How Can I Get Rid of My Double Chin

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If you have a double chin, there are ways to fix it. You can try exercises, lose weight, or even consider medical procedures.

A double chin, also called submental fat, happens when fat builds up under your chin. It’s usually linked to gaining weight, but it can also be because of genetics or looser skin as you get older.

Find out more about what causes a double chin and how to get rid of it.

What Causes a Double Chin?

A double chin is excess weight under your chin. It makes your neck appear bigger and sometimes makes you seem older.

The causes are clear. Most of the time, it’s because of being obese or even just a bit overweight. While a double chin might not seem like a big deal, the main cause, obesity, can lead to health problems. Obesity is linked to factors such as higher risk of death, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and more.

But obesity isn’t the only reason for double chins. Genetics also play a part. Some people inherit a stronger or softer jawline. Even slim people might have a double chin because they have less muscle density and more body fat.

Treatment for Double Chin

It’s normal to feel self-conscious about your double chin and want to do something about it. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to reduce or even get rid of double chins. If you’re overweight, a straightforward plan is to lose weight through diet and exercise. 

But if shedding pounds is tough for you or if you’re already slim but still have a bit of extra fat causing your double chin, there are other treatments to explore.

Natural Remedies

Fixing a double chin naturally means tackling it without going under the knife. You can do this by focusing on your diet, doing targeted exercises for your jaw, and even trying out yoga. 

Here are some simple eating tips:

  • Eat more fruits and veggies every day.
  • Choose whole grains over processed ones.
  • Steer clear of processed foods.
  • Pick lean proteins like chicken and fish.
  • Include healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts in your diet.
  • Opt for low-fat dairy products.
  • Make sure you’re consuming the right amount of calories for your body’s needs.

Alongside a healthy diet, getting more physical activity is also key to losing weight. 

But keep in mind, these natural remedies aren’t quick fixes. They take time and effort to see results. You’ll also need to stick with them to maintain the changes. For instance, if weight is a factor, it’s not just about losing it but also about keeping it off.

Surgery for Double Chin

If you’re considering getting rid of your double chin through surgery, there are a few options available:

  • Liposuction: This involves removing fat from under the skin using a small tube inserted through a tiny incision. It’s a straightforward procedure usually done under local anesthesia. Your surgeon will also shape and contour your chin and neck for a smoother jawline.
  • Face-lift: This procedure requires either general or local anesthesia. Your surgeon will remove excess fat and loose skin around your chin and neck area to tighten things up.
  • Neck-lift: There are different types, like cervicoplasty to remove extra skin and platysmaplasty to tighten neck muscles. Both aim to enhance the contour of your neck and chin.

Sometimes, multiple procedures are needed, like combining liposuction with a face or neck lift for best results. Recovery takes about 10-14 days, with possible bruising and swelling.

Other Treatment Options

If you’re not keen on surgery, there are other options to explore:

  • Deoxycholic Acid Injection: This nonsurgical method involves injecting deoxycholic acid, a substance that can dissolve dietary fat, under your chin. You’ll need multiple injections over several weeks, possibly up to six treatments.
  • Freezing Fat Cells: Using a vacuum-pressured device, fat cells are sucked into a suction cup and chilled, then warmed back up. This process, called apoptosis, causes the fat cells to die. It might take up to two months to see results from this procedure.

Exercises for Double Chin

If you want to tackle your double chin naturally, here are some exercises you can try:

  • Chin-to-ceiling: Stand or sit up straight, then tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Push your lower jaw forward gently and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this 10-20 times a day.
  • Lion’s roar: Open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue as far as possible, holding for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10-20 times daily.
  • Cheek swishing: Swish your cheeks vigorously for 5-10 minutes, like when brushing your teeth. You can use water or just air. Aim to do this 10-20 times a day.

The Bottom Line

You might get a double chin for a few reasons. Unless you’re sure it’s from genetics, try losing weight, doing cardio, and chin exercises before going for a big procedure.

But if it’s genetics or sagging skin, it might stick around. Even losing weight doesn’t always fix it, but doing chin exercises might help.

If diet and exercise don’t fix your double chin, ask your doctor about other options like surgery.

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