What Causes Double Chins, And Can They Be Fixed?

It’s happened to all of us.

We’re looking down at our phone, and suddenly, accidentally, the camera opens and shows us ourselves—and there it is: a double chin.

Double chins aren’t pretty, but they can happen to almost anyone. You don’t have to be overweight or unhealthy to develop one. They can come from many different places, and it’s a common problem that we see almost every day at Pure Touch.

Let’s look at where double chins come from, and what you can do to fix this issue.

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Age

As we age, our skin loses a lot of its natural elasticity. Envision the elastic in a pair of brand-new sweatpants, and think about what happens to that elastic over time. It gets worn out. The same thing happens to our skin. It can happen from simply living life: weight changes, the deterioration of cartilage, smoking, sun exposure, and natural pulling all contribute.

Genetics

It’s not always age, though. Plenty of younger people have double chins as well. This is often due to what their mama and daddy gave them. Genes can influence where your fats get sent and where it is stored. The frustrating thing about a genetic double chin is that even with diet and exercise, it can be difficult to get rid of, as it is “built in”.

Posture

When muscles aren’t used enough, the skin around them loses its elasticity—and bad posture has the ability to weaken the muscles of the neck and chin, causing a double chin over time.

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A newer cause of double chins is an offshoot of this, known as “tech neck”. This comes from folding your chin as you look down at your phone. When your chin is folded, the skin can begin to sag, and too much of this position can causes muscle weakness in the area.

Diet

As you can see, being overweight isn’t always the cause of a double chin, but it definitely can contribute to it. If you eat a lot of calories, processed foods, and bad fats, that could be the cause of your double chin.

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Obesity

Even if a double chin isn’t in your genes, excess fat will mostly likely find its way around your neck, and will cause a double chin through filling up the fat cells underneath the chin.

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Thyroid Problems

If your thyroid glands don’t work properly, you may develop a double chin. Hypothyroidism happens when not enough thyroid hormones are being produced. This condition is a common cause of double chin development.

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Obviously, anything that happens to your face is important. Those who have a double chin often feel insecure about it and lose confidence. Many of our clients who come in complaining about their double chin get Kybella, which contains deoxycholic acid—a chemical that literally eats fat. Kybella is an injectable that gets incredible results and has a high client satisfaction rate. if you have a double chin that’s bothering you, you don’t need to keep it. Contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help.