Men’s Health: How to Get Rid of Double Chin

09 Sep 2019 | Category: Cosmetic

Men’s Health magazine’s recent article on how to get rid of a double chin included explanation on why some people are more prone to this than others.

Dr Ross Perry told Men’s Health that some people are simply genetically predisposed to building up a double chin due to bone structure and facial anatomy:

“…some people may be quite slim with low body fat yet have a double chin, due to the lack of projection in their chin and jawline”

Conversely, Dr Perry says that others may have a good jaw/chin projection yet weight gain causes an accumulation of fat cells, creating a double chin. Ageing and loose skin also exacerbates the appearance of the submental (under chin) area.

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We caught up with Dr Ross Perry for his advice on what you can do to tackle a double chin.

Lifestyle changes

Accumulation of fat cells is a key issue in development of double chin, so lifestyle changes designed to reduce the fat are recommended. Dr Perry says:

“Maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle is the best advice for getting rid of excess fat in any area of the face or body.

“If you are carrying any excess weight, look to reduce calorie intake by cutting back on fatty and sugary food and, instead opting for healthy choices with high protein, veg, salad and fruit intake instead.

“Exercise boosts the body’s consumption of calories too, therefore helping with weight loss and fat reduction.

“Bear in mind that both diet and exercise will benefit the whole body, not just the chin.”

Can facial exercises help?

Dr Perry gives his realistic advice on the idea that exercises can get rid of a double chin:

“Exercises have limited value in getting rid of a double chin, but smiling a lot is good to keep the area mobile, as this instantly lifts and tightens the skin beneath the chin.

“In terms of more focused exercises, then anything that moves and stretches the area beneath the chin is good; and anything that engages the muscles in the area, as this is where you might be able to improve tone. Exaggerated mouth opening and ‘yawning’ movements can help to mobilise the area. Also try tilting your head gently back and forth while opening and closing your mouth to feel a stretch.”

Fat-busting injections

There are non-surgical treatments where injections of a special solution are used to break down buildup of fat cells and a new product is anticipated in the UK in the next few months. Dr Perry explains:

“Fat reduction injections are available but not yet licensed in the UK. These tend to work well for stubborn areas and we are waiting on approval of the ‘flab jab’ called Belkyra that is approved in America to hopefully be with us at the end of the year.”

NB – Belkyra is also known as Kybella in the USA.

Other Treatment Solutions

“Other treatments that can define the jaw line are HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) such as Ulthera or Ultraformer and whilst maybe not remove the double chin will help enhance the profile.

“Another approach is to enhance the chin and jaw shape, creating a stronger profile. This can be done by using injectable facial fillers and works well where patients have lost weight and have loose skin.

“Lastly surgical options are always the last resort and can work well for those where non surgical treatments are not appropriate or results may not be optimal for patients expectations.”

Dr Ross Perry

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Ross qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic injections (BOTOX® Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Facial Fillers).


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Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.


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