Thursday, August 12, 2010

What is a Double Chin?

Sadly, a double chin is not something you can tag to someone with a weight problem. It is excess or fatty flesh found under the chin, but it can happen to a person who is underweight as well.

Pinch the skin under your chin and see if you can grasp anything. If you can, and it is easily done, then chances are you have a double chin. If you can barely grasp any skin or flesh, then you are a potential double chin victim.

There are four main reasons for a double chin: genetics, aging, bad nutrition and diet, or fluid or fat build-up. Fortunately, there are ways to remedy a double chin, and it does not have to involve undergoing an operation.

With genetics, you can tell early on that you are a candidate for double chin. All you have to do is look around at your relatives during the holidays or reunions. Don’t just limit your scope to the elderly relatives, but also include mature adults from the ages of 30 and older. Young teens or youngsters might have a double chin, but it cannot be determined if it is a weight problem or genetics, so leave them out of your checklist first.

You can try a variety of home-brewed remedies like the Vitamin E therapy, diet shifts, exercise, massage, or even chewing gum. If you are in need of a quick fix, then you have no other option but to seek cosmetic surgery. You will still be required to make some lifestyle changes, but it can wait until after your surgery is done.

While waiting for the double chin surgery or whichever remedy you decide on, there are ways to temporarily provide you an escape from the embarrassment of having a double chin. You could try improving your posture and wearing turtle necks, scarves, or other accessories that could hide the excess fleshiness under your chin.

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