What Causes Double Chin and How Do We Get Rid of It?

March 20, 2018

Sometimes, less is really more, and we are talking about chins here.

Double chin makes one feels overweight, old, and unattractive. We might even avoid taking selfies with our friends just in case they post it on Facebook, showcasing our double chin to the world.

Many are unaware of the causes of a double chin

Double chin or submental fullness as doctors call it, is the result of a combination of a few factors. It doesn’t mean that overweight people will have double chin; skinny people can have them too. While it is true that people who are overweight tend to develop a double chin over time, it doesn’t mean a double chin only comes with age. While some people think that bodybuilding or overstraining of the neck muscles while lifting weights causes double chin, it is not the main cause.

Whatever the reason, the crux of matter is that patients who seek help are often desperate to get rid of it! People have tried losing weight, doing neck exercises, and applying skin firming products all in the hope of ditching that extra layer but often to no avail. Before we delve into the solution, let’s look at what could cause double chin.

  1.   Ageing

You can kind of blame it on TIME. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and sags. Muscles in the neck area like the platysma muscle and sternocleidomastoid also tend to loosen over time, affecting their ability to hold our skin and flesh taut. (The platysma is a band of tissue found in the chest, neck, and facial region while the sternocleidomastoid covers a portion of the neck.) Factors like gravity, sun exposure, smoking, and poor diet can intensify the aging process.

  1. Genes

Some people may just be more predisposed to developing a double chin, seeing how young people can present with submental fullness. Although it may be easier to blame our ancestors, the condition can worsen no thanks to the aging process.

  1.   Weight gain

When fat accumulates in front or behind the platysma, and when aging gradually takes place and our skin loosens, the acuity of the smooth sharp angle of the neck is lost. This is replaced with a slopping angle caused by excess fats deposits under the chin area.

Getting rid of double chin

Here at Dr HAACH, we offer the HIFU Treatment, where one can easily undergo this non-invasive treatment for a more sculpted jawline, and a reduction of the double chin. Results of this treatment varies between individual, and we recommend a consultation with our doctor before you commit yourself to any treatment. Call us at our outlet at Raffles City – 67379193 to find out more!