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What Causes a Double Chin?

A double chin sneaks up on you. In one photo, you’re smiling, and your jawline looks fine. Then, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and notice at a certain angle that you have more than one chin. There is only one of you, so one chin is all you need.

There are many causes for a double chin, which is also known as submental fat. Having excess fat is part of it, but there are other reasons you may be seeing double when you look at your chin.


As you get older, the elasticity in your skin starts to wane. This reduction in elasticity can make your skin get saggy and loose in your chin and elsewhere on your body. This loose, saggy skin under your chin eventually looks like a double chin.

Excess fat

A double chin often means that the fat in your full face has nowhere else to go except under it. In other words, your double chin is a result of excess weight and fat. Being overweight doesn’t necessarily lead to a double chin, but it can contribute to the likelihood of developing one. 


Look at the other people in your family. Do they, too, have double chins, regardless of their age or weight? If they do, you may have a propensity for fat to accumulate in your chin. 


Some people simply have shorter jawlines, making a double chin hard to avoid. Also, a weak jawline or chin can make your chin look double, even if it’s not. 

Poor posture

Poor posture can cause all sorts of health and beauty problems. Aside from neck, back, and shoulder pain, slouchy posture can weaken the neck and chin muscles. Over time, these weakened muscles lead to weakened and saggy skin. 

How to get rid of a double chin

Fortunately, a simple and effective. noninvasive procedure can help reduce or eliminate your double chin. At Wasatch Family Practice and Oceans Contours in Layton, Utah, we offer SculpSure Submental. Sculpsure is a popular and effective body-sculpting procedure. Sculpsure Submental, approved by the FDA in 2017, uses the same technology to help people improve their look by eliminating an unwanted double chin.

During the 25-minute procedure, one of our expertly trained aestheticians uses a wand to heat the fat cells in your chin until they expire. Over the next six weeks, your body slowly flushes these fat cells away, leaving you with only one chin and a beautiful jawline. More than one session may be necessary, depending on your beauty goals. 

If you’re ready to improve your appearance and get rid of your double chin, call Ocean Contours at Wasatch Peak Family Medicine to find out if SculpSure Submental is right for you. You can also request an appointment online.

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