You’ve seen it so many times now, in photographs and in the mirror, that you can’t ignore it any longer. That extra layer of fat beneath your chin makes you look older and heavier than you actually are. There’s no need to keep getting frustrated by your double-chin. With some simple non-surgical treatments, you can get the sleek, defined chin you’ve been wanting for so long.
A double chin isn’t necessarily a sign of poor health, but it can harm your self-esteem and social life. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce your double chin, if not eliminate it completely. We discuss how here at Dr T’s anti-ageing clinic in Melbourne we can reduce your double chin and define that jawline, so you not only look but feel your age.
What is a Double Chin?
A double chin is merely an excess of fat in the submental space (the area underneath the chin). This submental fat may accumulate for several reasons.
This common condition affects young and old, men and women. And it happens for a variety of reasons. You don’t have to be overweight to get a double chin.
Those with a family history of sagging skin or stubborn fat are more likely to develop a double chin. Fluctuations in weight can also produce a double chin as the skin expands and contracts. Age is another factor in double chin formation as skin becomes less elastic over the years. It might be difficult to prevent the onset of a double chin, but at least it’s possible to reduce it once it’s there.
What Causes a Double Chin?
Underlying Health Issues
A double chin may appear without you changing your diet or physical activity levels. This could be the result of an underlying medical condition. For example, having an underactive thyroid may cause the lymph glands to swell. This leads to the development of goitre, which causes your neck to swell.
Another medical cause of double chins is Cushing’s syndrome, which is characterised by obesity in the upper part of the body and high levels of fat accumulation around the neck.
These conditions must be ruled out before commencing cosmetic treatment.
Even if you are physically fit, you may still suffer from a double chin. You may have tried spending hours at the gym to maintain a healthy body weight, but the results never seem to reflect around the chin area. It’s very likely that you are not dealing with excess body weight.
Instead, your genetics could be the culprit.
Genetics and facial structure play a role in the presence of a double chin. Unfortunately, some people are more naturally inclined to have a double chin, especially if it runs in the family. This could be because there’s a predisposition for elasticity loss in the skin or a more pronounced submental area. Other facial structure factors, such as a small chin, narrow face, or weak jawline, can also exacerbate the appearance of the area under your chin.
As humans get older, the skin becomes less elastic with the decrease in collagen production that begins in your 20s. Wrinkles start to appear while your skin loses its strength and elasticity, which results in sagging skin on different parts of the body.
The skin beneath your chin will start to sag and hang lower than it used to, giving the same effect as if you had extra fat cells stored here.
Being overweight is one of the most significant causes of a double chin. The chin tends to be one of the most common locations where excess fat is stored.
When you consume more calories than you burn, your body stores this energy as fat cells. Just like gaining fat deposits around your stomach, legs, chest, or butt, your body can also store fat cells in your face, neck, and chin. Giving you a significantly heavier appearance.
Simple lifestyle changes such as a more balanced diet and increased exercise can help reverse the fat gain for most people but there is no guarantee the double chin will also disappear.
As simple as it sounds, posture can also significantly weaken the neck and chin muscles. Poor posture can lead to weakened muscles in the neck and face area, meaning they don’t hold the way they should and can sag. It can also result in looser skin in the area, further exacerbating the problem. This can lead to the development of a double chin.
Additionally, poor posture, especially of the upper back, can make you hold your head in such a way that it looks like you have a double chin. However, if you straighten your spine and lengthen your neck, this may, in fact, not be the case
Double Chin Reduction Treatments
Natural Ways to Reduce Your Double Chin
Believe it or not, getting rid of your double chin can begin right away at home. Exercising is a natural way to burn fat in our bodies. So, by exercising the muscles around your double chin, you can gradually do away with this submental fat.
There are numerous different double chin and jawline exercises that many people swear by, but results are attributed to regular and consistent exercise and are also not guaranteed.
Fat Dissolving Injections
Fat-dissolving injections, also known as mesotherapy, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can help spot reduce fat deposits. It involves injecting a fat-dissolving solution into the fatty tissue under the chin.
Often the ingredients in the solution include deoxycholic acid (more commonly known as Kybella), phosphatidylcholine, multivitamins, or saline. These break down the fat cells into smaller particles, which then get processed and excreted through the body.
The downside is that it generally requires 20 or so injections per treatment. It is generally 2 treatments 6 weeks apart but may need more depending on the size of the double chin.
There is significant downtime with this treatment due to swelling that usually materialises in week 2 or 3 post 1st treatment.
Other side effects can include localised pain, redness, and bruising and results are also determined by the experience of your chosen injector. Make sure to choose a reputable cosmetic physician or cosmetic injector as there are significant risks associated with the treatment, including nerve damage, if not performed correctly.
CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, involves using a vacuum-like applicator to suction targeted areas of fat. Then it deep-freezes your fat cells, which eventually causes them to die and be naturally expelled via your lymphatic system.
The CoolMini was developed by CoolSculpt to target smaller areas such as under the chin.
Cons of CoolMini
- Need enough chin fat to be able to have suction maintained around the applicator.
- Takes up to an hour for 1 treatment
- Can take several treatments to see results
- Fat freezing has been reported as painful for such a small delicate area
TruSculpt iD Double Chin Reduction
The TruSculpt iD body sculpting treatment works by using radiofrequency energy. It heats fat cells and destroys them while your skin remains at a comfortable temperature. The cells are then eliminated by your body through your lymphatic system.
Compared to fat dissolving injections there is absolutely no downtime, you can immediately resume your normal routine without restrictions after your treatment but there may be slight redness over the treated area for an hour after treatment.
TruSculpt iD can effectively treat a double chin. The applicator is used on the area beneath the chin, and after the fat cells are heated and eliminated over the next few weeks, the skin underneath your chin will have a smoother appearance, while also tightening the skin. And the treatment can all be done in 15 minutes. The perfect lunchtime treatment.
Results can be seen after the 1st treatment but require 3 treatments a month apart to achieve an optimal outcome.
If you’d like to find out whether you might be a good candidate for a TruSculpt iD body sculpting treatment to treat a double chin begin by booking your comprehensive no-obligation consultation with me today.