Survey indicates impact of double chins on self-perception and behaviour

30 Mar 2017

A survey has suggested that 47% of adults are bothered by the appearance of the area under their chin.

Commissioned by Allergan to better understand the personal impact of submental fullness, the survey indicated that 49% of the 1,996 respondents said that the area under their chins negatively impacts their appearance, while nearly half (45%) felt that people noticed the area under their chin.   

Notably, upon evaluation of photographs of individuals with varying levels of submental fullness, 78% of respondents said they are more likely to notice a double chin on a woman than a man.    

The survey also suggested that women were more concerned with the area beneath their chin, with 55% of female respondents reporting being bothered by the area, compared to 40% of male respondents.   

Other key statistics indicated that 35% of respondents shy away from photos because of their double chin, 35% avoid video chats and conference calls, and 29% of men have grown a beard to hide the area under their chin.   

Dr Shannon Humphrey, board-certified dermatologist and co-author of the survey said, “The results of this survey mimic what I hear from patients on a daily basis – they are bothered by submental fullness and are looking to address the problem. In many cases, the submental fullness is genetic and resistant to diet or exercise.”  

She continued, “These findings will help physicians to better understand the impact a double chin has on our patients so we can address this issue and provide them with effective treatment options.”  

 1,996 men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 were surveyed in the US. 

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  • Dr Vipal Arora 01 Apr 2017 / 2:22 PM

    Cool Sculpting for the change.