You may have noticed that infants tend to have double chins. “Baby fat” isn’t just an expression; it’s a real thing. But infants tend to grow out of it. If you’re an adult with a double chin, you’re unlikely to grow out of it. So you may want to consider Cryoskin 3.0, a targeted fat reduction technique. Cryoskin for double chin can be an effective cosmetic procedure (not recommended for infants!). Just bear in mind that it only works if your double chin is the result of excess fat.
A Double Chin from Being Overweight
Look out for underlying medical conditions that can cause double chin. But if your double chin is the result of excess fat (and most are), there are options for reducing it.
First, however, don’t fall for exercises that promise to reduce a double chin. You are unlikely to ever find an exercise involving your head and neck that will be sufficiently intense and last long enough to shift your body from burning your stored carbs to burning fat. Even if you did, there’s no way to make sure the fat it will burn is your double chin fat. If these special exercises achieve anything, I strongly suspect they simply strengthen and tone muscles. There’s a lot to be said for that, but it’s not going to reduce the fat under your jaw. You would do more to reduce your double chin by training for a marathon than you would doing chin exercises.
Look for Noninvasive Treatments
If you’re not up for marathon training, there are three treatments for double chin. First, there is liposuction. If you find someone who offers liposuction for double chin, my advice is walk away. Liposuction of the face is not approved by the FDA. Practitioners may promote liposuction as noninvasive, but it means sticking a cannula under the skin to suck away fat. I don’t know how you do that noninvasively.
On the other hand, the FDA has approved Kybella, which is a fat-dissolving compound that a medical practitioner can inject under your chin. It takes two to four injections. Frankly, I didn’t look too deeply into this, because the idea creeps me out. Nevertheless, if you’re interested and have a high tolerance for needles, a doctor can probably explain the advantages and disadvantages.
Finally, there’s cryolipolysis, such as Cryoskin 3.0, which we offer here at Peak. Full disclosure: there is another cyrolipolysis process out there called CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has a greater market presence, but I don’t recommend it. This post from last May explains my reasoning.
Cryoskin for Double Chin
I do recommend Cryoskin, however. Cryoskin works because the intracellular electrolytes of the fat cells are the first to crystallize in very cold temperatures. By regulating the temperature precisely, the Cryoskin 3.0 wand is able to crystallize fat cells before any crystallization of skin, muscle, or nerve tissue.
The crystallized cells die and then are flushed out gradually through blood, lymph, and ultimately urine. Encouraging results are often visible from the first session, but the best results appear 15 days to three weeks after the first session, which is how long it takes the body to naturally remove all the dead cells. In fact, for multiple sessions, you are advised to allow 15 days between them, so as not to overload the lymphatic system.
Book a Cryoskin session for your double chin at Peak Recovery & Health Center.
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