HOW TO GET RID OF A DOUBLE-CHIN (AND MAKE SURE IT STAYS AWAY)
Double chins are a fact of life for some. Happily, there are ways to get rid of them with help from this guide.
Double chins appear when a sheet of fat around the neck begins to sag. The condition is associated with overweight people, but even those with perfect health, BMI score and body weight can suffer from them as the condition is hereditary.
Another factor is age. As you get older you lose the muscles around your neck and chin causing your skin to loosen.
However, there are ways to combat the condition, from simple muscle-toning exercises, overall weight loss and a non-invasive medical procedure to reduce the appearance of an unwanted double chin.
Option 1: Five facial and chin exercises to combat a excess fat and a double chin
Sitting with your back straight and shoulders down, tilt your head back so you're looking at the ceiling. Then press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Keeping the tongue in place, lower your chin to the chest, resisting the urge to arch your back. Then let your tongue fall and return to its natural position. Repeat 20 times.
You can do this standing up or sitting down. Open your mouth as wide as possible, then – and this is the fun bit – stick your tongue as far as it'll go. Hold this position for 10 seconds, and feel it tightening the muscles in your neck and under your chin. Repeat 10 times.
Sit or stand with your spine straight. Then slowly rotate around in a full circle, keeping your shoulders down throughout (If circular rotations cause neck pain, just do semicircles from shoulder to shoulder). Repeat 10 times.
You need to stand for this one. Tilt your head back so you're looking up at the ceiling, then attempt to 'kiss' the ceiling – really stick those puckering lips out! Hold this for five seconds, then relax and return to the starting position. This counts as one rep. Do two sets of 15 reps.
Take your thumb and place it under your jawline, just as it turns up to our ear. Place the index finger of the same hand on the opposite side, so you're ‘cradling’ your neck. Keep your hand still, then push forward your neck (like a pigeon) and keep it there for 30 seconds. Keep this position for 30 seconds, release your hand then go back to the starting position.
Overall body exercise will also drastically reduce the appearance of a double chin around your jaw, as well as a balanced diet.
Option 2: Non-invasive medical procedure
The most effective way of treating a double-chin, this procedure uses the Ultraformer – a machine that uses ultrasound to lift, tone and tighten the skin around the face.
A typical session lasts an hour, and the results are as good as surgery without the stress of having to go under the knife.
Most patients choose not have any anaesthetic as there’s little pain involved, though the option’s there if you want it.
In terms of time, some patients will see an immediate effect, while others note an improvement over two-three months. The effects last between six months to a year.
Find out more about Ultraformer treatments