What Causes A Double Chin? And How To Get Rid Of It.

Given the option, there’s a good chance that — regardless of gender — most of us would choose to have a chiseled jawline. But other than runway supermodels and statues of Greek gods, the majority of us have softer jawlines. As we age or gain weight, that roundness becomes fuller, and before we know it, we’ve developed a bit of a double chin that doesn’t exactly make us want to pose for a profile portrait.

It may be that you’ve always had a double chin. But it’s more likely a recent addition — another one of time’s loving gifts to your body. Whichever camp you fall into, there are various ways you can banish that double chin and be proud of your  profile. Here’s everything you need to know about what causes a double chin, how to get rid of a double chin, and double chin removal cost.

What Causes a Double Chin?

Age. As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity. And when gravity takes hold, we lose firmness, especially in our faces and under the chin.

Weight Gain. Fluctuations in weight — especially from yo-yo dieting — are another cause of a double chin. When you stay at a consistent weight, the skin is well maintained, but regular weight gain and loss can render the skin stretched and loose.

Genetics.The third cause of submental fat, also known as a double chin, is genetics. That’s why if a double chin runs in your family, you have an increased risk of developing one yourself.

The lesson here is that while a double chin can be a sign of weight gain, it’s not always the case. Thankfully, there are various ways to banish your double chin, so throw out those turtlenecks and say hello to V-necks.

Easy and Natural Ways to Banish Your Double Chin

If you’ve ever seen someone performing “facial exercises,” you probably thought they looked pretty silly — and we are the first to admit they do! But when you think about it, the area under our chin doesn’t get intentional exercise the way all of our other muscles do when we want to firm and tone — so why not give it a try?

It’s important to note that these chin exercises have not been proven effective by science, but they do carry anecdotal evidence. Best of all, they’re easy to do—you could be sitting in your chair at work or stranded in traffic and getting in some “face yoga.” In most cases, no one would even know! To strengthen and tone the skin and muscles below your chin, remember to incorporate these exercises each day.

If your double chin is a symptom of weight gain, one of the easiest ways to banish or reduce this submental fat is to incorporate regular healthy eating and exercise into your daily lifestyle, including:


  • Aim for four servings of veggies and three servings of fruits per day
  • Avoid processed foods and sugar as much as possible
  • Replace refined grains with whole grains
  • Eat lean proteins such as poultry and fish
  • Replace unhealthy fats with healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, and avocados


  • Engage in moderate physical activity for 30 to 45 minutes daily, or for 300 minutes per week
  • Reduce body fat with twice-weekly strength training

While facial exercises, a healthy diet, and regular workouts are a safe way to lose weight and reduce excess fat, they may not be enough to erase your double chin. And not everyone has the willpower, time, or energy to make these lifestyle changes — especially without a guarantee of success.

How Can You Get Rid of Your Double Chin Permanently?

Woman's double chin with markings for Kybella treatment to dissolve it.Kybella is the first and only non-surgical treatment approved by the FDA that contours and shapes the appearance of submental fullness by dissolving excess fat.

The science of the Kybella double chin treatment is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When this acid is injected into the fat beneath your chin, fat cells are melted away, while all other surrounding cells stay safe and unaffected. This results in a smoother jawline similar to plastic surgery — but without the expense or recovery time. Kybella double chin treatments are quick, require minimal downtime, and deliver long-lasting results.

If you’re ready to show the world a profile you’re proud of, contact us at Viva Day Spa + Med Spa to schedule your complimentary consultation and find out more about double chin removal cost in Austin.

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