Double chin, also known as submental fat, is a common condition that occurs when a layer of fat forms below the chin.
Individuals with a double chin have an excess layer of fatty tissue under their lower jaw. This can affect all ages, genders and BMI.
As skin ages, it starts to lose its elasticity. Aging causes metabolism to slow down and lose collagen resulting in the accumulation of double chin fat and the development of sagging loose skin around the neck and under-chin.
Having a double chin can be aesthetically unappealing, but there are health risks associated with it.
One of the main risks of having a double chin is that it can cause difficulty breathing. The extra fat around the neck can compress the airway, making it difficult to take deep breaths leading to sleep apnea.
It can also cause pain in the neck and jaw. Extra weight can put pressure on the joints, leading to pain and discomfort.