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4 Ways To Get Rid Of A Double Chin

Are you tired of the fullness under your chin that makes you look chubby and feel uncomfortable when going out? Whether it is a new problem or you have been struggling with it for some time, you need a long-term solution for it. If you are interested in getting rid of stubborn submental fat and improving the appearance of your neck, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Shokrian at Millennial Plastic Surgery. He determines if you are a good candidate for cosmetic procedures, discusses surgical and non-surgical treatment options, and recommends the best procedure to remove excess fat, smooth the skin and shape your submental area.

A double chin can be a result of genetics, loose skin, or weight gain. Also called submental adiposity in medical terms, a double chin is not only annoying but also affects your overall looks and personality. To deal with your double chin effectively and get rid of it for good, you must first understand what it is, where it comes from, and what it means for your body and wellness.

If you are overweight, the best initial treatment is diet and exercise, but sometimes, the fat in the chin and neck can be stubborn. In such a case, you may need some help to get your slim and elegant profile back.l

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What Is Submental Adiposity?

Submental adiposity or submental fat is a common problem that occurs when an excess layer of fat forms between the chin. A double chin is often associated with weight gain, but you don’t necessarily have to be overweight or obese to have it. Sometimes, genetics or loose skin resulting from aging can also lead to a double chin, which often becomes extremely difficult to get rid of.

It affects young and old, and men and women alike, and can happen for several reasons. Many people try to lose an impressive amount of weight by improving their lifestyle and eating habits but are still plagued by submental fat despite. The good news is you don’t have to live with a double chin and feel bad every time you look into the mirror as there are so many ways to get rid of a double chin.

Top Ways To Get Rid Of A Double Chin

Here are some options that can effectively remove a double chin and give you a slimmer neck and face.


Kybella is an FDA-approved, unique agent called deoxycholic acid that improves fullness associated with submental fat. It is a bile acid, normally produced by the body, which helps with fat absorption during the digestive process. When injected into submental fat, Kybella causes a reaction in the fat cells, destroying them permanently and preventing the body from storing fat in the chin area.

It is a non-surgical, safe, and effective option that has revolutionized the way of eliminating a double chin. It works well for patients whose double chin is caused by excess fat and who have mild to moderate skin excess and delivers amazing, natural results after just one session. It also helps with skin tightening and sharpening of the chin profile.

How Does It Work?

The specialist administers multiple small injections under the chin. This process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections depends on the fat under the chin and the profile you desire. If more than one session of Kybella are needed, the treatments are typically separated by approximately 6 weeks. Most patients report instant results after one Kybella treatment.

The Kybella is injected after a topical numbing medication is applied to the chin. A template diagram sticker is placed on the area to determine the quantity of chemical needed for the injection. As of now, Kybella is only meant for injecting into the submental region. Chances are that it will be used in other parts of the body but at present, its use in any other area, except the chin, is off-label.

The most common side effects of Kybella include swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and hardness in the treatment area. If you experience any other symptoms, call your doctor for medical advice.


CoolSculpting is another non-surgical option that helps to remove stubborn fat from under the chin safely and effectively. This method utilizes a process known as cryolipolysis, where a device freezes and destroys the fat cells, just below the surface of the skin, by subjecting them to freezing temperatures.
Although the term CoolSculpting is often referred to the process of cryolipolysis, it is actually the brand name of a specific medical device used to achieve cryolipolysis.

CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved procedure that uses controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate fat that does not go away with diet and exercise. Its results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, ensuring you look great.

How Does It Work?

During the procedure, the specialist applies gel pads to the targeted areas and then passes over them with the device. He may also use an applicator cup with a vacuum to draw the tissue into the cup. In either case, the goal is to apply low temperatures to specific areas of the body to kill fat cells, thus changing their shape. You can expect to feel a sensation of intense cold, pulling, and slight discomfort in the treatment area.

The specialist will ensure that you are a candidate for CoolSculpting by checking if the device’s vacuum applicator fits on your neck. Treatment sessions take about 45 minutes when only the submental or the chin area is being targeted. If any other body areas are also being treated, sessions will take longer. It is important to note that dead fat cells do not disappear overnight.

Experts believe it may take up to six months for the body to fully process and eliminate the dead fat cells after the procedure. Some mild swelling, redness, and slight bruising are common side effects of this procedure, but they do not last long.

Submental Liposuction

For people, who are tired of their double chin, submental liposuction or neck liposuction may be a great solution. This minimally invasive surgical procedure can improve the appearance of the neck and chin by getting rid of excessive fat. It works best for people with a fatty double chin or otherwise heavy neck area and improves the contour of the neck for a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

How Does It Work?

Submental liposuction can be performed either with local anesthesia or injecting numbing medication. Some people may also require a relaxant to keep the pain down. Once the skin is numb, small incisions are made in a hidden skin crease underneath the chin. The skin is then separated from the fat through a small incision, and a suction device removes the excess fat.

The incision is closed with sutures that are removed approximately one week after the procedure. In certain cases, the specialist may remove fat from both the neck and jawline for enhanced, natural outcomes. Recovery time is fast, and you may see results within a few weeks.

Submental liposuction can also produce a skin-tightening effect as the skin heals, producing incredible results by giving you a sharper chin angle.

While Kybella, CoolSculpting, and submental lipoplasty effectively remove the excess fat in the neck and submental region, achieving ideal results often becomes impossible without surgery, especially if you have fat that extends towards the neck. A lower face and neck lift is the best way to remove submental fat as well as excess neck skin that makes you look chubby.

Lower Face And Neck Lift

A lower face and neck lift tightens the lower face and neck to remove excess skin, making patients look much younger than before.

A lower facelift is a surgical procedure that corrects the jowls and the neck by repositioning skin and muscles. This surgery allows doctors to remove fat and loose, saggy skin around the chin and neck, eliminating a double chin. While it can be performed with a local anesthetic, most people are administered general anesthesia so that the surgeon can work easily. Facelift is also called a weekend lift due to its shorter recovery time.

Lower Face-Lift

The neck lift procedure aims to remove extra skin or tighten neck muscles to improve the contours of the neck and chin. Your accredited cosmetic surgeon adjusts the upper part of your platysma muscles that extend from the upper chest over the collarbone and sides of the neck. Doctors often combine a traditional face-lift with this procedure, which may cause a tight feeling in the neck for several months.

Lower face and neck lift surgery works best for people who seek a more permanent, one-time treatment to rid of their double chin along with any excess skin on the neck and lower face at the same time.

Consulting an experienced top-rated cosmetic surgeon is the first step toward getting rid of your double chin. He will determine the location and levels of fat and distinguish normal anatomical structures from fat to recommend treatment options based on the presence of excess fat in your submental region.

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Visit our plastic surgery centers in Manhattan and Bronx to explore the best options to rejuvenate and refine your appearance and self-confidence. Cosmetic treatment is the only way to reduce double chin if you cannot achieve the results you are striving for despite losing weight and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Dr. David Shokrian helps you understand how cosmetic procedures work and which treatment or combination of treatments will deliver the results you seek. He ensures you enjoy a more defined chin and neck area and overall better looks in the shortest possible time with revolutionary technology and the highest level of care.

Page Updated on Mar 19, 2024 by Dr. Shokrian (Plastic Surgeon) of Millennial Plastic Surgery

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