When hipster beards suddenly became all the rage, self-conscious men with double chins were given the perfect opportunity to hide them with trendy well-groomed beards. However, now that the fickle tide of fashion is turning and the furry-faced fad is on its way out, if they want to stay hip, they’ll have to wave goodbye to their fuzzy camouflage and say hello to the dreaded double chin.
It is a common misconception that double chins are only caused by being overweight, they can result from aging, weight gain and genetics. Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity, causing it to sag around the neck and chin, a process that begins around age twenty. The problem is there’s no treadmill for your neck – so what’s the best way to lose a double chin? Thankfully, the days when people had to undergo painful intrusive surgery to get rid of chubby chins are now long gone and patients can get proven results without having to go under the knife.
One of the most popular procedures to deal with fat in small localised areas like the chin involves freezing the fat cells. The idea that cold can selectively affect and eliminate fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue was developed by two Harvard University scientists after they observed that some children got dimples due to eating iced popsicles. The
treatment, which is called cryolipolysis, relies on controlled cooling to near -4 degrees Celsius for the non-invasive localised reduction of fat deposits in order to reshape body contours. The exposure to cooling is set to artic temperatures so that it causes cell death of subcutaneous fat tissue without any damage to the surrounding tissue.
In the weeks to follow, these fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body. Treated fat cells,
once eliminated from the body, are gone for good. Treatments with special applicators like CoolSculpting’s new CoolMiniT were developed to target stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. The applicator’s shape and curvature was designed to comfortably fit and target the area under the chin. Unlike liposuction, these fat freezing procedures are non-invasive and require no needles or anaesthetic, so there is no
downtime at all.
To achieve a twenty per cent reduction in under-chin fat, a patient must submit to one or two 60-minute sessions. Of course, such treatments are not a license to eat-all-you-want so it is important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Limit your calorie intake, this reduces the amount of fat you store in your body and your face and avoid alcohol; people who drink frequently tend to have bloated faces and water retention around their cheeks and jawline. Finally, double chin exercises can keep skin from sagging to reduce the appearance of a double chin. The best double chin exercise works on the platysma, the muscle that runs from
the jawline all the way down to your shoulder. These simple steps will give your platysma a light workout: Open your mouth wide, pull your bottom lip tight over your bottom teeth, finally move your lower jaw up and down. Repeat this exercise about ten times, adding more repetitions as you feel your facial muscles getting stronger.