Double Chin

Double Chin

What is this ?

More than just a physical characteristic, the double chin has become a genuine concern for many people. Its presence can lead to various feelings, including insecurity and discomfort. It also affects self-confidence and mental well-being. Are you looking to learn more about the double chin, including its causes and treatments ? MRockland explains everything here.

What is a Double Chin ?

Also known as “submental fat,” the double chin is an aesthetic condition characterized by the accumulation of fat under the chin region. It appears as a fold or protrusion that weighs down and distorts facial features. The accumulation of fatty deposits under the jaw can sometimes also be accompanied by skin laxity caused by the slowdown in the synthesis of natural collagen and elastin fibers. This results in an area that may seem more prominent and less defined, giving the impression of an additional chin under the primary one.

The double chin is often perceived as very unattractive by many people. The self-confidence of individuals with a double chin is significantly affected. Although the double chin is generally considered a minor cosmetic issue, it can significantly impact quality of life and emotional well-being. That’s why it’s important to treat it as soon as possible.

When Does It Occur ?

A double chin can occur at different life stages, depending on anatomical, hormonal, and environmental factors. Some people may develop it as early as childhood or adolescence. Hormonal fluctuations during puberty play a role in the early onset of the double chin in these individuals. Others may develop it later, especially in adulthood or beyond. The natural aging process of the skin and adipose tissue contributes to the appearance of the double chin later in life.

Lifestyle-related factors such as weight gain, lack of physical exercise, and dietary habits can influence when the double chin occurs. For example, significant weight gain can lead to fat accumulation under the chin, even without genetic predisposition to this condition. So, there isn’t a standard time when the double chin appears. It can vary from person to person.

Causes of Double Chin

The double chin can be due to several causes. Discover with MRockland the most important ones among them.

Weight

Weight gain can lead to the appearance of a double chin, although this is not always the case. The face is one of the last body parts to gain weight; the accumulation of fats in this area, specifically around the neck and jaw, causes skin laxity. Therefore, you should be mindful of your diet to maintain your figure and improve your health. Foods high in fats and sugars should be avoided. They cause rapid weight gain, which is conducive to developing a double chin.

Age

The double chin can also appear as you age. The natural aging process of the skin and fatty tissues is a likely cause of this condition. A healthy lifestyle (balanced diet, regular physical activity, complete nights of sleep, etc.) can delay the effects of time, but it rarely prevents the appearance of the double chin if it is due to age.

Genetics

Genetic heritage is one of the possible causes of submental fat. Some people may inherit a facial structure or fat distribution that makes them particularly susceptible to developing this condition. This genetic predisposition can influence the shape and size of the chin and how adipose tissues are distributed under the jaw.

If submental fat is due to family history, it is tough, if not impossible, to eliminate its appearance. A healthy weight, regular physical activity, and a good diet will not change much. In this case, you will need to resort to medicine.

Treatments

There are several treatments for the double chin. Some are invasive, and others are not.

Invasive Treatments

Invasive treatments for submental fat can be quite aggressive but also more effective. They allow for a significant reduction in the accumulated fat under the chin. There are several types: liposuction, chin reduction surgery (genioplasty), neck lift…

Liposuction or liposculpture is a surgical technique that involves aspirating excess fat under the chin using a thin cannula. This is inserted under the skin through small incisions. Liposuction aims to allow the skin to reattach to the neck muscles and the floor of the mouth.

Genioplasty or chin reduction surgery is an invasive treatment recommended for people with a double chin caused by a poorly defined facial structure or excess bone tissue. It aims to reshape or reduce the size of the chin using an ultrasonic instrument (piezotome). A neck lift or cervicoplasty is a surgical operation intended to firm up the slack skin of the neck and lower jaw. It helps improve the appearance of submental fat.

Non-Invasive Treatments

Non-invasive treatments for submental fat are much less aggressive than surgery. For example, you can eliminate this condition with Belkyra or Kybella, an increasingly popular technique in aesthetic medicine. It involves treating the double chin by injecting deoxycholic acid (a natural substance present in the body) into the area to be treated. Belkyra destroys fat cells by disrupting their membranes.

Cryolipolysis or CoolSculpting is another non-surgical and effective treatment to fight against submental fat. It involves using cold to freeze and eliminate fat cells. You can also eliminate the double chin through Potenza treatment, which is gaining increasing interest. It is a technology that uses radiofrequency waves and small, thin needles to heat the subcutaneous tissues in a controlled manner. This stimulates collagen and elastin production, leading to skin firming and reduced submental fat.

There are several other non-invasive solutions to eliminate submental fat. This includes exosomes small extracellular vesicles that can stimulate tissue regeneration and promote skin firming in the chin region. This requires no surgical intervention. Exosome-based treatment allows you to eliminate the double chin effectively.

Conclusion

The double chin can create a real complex in people who have one, but it is not a fatality. With the evolution of medicine, it is now possible to eliminate it, whether through surgery or not. At MRockland aesthetic care clinic, we only offer non-invasive treatments like exosome, Belkyra, or Potenza. Our professionals can help you choose the most suitable solution for your needs.

FAQ

Can exercises help you lose the double chin ?

Yes, it is possible to lose the double chin or significantly reduce its size with specific exercises to strengthen the neck and jaw muscles.

How can I avoid getting a double chin ?

To prevent the double chin, you can watch your weight, adopt a healthy lifestyle, properly hydrate your skin, practice facial gymnastics, and improve your posture…

Are there any side effects associated with non-invasive double chin treatments ?

Non-invasive submental fat therapies are known to be safe, but you may experience some minor side effects. These include redness and swelling, discomfort, and temporary numbness…

Are submental fat treatments permanent or temporary ?

Some treatments are temporary (radiofrequency treatment, filler injections), while others are permanent. This includes cryolipolysis, laser lipolysis…

What food can help you lose the double chin ?

Foods rich in fibre and lean proteins, leafy green vegetables, fruits, and water can help you reduce submental fat.