What Causes a Double Chin?

what causes a double chin?

What Causes a Double Chin?

Having a double chin may be something that can make you feel self-conscious, typically because it is difficult to conceal – being situated on the face. A double chin occurs when the layer of fat around your neck sags. When it sags it causes a wrinkle which resembles another chin, hence the term “double chin”

There are various causes of a double chin. From ageing to genetics.

Double Chin Caused by Excess Fat

If you are overweight, you may have a double chin. However, there are some people who may appear slim, and yet they have a double chin. This is because despite appearing slim, you may still have excess fat storage in your body, resulting in a double chin. If you have gained or lost weight rapidly, the elasticity of the skin around your face may have been compromised, resulting in the fat around your face sagging, causing the appearance of a double chin. The appearance of a double chin may also be caused by severe water retention, rather than actual fat. At Ada Aesthetic Medicine we offer a non-invasive injection to dissolve the fat that causes double chin.

Double Chin Caused by Ageing

As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity, this is what causes wrinkles, and in some cases, a double chin. Because your skin is lacking in elasticity, the skin around your face is not able to firmly support fat, resulting in the fat sagging into the skin causing the appearance of a double chin. Your chin also has muscles that can lose strength as you age, further increasing the possibility of a double chin.

Other Causes

Sometimes a double chin is simply a genetic issue. If you are an active, fit person who has not experienced weight fluctuations and you are fairly young, your double chin could be caused by a genetic predisposition. If your double chin has appeared overnight, the likely cause could be a salivary gland inflammation. Sometimes saliva has issues draining properly from the glands. Problems such as saliva stones and gland infection can contribute to fullness around the jaw area. Similarly, your double chin may be caused by a hormone imbalance. It is important to see your general practitioner if you are concerned that your double chin is caused by a medical problem.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I determine if my double chin is caused by fat or excess skin?

If you pinch the area of your double chin between your fingers you can feel if the area is thin (in the case of loose skin) or flush (in the case of excess fat) This can also help you determine the best way forward if you would like to rid yourself of your double chin.

Can I get rid of a double chin at home?

The appearance of a double chin can be lessened to some extent at home. If your double chin is the result of excess weight, a healthy diet and exercise may help to reduce the appearance and sometimes eliminate your double chin. If your double chin is a result of weak muscles around the face, there are certain facial muscle exercises you can try to increase the strength of your facial muscles, therefore decreasing the appearance of your double chin.

Are there medical treatments available to remove my double chin?

Yes. There are several treatment options available that can reduce or remove a double chin. A doctor will be able to suggest the best type of treatment and procedure for your individual case.

At Ada Aesthetic Medicine, we offer a number of treatments to help lessen the appearance of a double chin. The two most common treatments being fat dissolving injections and surgery.

If you are looking for non-invasive treatment for your double chin why not give the team at Ada a call today?

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  • Phone 02 9552 1442
  • Address 88 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
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