I just read an excellent article by Dr. Richard Tew on Carolyn’s Facial Fitness website. In the article he talks about how a quick loss of weight, perhaps with bariatric surgery, would have a negative effect on facial skin and the skin of the neck. The weight loss would make the skin sag and crease. Whereas a slow loss of weight with diet and proper exercise might keep the skin of the face and front of the neck from becoming slack. The skin would adapt to the new body weight, especially if the facial and neck muscles were exercised three or four times a week.
But read the whole article I linked to above. Here are some of the topics Dr. Tew discusses: Weight Gain Is Different for Face and Neck, What Does the Skin Do When Weight Is Lost? Stretching the Skin, Skin Is Dynamic, and Use It or Lose It.
It’s a long article, but for people who are now overweight and tend to lose weight, the information is valuable. But this is a good article for all people. I’ve read it several times and learned a lot from it.
There is a dramatic positive change in this woman’s appearance. She is now an attractive woman.
“Beauty is better than any recommendation letter.” Aristotle obviously thought that beauty was a great asset, one that can make a person’s life easier and open many doors. This is superficial but it is not total nonsense. An attractive face does get attention.
What Is a Double Chin?
So why do some people have it and others don’t? First off, a double chin is technically called submental fat and it’s basically a compartment that’s filled with fat.
But what causes a double chin in the first place? A variety of factors can contribute to the appearance of a double chin, among them: weight gain, aging (your muscles in the area can weaken, fat accumulates, and skin loosens as you get older), and genetics.
“For most people, a ‘double chin’ is a combination of fat deposition, excess loose skin, or both,” says Lara Devgan, M.D., M.P.H., a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City. “The single most common reason for someone to have a double chin is a genetic predisposition to storing fat in the submentum, or the area under the chin. This means that a person’s age, weight, and physique matter less than his or her genetic tendencies.”
For this reason, people are more prone to ask plastic surgeons for help, says Devgan. “I receive many inquiries from men and women concerned about excess submental fullness or double chin.”
Devgan’s strategy involves one of three options: injecting deoxycholic acid into the fat to melt it (requires multiple treatments), performing micro liposculpture to suck out excess fat, or a surgical necklift.
Change your Diet
Removing certain things from your diet like salt and sugar can help reduce water retention, which can lead to swelling in the face.
Excess sugar also causes inflammation and this can lead to other health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Both of these conditions can cause swelling of the arms, legs, and face.
Avoid eating too many packaged foods. Instead, opt for whole foods like fresh veggies and whole grains which are low in both salt and sugar.
Also, read the labels on any packaged foods you buy. Many of these foods have added sugars and excess sodium.
Water helps the body detox and flush waste products that can cause inflammation and swelling everywhere, including the face. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated. You’ll need to drink more on days you exercise or do any vigorous activity, especially if it’s hot.
Try Facial Exercises
Giving the facial muscles a work out can help tone the face, making it look slim and toned.
Facial Yoga has become quite popular.
But there are also facial exercises taught by Facial Magic’s Rowland.
The facial workout consists of 18 exercises that use isometric contraction and resistance and take about 35 seconds each.