Do you suffer with the dreaded phone-face?

24 May 2024

Double chin

We have all had that moment in life when we turned our mobiles on to take that perfect picture, only to be faced with ALL our chins and neck rolls as the phone was left on selfie mode! Eckkk, Who is that imposter inside my phone? 

A double chin, also known as submental fat, occurs when a layer of fat forms below the chin. Several factors contribute to the development of a double chin:

Causes of a Double Chin

  1. Genetics:
    • Family History: If close relatives have a double chin, you may be more likely to develop one due to inherited traits such as fat distribution and skin elasticity.
  1. Weight Gain:
    • Excess Fat: Weight gain can lead to an accumulation of fat in various parts of the body, including the chin and neck area, resulting in a double chin.
    • Overall Body Fat: Higher levels of overall body fat increase the likelihood of fat deposits under the chin.
  1. Aging:
    • Loss of Skin Elasticity: As you age, your skin loses elasticity and muscle tone, which can cause sagging skin and the appearance of a double chin.
    • Muscle Weakness: Aging can also weaken the platysma muscle (a muscle in the neck), contributing to the sagging of skin and fat under the chin.
  1. Poor Posture:
    • Postural Impact: Poor posture can weaken the muscles in the neck and chin area. Over time, this can contribute to a double chin as the weakened muscles are less able to hold the skin taut.
    • Tech Neck: Constantly looking down at phones or computers can exacerbate poor posture, leading to muscle weakness and skin laxity under the chin.
  1. Diet and Lifestyle:
    • Unhealthy Diet: Diets high in calories, processed foods, and unhealthy fats can contribute to weight gain and fat accumulation, including under the chin.
    • Lack of Exercise: A sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and reduced muscle tone, which can also contribute to the development of a double chin.
  1. Hormonal Changes:
    • Hormonal Imbalances: Certain hormonal changes, such as those occurring during menopause, can lead to changes in fat distribution and skin elasticity, potentially contributing to a double chin.

Preventive and Management Strategies

  1. Healthy Diet:
    • Balanced Nutrition: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce overall body fat.
    • Hydration: Drinking plenty of water helps keep the skin hydrated and may improve skin elasticity.
  1. Regular Exercise:
    • Cardio Exercises: Activities like running, swimming, and cycling can help burn overall body fat.
    • Strength Training: Building muscle through resistance exercises can improve muscle tone and help reduce the appearance of a double chin.
  1. Facial Exercises:
    • Targeted Exercises: Specific exercises for the neck and chin, such as chin lifts, neck stretches, and jaw jut exercises, can strengthen the muscles in these areas and improve their appearance.
  1. Posture Improvement:
    • Posture Awareness: Maintaining good posture can help strengthen the muscles around the neck and chin.
    • Ergonomic Adjustments: Using ergonomic furniture and being mindful of posture while using electronic devices can reduce the strain on neck muscles.
  1. Medical and Cosmetic Treatments:
    • Non-Surgical Options: Treatments like Emface Submentum (help reduce submental fat while lifting and toning muscles. 
    • Surgical Options: Procedures such as liposuction, neck lifts, or facelifts can provide more dramatic results for reducing a double chin.

By understanding the causes of a double chin and implementing preventive measures and treatments, you can manage and reduce the appearance of submental fat effectively.