Double Chin and Body Sculpting

Say Goodbye to Your Double Chin and/or stubborn fat!

If you’re worried about a little extra fat under your lower jaw, you’re not alone. In a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, 70% of consumers stated they were bothered by excess fat under their chins or on their necks.

Top 5 Double Chin Causes

The region underneath the chin is called the submental area. A double chin occurs when a layer of fat forms in this space.

There are many reasons why some people have visible fat in this area, ranging from being overweight to having a genetic predisposition. Below are the five most common causes of a double chin.

1. Excess Weight

Obesity is one of the top double chin causes. When a person gains an excessive amount of weight, it isn’t just gained on their stomach, legs or arms. When you gain weight, you can also expect it to be on your face, including in the area underneath the chin.

2. Body Composition

Gaining wait isn’t the only reason for developing a double chin. In fact, naturally slender people can develop a double chin if they have a high body fat percentage and low muscle mass. This may result from a genetic predisposition, hormone imbalances, aging, an unbalanced diet or a lack of exercise.

3. Genetic Factors

A person’s facial structure is primarily determined by genetics. Some people have more prominent, angular jawlines, while others inherit a softer, less-defined jawline.

Retrogenia, or receding chin, is a condition marked by a chin set too far back relative to the rest of a person’s face. This condition may result in the appearance of a double chin. However, it is not the same as a double chin and requires different treatment approaches, such as chin implants, that do not apply to double chins.

Additionally, some people are born with a small chin and jawbone. Since it lacks enough support, the skin in the submental area may sag, creating a double chin.

4. Aging

As a person gets older, they lose muscle tone in the face and neck area and experience skin thinning. This may cause the jowls to sag, resulting in the appearance of a double chin.

5. Poor Posture

Sitting hunched over, slouching while walking and even constantly looking down at your phone could, over time, cause the muscles in your chin and neck to weaken. The effect is similar to that of facial aging – the skin underneath the chin eventually sags, contributing to the formation of a double chin.

Double Chin Treatments

Many people dislike the fact that a double chin distorts their facial profile and makes their necks look bigger. While a double chin in itself is harmless and does not impact a person’s physical health, it can substantially negatively impact their confidence. For this reason, it’s common for people to seek a way to reduce or, if possible, eliminate their double chin.

Articles on getting rid of a double chin by exercising the jaw area and using jaw tools abound online. However, there is no hard, scientific evidence on the effectiveness of facial exercises for eliminating double chins. What’s more, using jaw tools, like jawline exercises, incorrectly may cause pain or injury.

Fortunately, proven and scientifically backed ways of eliminating double chins do exist. Here are some of them.

Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Double Chins through Borealis MedSpa

1. Losing Weight

If your double chin is caused by excess weight, consider exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet. A calorie deficit, or eating fewer calories than you burn, will help you lose weight.

However, remember that this method of addressing a double chin takes time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend losing no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. This helps ensure that your weight loss is both safe and sustainable.

Before starting a workout regimen or a new diet, be sure to consult your physician first. Your doctor can prescribe a fitness and nutrition plan that considers any health issues you currently have and ensures it aligns with your weight loss goals.

2. Kybella

If your double chin is not caused by excess weight, you don’t want to undergo surgery or you want results more quickly, KYBELLA® may be a promising treatment option for you. It is a prescription medicine administered under the chin via multiple tiny injections. KYBELLA® is the only injectable treatment for submental fat that the FDA has approved.

KYBELLA®’s active ingredient is synthetic deoxycholic acid. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, this substance permanently destroys the fat cells. The result is a noticeable reduction in submental fat. The fat cells treated with KYBELLA® do not grow back, which means the treated area will no longer develop a double chin, even with weight gain.

People who have undergone this double chin treatment see noticeable results approximately four to six weeks after the final session. The results will improve further with time.

4. Sculpsure

SculpSure is the perfect treatment for people who struggle to get rid of stubborn body fat, even with diet and exercise. With this FDA-cleared body contouring system, fat cells are specifically targeted and damaged. Once damaged, the fat cells are expelled from the body naturally in the months following the procedure. The SculpSure laser system allows for customizable treatment plans due to its applicators. At Borealis Laser, we have the applicators for the abdomen, back, sides (love handles) and thighs. With cooling technology, you will not feel any heat from the laser, nor will you experience any damage to your skin. SculpSure’s laser works beneath the dermis.

If you’re wondering if SculpSure is right for you, we encourage you to come in for a consultation but we are able to accommodate nearly everyone. The ideal candidates are those with trouble spots, particularly pockets of fat that seem resistant to exercise and diet. Even if you are looking for more significant body contouring, SculpSure can help. Treatments are safe, effective, and take around 25 minutes to complete. It is the perfect appointment to schedule during your lunch break.


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