Also referred to as submental fat, a double chin is an accumulation of fat underneath the chin. Although it is commonly associated with being overweight, you don’t have to be carrying around a lot of excess fat to develop one.
What is a double chin?
Double chins are a common concern for both men and women. The excess fat gives the appearance of an extra chin, particularly when the head is tilted downwards.
A double chin can look unsightly. This in turn can cause issues with self-esteem and confidence.
What causes a double chin?
There are many potential causes of a double chin including diet, age, genetics, and posture. If you are frequently consuming more calories than you are burning off, fat will accumulate in several areas of the body, including the chin.
Ageing causes us to lose collagen and elastin in the skin which provides its firmness and structure, also contributing to a double chin. Your posture could also be a surprising cause, leading to the muscles of the chin to weaken over time, leading to a double chin. A new trend is tech neck resulting from us being continually hunched over our smartphones and laptops.
However, for many it’s a case of genetics. Fat distribution is hereditary to a degree and if you’re genetically predisposed to accumulating fat under the chin it can be challenging to shift it through diet and exercise alone.
These are just some of the causes of a double chin. The exact cause will determine the type of treatment required.
ASSOCIATED PROCEDURES: CoolSculpting, Thread Lift, Liposuction, Ultherapy
TREATMENT OPTION: COOLSCULPTING
CoolSculpting® technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected.
The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. No surgery, no anaesthesia, no downtime.
As well as treating stubborn pockets of fat on the body, CoolSculpting is ideal for eradicating a double chin.Discover our CoolSculpting treatments
TREATMENT OPTION: THREAD LIFT
Facial ageing such as loss of definition along the jawline, sagging in the midface, drooping in the brow or eye area or the appearance of a double chin, can all be greatly improved by facial threads, also known as a thread lift.
The thread lift can be the perfect solution for those that are just noticing these visible signs of ageing or are unsure or unable to undergo more invasive facial rejuvenation surgery at this time.Discover our thread lift treatments
TREATMENT OPTION: LIPOSUCTION
Lipo isn’t just for the body. Liposuction, or fat removal surgery, is also known as liposculpture or lipoplasty. Essentially liposuction is the targeted removal of fatty deposits with the use of cannulae and a vacuum. It can be performed on men and women and virtually anywhere on the body.
Common areas for liposuction include the abdomen, hips, flanks, inner and outer thighs, knees and it is also an effective treatment for a double chin.Discover our liposuction procedures
TREATMENT OPTION: ULTHERAPY
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure which has been FDA-cleared. We use this treatment at our London clinic to lift skin on the neck and on the eyebrow. It is also clinically proven to improve the appearance of a double chin.Discover our Ultherapy treatments