A double chin, also known as submental fat, is a common occurrence that happens when a layer of fat forms below your chin. A double chin is often associated with weight gain, but you don’t have to have excess weight to have one. Genetics or looser skin resulting from aging may also cause a double chin
A person’s double chin, or simply a double chin, is a fleshy excess of skin and fat beneath the chin. It is a common problem and can occur due to a number of reasons. One main reason, however, is that the jaw bone may be short, which can result in the extra skin being unable to be covered by the muscles attached to it. This results in the fat being able to bulge out, resulting in a double chin. Another main cause is middle-age spread, which is known as the natural aging process, where the fat in the face becomes less firm and “stretches” over time. A third reason can be attributed to the weakening of the muscles that support the chin.
When you gain weight, the tendency is to see fat deposited all across the body, and unfortunately, that includes in the face and under the chin. And depending on your body type, it can be particularly easy for weight gain in your face to sneak up on you.
This is just a natural part of aging. Around our mid-20s, the amount of collagen our skin produces begins to decline. When this happens, skin starts to lose its elasticity and begins to sag. The more we age the less collagen we have and the more pronounced the effect becomes.
There are certain factors that can hasten the process. Things like smoking, poor diet, and sun exposure can all have deleterious effects on the health of our skin.
When we use laptop or phone, we tend to crane our necks over to see what we’re doing. And adopting that posture is one of the worse things that we could be doing. this posture is bad news for the platysma muscle, which connects the neck to the chin. When this muscle weakens, it results in reduced elasticity around the jowls and the sagging effect that goes with it.
People with recessive chins and weak jawlines will find themselves more susceptible to developing a double chin. This is simply because, for these individuals, the skin is stretched over a smaller area. And as it is less tightly drawn over the face, it only takes a relatively small increase in fat or a decrease in skin elasticity to cause a double chin.
This is probably the chief reason why some people can be very slim but still develop a double chin.
If you look at members of your family and see that many of them tend towards plump chins, then the odds are good that you’ll be predisposed towards developing one as well.
While there probably isn’t a specific gene for having a double chin, any number of traits could make you more likely to get one. Aside from bone structure being a genetic trait, you could be predisposed towards weight gain, having thinner or less elastic skin, or being more likely to store fat around your chin.
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As you grow older, your skin loses elasticity and fat cells start to form around your neck area. This can cause your neck to lose its natural shape and if it gets worse, it can also cause your face to become rounded, which is an unattractive look. To prevent chubby neck, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain a good weight. You should also try to sleep on your back or side, so your neck doesn’t fully elongate.
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The medical name for a double chin is “submental fullness”
A double chin can be caused by fat under your skin, fat under your neck muscles, or saggy skin.
Sometimes other factors, such as an undersized chin, large muscles, or a low-lying ‘hyoid’ bone in your neck can contribute to the appearance of your double chin.
Absolutely, yes. Although we associate a double chin with being overweight, some thin people are genetically programmed to have a small pocket of fat under their chin that won’t disappear, no matter how healthy their diet or exercise habits. It often runs in families.
Bad position during sleep, unfortunately, can also affect the condition of our muscles and skin firmness, and thus be responsible for the formation of the “second chin”. Sleeping with your head high on the pillow and sometimes even a few is unfavourable.
Chin size and shape will be influenced by bone structure, fat tissue, and skin elasticity. Genetics, changes in weight, surrounding musculature, and natural aging will all cause variations in and to chin appearance.
The Phone-Chin Syndrome: Is your phone ageing your neck? Probably! What’s also called a “Tech Neck” posture, the skin under the jawline (which is already sagging a bit by the time we hit 40) is also compressed when using handheld tech devices. This essentially results in a smartphone form of ‘double chin.