The terrible truth: a double chin is the scourge of Russian women. Even slender girls sometimes have fat in this area, which cannot be removed by any diets. And especially often the second chin appears after 40. For some reason, French and German women dry out with age, and this stupid chin often grows in our country. How to fix it? Can you prevent it? Our expert cosmetologist, Ph.D., the owner of Muse Clinic Natalya Chigrova reports.
My patients very often ask: is it possible to do something with a double chin?
I always answer: let's figure it out. Because fat in the chin area can appear for several completely different reasons - and it is very important to understand what exactly we are dealing with. The problem of a double chin can be related to age or weight gain. And it happens that it is simply due to the structure of the facial skeleton: here it is usually a malocclusion or just a small chin that you inherited. By the way, what the patients call "turkey neck" does not necessarily consist of adipose tissue, it can be tense muscles in combination with atonic skin.
Photo from the book "Cosmetological anatomy of the face" ELBI-SPb, 2017
How to assess if your chin is proportional and does not need correction?
It's easy to do: take a ruler and measure the face using the Powell and Humphreys method - the diagram is shown in the photo. It is believed that the ideal value of this angle is 85 degrees (you can build and measure it in your profile photo with a ruler and a protractor). Depending on the reason for the formation of a double chin, I select the appropriate correction method. Here are the most effective ones:
1. Injections of lipomodulators in the double chin area, which reduce the volume of adipose tissue in the injection area. Within a month after the injection, the fat layer will decrease, the oval of the face will become more toned.
2. Botulinum toxin injections into the chin muscle and the subcutaneous muscle of the neck. The fact is that often with a naturally small chin, the muscles of this zone are in tension. In this case, small dimples form on the chin itself (a symptom of a thimble), and vertical tense strands can be seen on the border of the chin and neck. This condition is easily corrected with a small dosage of botulinum toxin. The drug temporarily (on average 4 months) blocks neuromuscular transmission in the injection zone, and the muscle relaxes. The chin becomes smoother and slightly more voluminous, and the angle between it and the neck is sharper.
3. Filler injections to increase chin volume. Such a correction not only harmonizes facial features and rejuvenates, but also "tightens" the second chin.
4. Hardware ultrasonic lifting of the double chin area. Intense focused ultrasound produces a point heating of the area of the musculo-aponeurotic layer. As a result, it shrinks and provides a lasting tightening effect.