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Chin Up: Can You Ever Actually Get Rid Of The Dreaded Double Chin?

Chin Up

Article Type: Online

Publication: Yahoo Style

Published: 26/Aug/2016

Ever grabbed your phone to snap a selfie and recoiled in horror at the double-chinned monster staring back at you? Well, you’re certainly not alone. A recent survey revealed that of the eight out of ten women who edit their holiday snaps, the third biggest photo no no was images portraying the dreaded double chin.

"People develop a double chin for a number of reasons and factors; it is usually due to gaining excess weight and because our skin can droop and sag as we age but genetics can also play a role in this issue,” explains Dr Rita Rakus, from Dr Rita Rakus Clinic, Knightsbridge.

Another contributing factor is that as you age you’ll see a reduction in the skin’s collagen, which helps give it elasticity. Stores starts to diminish when you hit your early 20s, and factors such as smoking and sun exposure can speed up the process.

But while you can hit the treadmill to tackle your muffin top, it’s not quite so easy to erase that pesky padding on your chin. Even a kickass gym routine and an cleaner than clean diet can leave fat lingering in this area. That’s because a double chin tends to be more resistant to exercise than other parts of the body.

“Unfortunately, double chins cannot easily be eliminated simply through improving our diet or increasing our workouts because whilst we can focus on one area of the body to tone muscles, it is hard to target weight loss,” explains Dr Rakus.

All is not lost, however, and before you resign yourself to a lifetime of scarf-wearing and/or beard-growing, there are some things that can be done to reduce the appearance of saggy jowls…

Call in the necks-perts

For those willing to declare out and out war on the wobble, there are some super high-tech new treatments promising seriously impressive results. “Though you can often make some improvements to the neck area with diet and exercise, to see results more instantly and to vastly improve the appearance of your chin, then I would recommend the treatment Ultherapy which is a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure for the face that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone and tighten loose skin on the face and neck,” explains Dr Rakus.

Coolsculpting is another option. “Coolsculpting works by freezing your fat cells without causing damage to your skin and is perfect for those unwanted, stubborn areas that don’t seem to improve with a good diet and regular exercising.”