Erase a Double Chin Using These 10+ Proven Methods!
Having a double chin doesn't mean it has to last a lifetime. There are some definite actions you can take so you don't have to feel self conscious. However, eliminating that extra layer of fat may take some time! Remember, it probably didn't happen overnight so don't expect results to be immediate.
There are a few factors that contribute to doubling of the chin. They are: body fat, anatomy, and time.
Fat is stored on the body just like its stored in other places. Even a few extra pounds can end up under your chin.
You don’t necessarily have to be overweight to get a double chin either. Thin people can get them if they genetically have the right chin and jaw. (anatomy)
The less sharp the angle between the jawline and neckline, the greater the risk of having extra folds on your neck. Also the lower your adams apple is on your neck, the better chance you have of sagging skin under your chin.
Time and aging also increase the odds of having extra pudginess. Skin starts to lose its elasticity after 35-40 years. Even if you’re fit and firm you may still show a slight double chin because the skin simply becomes ‘looser’.
Having two chins is just nature’s way of reminding us that time is speeding by quickly. So, how do you turn back time and rid yourself of extra fat under your chin? Check out these helpful tips.
Tips to Get Rid of a Double Chin!
Chew gum, which gives your jaw muscles a healthy workout!
Before going to bed at night, massage wheat germ oil - which contains vitamin E - on the entire chin area for 10 minutes using upward strokes. Repeat as many nights a week as you possibly can and watch for results!
The best and easiest way to get rid of extra fat is to lose around 10-15 pounds of overall body fat. Once you lose the weight you’ll probably find that your chin size has diminished to the point where you’ll be satisfied.
Place a tennis ball under the chin and use your neck to hold it there. Apply force to compress the ball with your chin. Do this each day for several minutes.
Many people who have double chins also hold their heads down a lot. If you do this often enough, you are bound to end up with a double chin! Don't live your life looking at the ground however! You may be unconscious that you do it at all.
Instead of hanging your head down like you're in the walk of shame, hold your head up. Make it a practice to keep your head held high. If you have low self esteem, holding your chin up will actually improve self worth.
With your head held high, you stretch neck muscles which helps elongate them. When you hold your head down you contract the muscles, crunching them together.
It may seem strange, but muscles actually have memory and they remember and retain certain movements. If they are used to being all crunched together, then they’ll stay contracted. If you stretch your chin and neck often, your muscles will remember to elongate instead of contract.
FYI - Ever notice how dancers and ballerinas NEVER have double chins? Well, the elongated neck muscles are the reason. They constantly have their necks poised. Be ballerina-like and hold your chin up high!
Stretch your neck out by lifting your chin towards the ceiling, then make a fish mouth. This tightens all the muscles of the neck.
Massage your neck regularly! Use your index and middle fingertips or make a fist and use your knuckles. Slowly and firmly stroke from underneath your chin all the way down your neck. Be sure to hold your head up while you stroke. Do it several times on all sides of your neck. Be careful going over your larynx though. (Don’t choke yourself!) Then stroke all the way up your neck back to your chin. Repeat this technique several times a week. If you massage or stroke it often enough, you’ll be more apt to see noticeable results.
FYI – When you massage fat on a regular basis, it helps break up adipose. (FAT) Fat cells that break away are then released into the blood stream and expelled by the body. The more you massage, the more fat cells you break up and release. And of course, the less double chin you’ll have. Of course to help flush the fat cells from the body, you’ll need to drink plenty of water.
Exercising the muscle called the platysma is the most often recommended exercise for fat under the chin. To exercise it, open your mouth wide, pull your bottom lip over your bottom teeth, and then work your jaw up and down as if you were trying to scoop something up with your lower jaw. They call this exercise 'the shovel', and you might look a bit ridiculous doing it, but eventually you’ll start to notice a difference if you stick to it on a daily routine.
Using the back of your hand, gently slap under your chin. Increase the speed and keep slapping for a few minutes. This helps break up adipose tissue as well!
Sculpted surgery works very well for severe cases of double chins. But it costs around $5000 - $7000 to have it done. Ouch!
The surgery works like this: You will either have general or local anesthesia to numb the area. Your surgeon will make a small horizontal cut under your chin and then liposuction out the fat. They then cut vertically between the jaw and the neck muscles and sutures the edges together. There is minimal bruising and pain associated with the procedure. It takes around 10 days to recover completely.
For a wee fee more, you can also get a chin implant. Chin implants are a piece of solid silicone that is place between the jawbone and sheath of tissue that covers the bone. The implant gives a more prominent jaw and further accentuates the angle between the jawline and neck.
Tips That Hide a Double Chin
Wear a scarf around your neck.
The worst thing you can do is to get a ‘Bob’ haircut that's blunt cut to your chin or curls under your chin. It will draw attention TO your chin, which is NOT what you want. If you want to hide your neck and chin, create layers around your face. Be aware that some longer hairstyles can make the chin and neck appear thicker too.
Open necklines detract attention away from the chin and neck and are more flattering to women with double chins. Turtlenecks, dangling earrings, and chokers are big ‘no no’s.
Another way to get attention away from the chin and neck by enhancing another body part or facial feature. Accentuate your eyes or lips for example with bolder makeup colors. Wearing bright shoes or clothing works great too.
So stay out of double trouble! You can get rid of or at least diminish your double chin using these exercises and actions!
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.