What causes a double chin and how can you get rid of it? Here’s everything you need to know.
Looking in the mirror and seeing a double chin isn’t exactly ideal.
Often it occurs when a layer of fat accumulates around the top of the neck, causing the area to sag, creating a wrinkle which looks like a second chin.
However the common condition isn’t always a sign of weight gain.
There are many factors which can cause a build up of fat below the chin, including genetics and loosening skin .
As with any other build up of fat around the body, the only way to tackle it is to make some changes to your diet and increase your exercise regime.
According to Medical News Today , some people may be more genetically predisposed to a double chin if there’s a history of skin elasticity in their family.
They also said that poor posture and age can contribute to the likelihood of developing a double chin.
So what do you need to do to get rid of it? Let’s have a look…
1. Exercises that help get rid of a double chin
There are several exercises you can try to help tighten neck muscles and break down that layer of fat.
Before attempting any, make sure to complete a warm up by rotating your neck slowly, clockwise and then anti-clockwise.
Unless otherwise stated, these exercises should be completed on a daily basis, 10-15 times.
- Straight jaw jut
To complete this stretch, start by tilting your head back so that you are looking up at the ceiling. Next push your lower jaw forward until you feel a stretch under the chin. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then relax your jaw and return to a neutral position.
- Pucker up
This one is as straightforward as it sounds. Tilt your head back so that you’re looking at the ceiling and pucker your lips into a kiss, so that you feel a stretch in the top of your neck. Hold for a few seconds before returning to a neutral position.
- Ball exercise
Sit down and get comfortable. Place a five to 10 inch ball, which is easy to squeeze, under your chin. Press your chin down against the ball. Repeat 10 to 30 times.
- Tongue stretch
Sit or stand with a relaxed posture. Open your mouth wide and stick your tongue out as far as you can. If done correctly, you should be able to feel the muscles in your neck, chin and jaw tightening.
2. Cut these things from your diet
If your double chin has been caused by weight gain, try making some changes to your diet to help boost weight loss.
These include avoiding processed foods and foods high in cholesterol, saturated fats and sugar.
It’s also a good idea to work on reducing portion sizes of meals and cutting out fried food.
3. Eat more of these
As with any diet, it’s a good idea to boost your intake of fruit and vegetables.
Experts also recommend you eat foods which are high in protein, such as fish and poultry, as well as adding more healthy fats to your diet, such as nuts and avocados.
Drinking more water, and consuming water-rich foods such as cucumber or melon may also help.
4. Experiment with massages and face masks
Some experts think that a double chin is an indicator of a sluggish lymphatic system and recommend trying massage to rid your jawline of any excess fluid.
To do this, place your thumbs under your jawline and lightly press down, inching the pads of your thumbs back towards your ears.
You can also purchase face masks containing glycerin, such as the ChinUp Mask by UpYours , which are intended to help tighten the skin around the face and neck.
Masks containing coffee or green tea may also support your efforts of exercise.
5. Other treatments
If your double chin isn’t a result of weight gain and is instead caused by a genetic reason, there are several surgical treatments you can try, but you should consult a doctor to find out which would be best and safest for you.
Following procedures, a double chin may still return if lifestyle changes are not implemented.
Also called liposculpture, lipolysis uses liposuction to remove fat, this may also be achieved with a laser. This procedure will only remove fat and does nothing to treat excess or sagging skin. Possible side affects include pain, swelling and bruising.
This treatment involves injections of fat-dissolving compounds. It can be a lengthy process, taking up to six months for some and involving up to 100 injections. There are also serious health risks involved in the procedure as incorrect injections can cause nerve damage. Other potential side affects include numbness, redness, pain, swelling and bruising.