoxycholic acid.

Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing)

Due to advances in treatments and technologies used in non-surgical body treatments over the past decade, many people have opted to undergo non-invasive treatments such as Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing to reduce areas of unwanted fat on their bodies, including double chin.

Cryolipolysis uses sophisticated medical-grade technology to deliver targeted cooling to the treatment area which causes the fat cells to crystallise and eventually to die.

Fat Freezing is a proven and effective solution to break down large pockets of excess fat in the chin and neck area and has undergone significant clinical trials since it was first introduced into commercial use in 2010.

HIFU Non-Surgical Face Lift

For many years, fat freezing was the only non-invasive chin sculpting technology available, however recent technological advances has introduced a new treatment using Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) technology to target double chin called HIFU Non-Surgical Facelift.

HIFU is currently the most technologically advanced facial rejuvenation treatment available today and offers noticeable, lasting results without any surgical procedures, injectables or damage caused to the skin’s surface.

The treatment helps to break down excess fat stores and enhances collagen production in the dermis leading to smoothing, contouring and wrinkle reduction. HIFU even tightens the superficial (under the skin) muscles of the face and neck which are the same muscles targeted during a surgical face lift.

Choosing Your Treatment

When choosing the best treatment to target and reduce your double chin, it is important to take into account the specifics of your body composition and any factors which have contributed to the excess fat under the chin.

Before choosing a clinic, it’s always important to do your research and make sure you’re comfortable with both the expected results and the treatment course being recommended to you.

At Elite Body Contouring, your transformation journey with us begins in a one-on-one consultation with a highly trained body sculpting therapist where your goals are examined and discussed, and a tailored and measured treatment program is devised, and your results are accurately measured and recorded during the course of your treatment.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your double chin, click here to book now for an obligation free appointment with one of our contouring specialists.