If you are unsatisfied with your double chin, you are not alone. As many as 68% of people have a double chin they wish to get rid of, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. While it isn’t necessarily a sign of bad health, it can be harmful to your self-esteem and negatively affect your social life. Luckily, you can correct a double chin through a variety of treatment solutions.
What Causes a Double Chin?
A double chin occurs when excess fat accumulates in the area underneath the chin, known as the submental space. It can result from a variety of causes, such as hereditary factors. Those with a family history of stubborn fat or sagging skin are likely to develop a double chin. Weight fluctuations are also a factor because the skin expands and contracts in the submental space. Aging, facial anatomy, and airway positioning also play a role in the development of a double chin.
Options for Correcting a Double Chin
There are many ways to reduce a double chin, both naturally and through surgical procedures.
If a double chin is due mainly to genetics or aging, it’s unlikely to respond to weight loss. However, double chins that occur due to fat deposits can diminish as a patient loses weight.
There are certain exercises, often referred to as “facial yoga,” that target the fat under the chin to lessen the appearance of a double chin. Exercises like “whistle at the ceiling,” “kiss the sky,” and neck rolls help strengthen and tone the muscles in the submental space. Studies have also shown that chewing gum can have a small impact on the overall loss of fat in the chin.
Another natural solution for getting rid of a double chin is massaging tools. These tools are designed to tighten the neck by stimulating collagen production and blood circulation, making the skin more elastic.
There are many face masks available to help tighten the skin on and around the face. Glycerin, coffee, and green tea masks support the efforts of facial exercises and massaging tools, further reducing the amount of fat around the chin. You can also make a daily mask with a mixture of egg whites, honey, and lemon juice.
Liposuction is one of the best options for removing a double chin quickly. This simple surgery breaks up the fat cells underneath the chin and removes them by suction, sculpting the neck and chin contour.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a common cosmetic surgery that lifts and tightens the skin on your face and neck, restoring a more youthful appearance and diminishing your double chin. You can combine a neck lift with your facelift procedure to further lift the skin and get rid of the excess fat.
Reduce Your Double Chin With Help From an Expert
If you are unsatisfied with your double chin, Hess & Sandeen can help you correct it. Our facelift surgery can be combined with a neck lift or other facial procedures to reverse the aging process and restore your confidence in your appearance.