Double chins are typically associated with massive weight gain or obesity. Although weight gain is a common cause of a double chin, it’s not the only possible culprit. Even some slender people can have a double chin as a result of their genetic predisposition. The question is how can you safely and effectively get rid of a double chin? In some cases, a few lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy low-fat diet and exercise routine might do the trick. But what happens when diet and exercise aren’t enough?
Keep reading to learn all about the different double chin causes and treatment techniques that can help you achieve the smooth and slender chin you’ve always wanted.
What Causes a Double Chin?
Double chins consist of excess or submental fat deposits that are stored under the chin and around the neck area. This is a fairly common condition that many adults experience, but it can happen for a number of different reasons.
Age is a common factor in the development of a double chin. Even if you lead a fairly healthy lifestyle, you may still develop a few noticeable fat deposits or sagging skin in certain parts of your body, including your chin. The reason for this is because as you get older, your metabolism and collagen production slow down exponentially. This causes reduced skin elasticity, lower muscle density, and weakened bone structure.
Fat deposits typically start to accumulate in certain problem areas such as the chin once you reach age 40.
Unfortunately, genetics can also play a role in the development of a double chin. Some people are genetically predisposed to have a double chin based on their facial bone structure, which can determine where fat deposits settle.
If you have a naturally round face, then you’re more likely to have a double chin, especially when you move your head up and down, even if you’re an otherwise slender or fit person. Genetically caused double chins are a little more difficult to treat because you’re essentially fighting against your body’s natural structure. However, there are certain things you can do like eating healthy, exercising regularly, or undergoing a cosmetic procedure like SculpSure to help reduce the appearance of a double chin.
Diet and Weight Gain
An unhealthy diet full of fatty foods and lack of exercise can lead to significant weight gain, which culminates in unwanted fat deposits throughout the body. The most obvious and common areas are the face, arms, thighs, backside, and waist. Fat deposits typically target the stomach, arms, and thighs first.
Once those areas fill up, fat deposits are automatically stored in other parts of the body where they’re even more noticeable, such as the chin. Working hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle can help keep you in shape and reduce the amount of fat deposits throughout your body.
If you were constantly told to sit up straight and hold your head up high as a kid, it was for a good reason. Bad posture—particularly in the neck—can weaken your muscles. Weakened neck muscles cause the skin in that area to lose its elasticity, creating the ideal settling spot for unwanted fat deposits. Eventually, this can contribute to the development of the dreaded double chin.
Can Exercise and Certain Neck Stretches Help Remove a Double Chin?
While there’s no scientific evidence that proves whether exercise or any physical movement is directly correlated to the reduction or removal of a double chin, there are some useful neck stretches you can do to improve flexibility and skin elasticity in that area.
Various neck exercises like a bottom jaw jut, tongue stretch, or straight jaw jut can help you strengthen and stretch out your neck muscles. Furthermore, certain high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts can also aid in high calorie burning and fat reduction throughout your body. Cardio, dancing, weightlifting, and swimming are all great examples of high calorie-burning exercises that are enjoyable to do and result in high fat loss throughout main problem areas like the hips, thighs, arms, stomach, and chin.
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments That Can Help Remove a Double Chin
Leading a healthy lifestyle is a great start and has many benefits. But when diet and exercise aren’t enough to get rid of your double chin, you have other worthwhile options available to you. The following non-surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures are highly effective double chin treatments.
SculpSure is FDA-approved and Health Canada-approved. It is extremely effective and one of the best fat reduction cosmetic treatments currently being offered. It uses cutting-edge body sculpting and contouring technology that incorporates heat to melt body fat in common problem areas including the double chin. When diet and exercise simply don’t cut it, SculpSure can help you get rid of that stubborn double chin once and for all.
Infini RF is a safe non-surgical and non-invasive type of facelift that delivers thermal energy deep into the dermis using miniscule microneedles. Microneedling imposes minor damage to the surface of the skin, forcing the skin to heal itself by producing new and healthy cells. This process helps to stimulate healthy collagen production, which increases skin elasticity while decreasing the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also help smooth out sagging skin under the chin.
Also known as high-intensity focused ultrasound, ultherapy is an alternative to the traditional surgical facelift. It incorporates the use of non-ionizing ultrasonic heatwaves to reverse signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and especially sagging skin around the chin and neck area.
The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic offers a wide variety of double chin treatments that are designed to reduce unwanted excess skin and fat deposits including SculpSure and Infini RF. Our double chin procedures can yield long-lasting and satisfactory results in terms of removing double chin fat deposits and smoothing out excess skin. Contact us today to book a consultation.