Double chins: tell us how you really feel

A new survey conducted by a cosmetic company into how we feel about our double chins has revealed that 47 per cent of respondents were bothered by the appearance of the area under their chin. This is not a surprise – as we age, the double chin appears due to fatty deposits (not related to weight) and collagen loss means the skin can droop.

Double chins are treated using a combination of skin-tightening treatments (like radiofrequency) and liposuction or lipodissolve – tightening skin and removing fat to recontour the neck and chin area.

So what do we really think of our double chins? 
The survey looked at how people perceived their double chins, but also looked at how they thought other people saw their double chins. Almost 2,000 men and women aged between 18 and 65 were surveyed.

Double chin survey results:

  • 47 per cent said they were bothered by their double chin
  • 49 per cent said that the double chin negatively impacts their appearance
  • 45 per cent said they felt like other people noticed their double chin
  • 55 per cent of the women respondents said they were bothered by their double chin, compared to 40 per cent of men
  • 35 per cent said they shy away from photographs
  • 35 per cent shy away from video chats and conference calls
  • 29 per cent of men grew a beard to hide their double chins, with younger men more likely to do this than older men
  • 78 per cent of respondents said they are more likely to notice a double chin on a woman than a man

Self-perception is an important element of anyone seeking cosmetic treatments, so understanding where people are at with their double chins has been useful for cosmetic dermatologists. Understanding how patients feel about their double chins can allow more effective treatments and better appointments.

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