Most Common Causes of Submental Fat
Even the person who comes across as being the most confident has their own set of insecurities. One of the most common insecurities we hear about at the med spa is the appearance of a double chin, which simply looks like excess fat around the chin area. The fat that forms in this area is known as submental fat. Over time, sagging skin can develop in the area and draw even more attention to it. A double chin usually appears when an individual gains weight, but they can happen to anyone. You do not need to be overweight to have a double chin. Plus, if you are already thin, even a small amount of fat under the jaw can be enough to bring about feelings of self-consciousness. Before we can get down to the bottom of this issue, it is important to understand what causes it. Some of the factors that can contribute to fat under the neck include:
As you age, the elasticity in the skin ages as well. When the skin under the jaw and around the neck area loses elasticity, it can start to look looser and create the appearance of a double chin. The skin also becomes more transparent as this happens. Furthermore, unwanted fat becomes more difficult to get rid of as we age.
- Excess fat
If you are carrying extra weight, it is more likely that some of the weight will make its way under the neck area. This factor goes hand-in-hand with genetics because the location where the body stores fat is often genetic. Some people naturally store fat in the submental area regardless of how healthy they eat or how much they exercise. Check out some of our exercise and diet tips below that can help fix this problem and help you put your best face forward.
Increased instances of submental fat often run in the family. If relatives have a double chin, you are more likely to have one as well, but this does not mean you are powerless in this situation. Keep reading to learn more about how you can say goodbye to that double chin and take your power back.
- Poor posture
When you are carrying the body with poor posture, you are weakening the muscles of the neck and chin. Over time, this can contribute to the appearance of a double chin because the surrounding muscles will lose their elasticity when they are not being used.
Some individuals naturally have a shorter jawline, which makes the appearance of a double chin happen more easily. If you have a weak jawline, it can create the illusion of submental fat under the neck even if it is not there.
Can You Tighten Neck Skin Through Diet and Exercise?
If you find yourself struggling with submental fat, there are steps you can take to improve the appearance of excess fat under the chin and address any insecurities you might have, and some of these steps can be taken through natural means. Although we do not normally think to address the neck area when we hit the gym, there are plenty of exercises you can do at home that target this area, including:
- Straight jaw jut
To do this exercise, tilt the head back and look toward the ceiling and push your lower jaw forward until you feel a stretch under the chin. Hold this position for ten seconds and then relax the jaw and return the head to a neutral position.
- Pucker up
To do this exercise, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Next, pucker the lips as if you are kissing the ceiling, which will stretch the area under the chin.
- Ball exercise
For this exercise, place a small ball under the chin. An ideal size for the ball is around nine to ten inches. Next, press your chin down against the ball and repeat up to 25 times.
- Neck stretch
To do a neck stretch, tilt the head back and look at the ceiling. Next, press the tongue against the roof of the mouth and hold for 5-10 seconds.
- Tongue stretch
A tongue stretch is exactly what it sounds like. For this exercise, you will look ahead and stick your tongue out as far as it will go. Next, lift your tongue upward and toward the nose. Hold this position for up to ten seconds before releasing.
- Bottom jaw jut
To do a bottom jaw cut, tilt the head back and look at the ceiling. Next, turn your head to the right and slide the bottom jaw forward. Hold this position for up to 10 seconds before releasing and repeating.
- Touch your nose
Because a double chin is associated with weak hyoid muscles, strengthening them can make a big difference. The hyoid muscles are a group of four muscles superior to the hyoid bone of the neck. To strengthen this, you can try to reach your nose with your tongue and repeat this movement five times.
In addition to these exercises, there are some changes you can make in your diet that can help reduce the appearance of fat under your neck. Cutting out processed foods is one of the best ways to do this. When we think about processed foods, we are referring to refined grains, chips, baked goods, and other fried foods. Cutting out these foods for fresh fruits, lean meats, and vegetables can help cut back on overall calories consumed throughout the day and actually keep hunger pangs at bay through high fiber and protein.
If you are looking for preventative measures, high quality face masks and facial moisturizers can help. Face masks prevent the appearance of a double chin by enhancing the facial skin elasticity and toning facial muscles. As far as moisturizers, look for a product that contains key vitamins, elements, and extracts like vitamin C, green tea extracts, and collagen to tighten and hydrate the skin, which ultimately prevents the appearance of a double chin.
What Treatments Can Help Get Rid of a Double Chin?
For some patients, no amount of exercise or healthy eating can get them the strong jawline they want, and we are happy to help those patients achieve it. We offer a variety of weight loss treatments at Novopelle Med Spa. We offer free consultations to help patients find the treatment that fits their needs. Typically, one of the best treatments for excess fat under the neck is our Novo Lipo treatment. Patients love this treatment because it is not as time-consuming as what they normally imagine when they think of a weight loss treatment. A typical appointment takes about an hour, and it is easy on your body and should not be a painful recovery.
Novo Lipo is a noninvasive body contouring treatment that can be used for cellulite reduction. The technique was first used in Europe to give patients access to fat removal that does not require surgery, anesthesia, or downtime. It uses a combination of ultrasonic cavitation, microcurrent, and power plate vibration. When combined with acoustic waves and RF heat, the ultrasonic cavitation effectively breaks up fat cells in order to release their contents and encourage the body to flush out the excess fat through a metabolic process. Not only can the results of Novo Lipo be dramatic, but they are also long-lasting. Additional benefits of this procedure include:
- Reducing fat tissue and cellulite
- Sculpting figure
- Stimulating circulation
- Restoring elasticity
- Firming and tightening the skin
- Stimulating the metabolism
- Reducing muscle atrophy
The number of appointments you will need to achieve all of these benefits varies on a case-by-case basis. However, most patients see results after only one treatment. After a single treatment, unwanted fat cells are drained away, and patients find that the shape they want, whether that is in their face and neck area or throughout their body, is achieved. We take great pride in helping our patients address insecurities, especially when it comes to self-conscious feelings about the neck area. Most patients think there is no hope when it comes to improving this area, and we are happy to prove those worries wrong.
To learn more about fat loss treatments at Novopelle Med Spa, give us a call at (888) 429-7055 or contact us online.