When a layer of fat forms below your chin, it can hang below the jawline and create the appearance of a double chin. Although we know that this is totally normal and so many other people have it, a double chin can feel unflattering and knock our confidence.
If you want to get rid of a double chin, there are exercises, skincare products, and cosmetic treatments that can help. Here at Araya Beauty, we’ve administered some aesthetic treatments that provide truly amazing results, offering a firmer, more contoured jawline to those who want it. Here’s everything we know about treating a double chin.
What Causes a Double Chin?
So what’s causing that extra layer of fat below your chin? Here are the main factors that affect the formation of a double chin.
- Age – as we get older, we produce less of the proteins needed for firm, healthy skin and we start to see a reduction in skin elasticity. This can lead to sagging skin below the jawline.
- Weight – weight gain can contribute to a build-up of fatty tissues in the chin over time.
- Family history – genetics can affect our natural bone structure and the accumulation of double chin fat.
- Posture – bad posture and regular slouching can put additional strain on your neck, accentuating wrinkles and loose skin below the jaw.
Natural Ways to Tighten Your Jawline
If you want to reduce the appearance of chin fat, there are a few daily activities that you can easily incorporate into your routine. Try tightening your jawline with the following health and lifestyle tips.
Although there is no scientific evidence that supports doing neck exercises for a sharper jawline, many people swear by it. Have you ever heard of facial yoga? It’s a craze that has become popular thanks to endorsements from celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Meghan Markle, aiming to give you a kind of natural facelift by toning the muscles in your face and neck.
Some facial exercises specifically work to tone your jaw and neck muscles. These include:
- Pucker up – with your back straight, tilt your head towards the ceiling and pucker your lips, stretching out the muscles from your chin down through your neck.
- Blowfish – take a deep breath in through your mouth and hold the air in your cheeks for 20 seconds, working your cheek muscles to lift your jawline.
- Ball exercise – place a medium-sized ball between your chin and neck, then press your chin down onto the ball to work those jaw muscles.
To see any effects, you’d need to repeat these actions 15–25 times per day. Which might feel like a lot of work for something that is yet to be scientifically proven.
If your double chin has appeared as a result of gaining weight, a healthy weight loss program focused on high-quality nutrition and exercise might be the right path for you.
However, not all double chins are caused by weight gain, so it’s essential to consider the other factors that could be causing it. Fad diets or dramatic weight loss programs are generally not safe or healthy, so make sure you follow professional advice before embarking on a weight loss journey.
Your nutritionist or doctor can give you personalised advice on the best dietary changes to support a healthy rate of weight loss, which may help create a slimmer appearance around your jaw.
Ageing skin is more prone to sagging, which can dramatically increase the appearance of a double chin as your skin begins to droop below the jawline. The right anti-ageing skincare routine can go a long way in tightening up loose skin on the face and neck.
Retinol is an ingredient derived from vitamin A that you’ll find in many skincare products that target wrinkles and sagging skin. It works to speed up skin cell turnover and boost collagen production, resulting in thicker, firmer skin.
NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS TO REDUCE A DOUBLE CHIN
If you want to effectively reduce a double chin and natural treatments aren’t doing enough, the best approach is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment that can specifically target this problem area. Here are two effective cosmetic treatments that we’ve seen great results from at Araya Beauty Clinic.
HIFU, short for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a one-off, non-invasive treatment that tightens and lifts skin. This effective treatment uses radiofrequency and laser energy to penetrate deep into the dermis, where fat deposits are found and structural weakening of the skin begins. It heats targeted tissue to 65°C, stimulating the growth of new collagen and firming up the skin.
HIFU can be used to focus specifically on the neck, chin, and jaw, or it can also treat your whole face, abdomen, bingo wings, or thighs. For a double chin, it can be extremely effective in reducing excess neck skin, making skin firmer and tighter.
This specialist HIFU treatment at Araya Beauty & Aesthetic Clinic is a non-invasive procedure, offering effective skin tightening and a stronger jawline with no scarring and zero downtime needed.
Learn more about HIFU treatments.
If your double chin is primarily caused by stubborn neck fat, Aqualyx is an innovative treatment option that might just work for you.
Aqualyx is a patented type of mesotherapy, a treatment using fat dissolving injections to contour specified areas of your face and body. Aqualyx fat reduction injections are made with deoxycholic acid, a natural ingredient that breaks down cell membranes and dissolves fat tissue, enabling your body to eliminate fatty acids naturally.
Because this is such a targeted form of fat loss, it’s best used for dissolving stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to reduce with diet and exercise. It’s an especially good option for treating double chins because its primary ingredient – deoxycholic acid – also naturally tightens the skin. This helps avoid the loose, excess skin below the chin that’s sometimes left behind by other treatments like liposuction. Instead, Aqualyx is effective at contouring your jawline by targeting neck fat and reducing sagging skin.
SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR A DOUBLE CHIN REDUCTION
If non-surgical options aren’t working for you, you could consider a surgical procedure. By visiting a plastic surgeon, you could avail of the following double chin treatments:
- Laser Lipolysis – a laser is inserted into your skin through a tiny incision, then used to melt fat deposits which can then be massaged or vacuumed out.
- Liposuction – as the name suggests, this procedure involves sucking fat deposits out of problem areas.
These treatments sometimes occur in combination, and they can be effectively used to target chin fat. However, they are more invasive treatments that will take time to recover from. They are also more likely to leave behind loose, saggy skin than other non-invasive treatments like Aqualyx. Lastly, liposuction from a good plastic surgeon will be very expensive.
TALK TO US
Here at Araya Beauty, we’re committed to matching you with the best treatments for your needs. For quick results and easy recovery, Aqualyx is an incredible treatment option for a double chin. It can permanently dissolve stubborn chin fat and tighten your skin with a series of injections that are safe and effective.
If you’re interested in learning more about this innovative treatment, you can book a no-commitment chat with our experienced practitioners. We can recommend the best course of action for you, helping you resolve your double chin woes in a way that prioritises your health and wellbeing.