If your biggest hang-up over your physical appearance is a double chin, you’re far from alone. In fact, submental fat, or the pocket of fat around the chin strap that shows up on both men and women, is one of the biggest complaints of those seeking cosmetic enhancements, says the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. One of the most frustrating parts is that it’s smack-dab on your face, so unlike a little excess fat on your stomach or rear, it’s nearly impossible to hide.
Who’s Affected and Why?
Another frustrating part of dealing with submental fat is that it doesn’t always have to do with weight gain. Sometimes, the culprit may be genetics, according to Medical News Today. If many of your family members are predisposed to loose skin, lack of elasticity, or pockets of fat in the chin area, you might be too. Of course, a poor diet and lack of exercise can also be factors, as well as your age, since skin naturally loses elasticity through the years. Regardless of the reason, it’s difficult getting rid of these pockets of fat once they’re established.
What Can You Do to Hide It?
Thankfully, there are plenty of tricks for concealing a double chin. One is to minimize it with makeup. Even if you prefer to go the all-natural route, you’ll be surprised by how a little foundation can transform even the most unchiseled of chins. Using the contour trend, highlight your cheekbones, lower forehead area, and the small area of the chin below your mouth with a lighter foundation. Now take a foundation that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone and shade in the hollow sides of your face just underneath your cheekbones, the sides of your forehead, and underneath your entire chin line. This will give the appearance of a more defined jawline.
Another chin-thinning solution that helps you look great in photos is to master the angles of your face. One flattering pose is to turn your face at a slight angle so you aren’t looking at the camera head-on. You can also tilt your head slightly down and push your head forward; your chin then creates a shadow in the picture. Just make sure you aren’t tilting too far down, or you’ll risk blending your chin and neck. Practice in the mirror to get the angle right.
Is There a Permanent Solution?
Unlike other areas of your body that can be targeted with a proper fitness regimen, the submental fat under your chin is quite tricky to dissolve. That’s why so many people turn to cosmetic procedures to get rid of these stubborn fat pockets. Thankfully, today’s options are far less invasive than procedures of the past. In fact, some are completely noninvasive, meaning there’s no surgery, no downtime, and limited discomfort.
One hot procedure like this is SculpSure. Not only is it nonsurgical, but it also targets and destroys fat pockets all over the body—even under the chin. SculpSure® emits a laser light that goes through your skin to heat up and damage fat cells, while simultaneously cooling your skin. The targeted fat is then expelled from your body naturally, not physically removed.
Each treatment session takes just 25 minutes and provides visible results after just two sessions. You can expect to see substantial progress (aka a more defined jawline) within six weeks and full results in as little as twelve weeks. After your procedure, you may experience some mild swelling and tenderness in your chin area. Don’t be alarmed though, as these side effects will subside. During this wait time, you can feel confident knowing the targeted fat cells in your chin area were destroyed and thus won’t return.
While the thought of having a procedure to enhance your appearance may be daunting, these are safe and effective methods that will allow you to feel like your best self, fast. Follow these tips to diminish your double chin and reveal a beautiful, defined jawline. You’ll be selfie ready in no time.
Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed. SculpSure is intended for non-invasive fat reduction for the submental (under the chin) area, abdomen, flanks, back, inner thighs and outer thighs. SculpSure is not a weight loss solution or for people who are obese.