Don’t buy that turtleneck or scarf just yet!
One of the first areas to show signs of aging is the neck. From the day we are born our neck is subject to the force of gravity. Weight gain, sun exposure, fluctuations in hormones and genetics add additional stressors to the neck damaging the collagen and elasticity. The neck starts to lose its battle with gravity and it begins to sag creating wrinkles and a crepe effect. For some it doesn’t sag but instead blows up and becomes a double chin.
A double chin, also known as submental fat, is a common condition that occurs when a layer of fat forms below your chin. There are two types of double chin. The first type is due to excess adipose tissue or fat and it is commonly seen on overweight people. It is especially noticeable when the individual lowers his or her head. The second, and more common type of double chin, is due to genetics or looser skin resulting from aging or rapid weight loss. The skin has lost its ability to produce collagen and elastin creating loose skin and flaccid muscles that can longer maintain a tight form.
If you have either type of double chin, don’t panic and buy a closet of turtlenecks. There are treatments that can help. The Dr. Cárdenas Aesthetic Medical Center offers effective, non-surgical methods to improve the neck area. Dr. Cárdenas uses Radiofrequency (RF) to remove mild or moderate fat tissue in the neck area. Radio frequency skin tightening (RF) is an aesthetic technique that uses RF energy to heat tissue and stimulate subdermal collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin.
Treatments to eliminate the double chin
A technique called Mesotherapy is used to eliminate a double chin due to larger amounts of adipose tissue and remove a small amount of excess skin. Mesotherapy involves a simple series of injections which help break down unwanted small localized areas of fat.
Regardless of the method used to improve the neck area it will be important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program following the procedure. Weight gain will eliminate the dramatic effects of any successful procedure.