“Get more exercise” is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions. Regular exercise promotes good overall health, but it’s also a great method to look and feel your best.
However, no matter how much one exercises the fullness under the chin may remain. A double chin is resistant to change with regular exercise and a healthy diet for a variety of reasons. Don’t be discouraged if the double chin persists despite exercising more as part of your new year’s promise to yourself.
Along with exercise, getting a new neck can also part of your new years’s resolution. Your neck may get some extra help by visiting a cosmetic surgery office.
What causes a double chin or submental fullness?
Anatomy of the chin, jawline, and neck areas are the most important factors contributing to a double chin. Skin, fat, muscle, bone, and glands all contribute to the appearance of the chin, jawline, and neck. While one factor might dominate, usually a combination of these factors affect one’s appearance.
Excess neck fat is typically present in a double chin, but not always. A weak chin bone may be present from an early age, especially for those who have an overbite or history of wisdom teeth extraction. Loose skin and sagging muscle develops as one gets older, which is often termed “turkey neck” for this tissue laxity. Droopy glands also create submental fullness.
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How to treat a double chin or submental fullness?
Your exercise routine in the new year might have some effect on a double chin. However, if you have factors such as a small chin, droopy glands, or loose skin, then exercise alone most likely will not improve the neck.
Top plastic surgeons offer a variety of options to improve the chin and neck, as each person has specific causes of a double chin. These treatments may include the following as appropriate:
- weak chin bone? chin augmentation with implant (ex. silicone) or nonsurgical with filler (ex. hyaluronic gel)
- excess neck fat? liposuction or Kybella® injections
- loose skin or muscle? neck lift or facelift
The method to treat a double chin is mutually determined by patient and plastic surgeon. Factors in the decision process include the specific anatomy of the individual patient, anticipated recovery time of procedure, and degree of desired change.
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Do you have a soft chin or submental fullness despite getting more exercise? Want to enhance your neck and jawline in the near year? Share your thoughts below, and contact the office for a consultation.