How to Get Rid of Double Chin

How to Get Rid of Double Chin

The Embarrassing Double Chin

Do you suffer from a double chin? Does it cause you embarrassment? Have you tried to remedy the issue with diet and exercise? Well, you’re not alone and there is help.

How do I love thee? Let me count your chins.

Having a double chin can be an embarrassing physical condition for many Americans. Also called submental fullness, this excess of fat cells on the neck and chin can be difficult to remedy by exercise alone. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, double chins affect almost 68% of all Americans. Neck fullness is most often caused by a thick layer of body fat directly beneath the skin on the chin (called subcutaneous fat.) This combined with loose skin may create a fold in the skin, giving the appearance that the individual has a second chin.

What causes a double chin?

There a several factors that can contribute (alone or conjugation with one another) to the development of a double chin. They include:

Diet and weight can play in role in some cases. Weight gain might not always be the cause of your double chin, but it can contribute to its development. Diets that are high in calories and include processed foods and unhealthful fats may weight gain and trigger a double chin as well. Increased fat levels do to weight gain can precipitate the formation of a double chin. However, many individuals near their ideal body mass index can still present with submental fullness. The fat associated with double chins can be highly resistant to weight loss so exercising and dieting may help but will likely not resolve the condition alone.

Posture has been shown to influence the development of a double chin. Poor posture is known to weaken the muscles in the neck and chin, contributing to a double chin over time.

Age can play a factor. As the body ages, our skin will lose some of its natural elastic properties. This can lead to extra or saggy skin, contributing to the appearance of a double chin.

Genetics may have a role to play in developing a double chin. If there is a history of saggy skin with little elasticity or double chins, you might be more likely to develop one yourself.

How to Get Rid of Double Chin

How can you address your double chin?

Luckily, there exist three proven procedures for addressing conditions such as submental fullness in the neck and chin area: Kybella, liposuction and neck lift surgery.

Kybella, Liposuction or Neck Lift: Which is right for you?

 (deoxycholic acid) Kybella

Kybella was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 as a less intrusive alternative to liposuction. It is the first and only non-invasive treatment for improving neck and chin contouring. Kybella is administered via injections and attacks the fat cells responsible for a double chin, improving neck fullness.

The injections efficiently target the stubborn excess fat under the skin. As Kybella injections are non-surgical, they eliminate the lengthy recovery time required for surgical procedures such as liposuction or neck lift surgery. Kybella is injected directly into the fatty areas behind the chin. The injections target and cause the rapid destruction of fat cells. Kybella also prevents future fat accumulation. After treatment, the fat is absorbed and cleared from the area by the body’s natural metabolic process, leaving a clean fascial space (also known as the tissue space and submental area).

When the injections are performed properly, the Kybella only targets the obstinate subcutaneous fat cells. By administering the shots directly to the cells that are causing neck fullness, the adjacent cells and tissues are undamaged. To see the full effects of this medical wonder, you will need to receive the complete course of treatment, which can take up to six different sessions. Each session will be spread about a month apart from each other.


Liposuction can be performed on the neck. The results of this option are an immediate improvement of a double chin. Liposuction works best in cases where there exists a primary isolated fat pocket with very little skin excess. Likewise, if you have more than mild to minimal excess skin, this might not be the best option for you. Talk to your healthcare provider for an assessment.

While performing the liposuction procedure, your plastic surgeon or dermatologist will use a small tube (called a cannula). In addition, a suction device  removes excess fat from the area. The health provider will usually be able to remove the fat cells permanently, allowing the neck to be reshaped into an attractive contour. Sculpting the skin of the chin and neck into a pleasant shape is the primary goal of neck liposuction. The operation will take only about an hour and the majority of patients are healthy enough to return to their normal activities within a few short days of the procedure.

Liposuction Recovery For Double Chin

Some individuals recover quickly enough from chin lipo to return to work the next day. When the swelling has subsided, almost everyone returns within three days, and many are totally recovered within a week.

Lipo on the chin normally causes only minor discomfort.

However, the chin and neck are delicate areas. To prevent post-operative swelling and assist the skin properly adjust to the new neck contour, you doct9r will strongly advise you to continue wearing a wrap or chin strap for around 2 weeks.

For the first few days after surgery, here are five ideas to help with pain and swelling, as well as recovery.

• Sleep on a reclining chair with your head elevated at least 30 degrees.

• Keep lots of ice on hand to keep the surgery area cool.

• Do not lift or stoop.

• Maintain a healthy blood pressure level.

• Medications that can induce bruising should be avoided. NSAID pain medications, blood thinners, and a variety of vitamins fall under this category.

Neck Lift

(informational only- our surgeon does not perform this)

Excess fat under the skin isn’t always the primary culprit of one’s dissatisfaction with the appearance of his or her neck and chin area. Sometimes the unhappiness is a result of the presence of loose skin and lax neck muscles; and not of excess fat. If this is the case, your healthcare provider might recommend a neck lift procedure. During a neck lift, first incisions are carefully made behind the ears. In addition, they may also be made behind the chin. Therefore, they are strategically placed behind the chin and/or neck. This allows the surgeon to conceal the small amount of scarring that is present after the procedure.

First the surgeon will separate the platysma (neck muscles) from the skin. In addition, tighten the skin with sutures. Following its separation from the neck muscles, your surgeon will then redrape the skin over the area and trim off any excess skin. The typical recovery time takes one to two weeks. Consequently, you will need to refrain from participating in any strenuous activity for one to 2 months after the procedure.

Neck Lift Recovery

A neck lift typically takes 2 to 3 hours to complete. Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be used.

You can go home once you’ve recovered from anesthesia, but you’ll need someone else to drive you.

A tiny tube may be inserted into your neck to drain fluid that has accumulated beneath your skin.

Sutures will be used at the incision sites. You may also be sent home with a tight bandage on your arm.

The bandage will aid in the reduction of edema. Swelling may take from weeks to months to diminish before you notice the full results of your neck lift.

After neck lift surgery, most patients need about a week at home to rest and heal.

Your doctor will give you some tips to recover faster so make sure to follow them properly!


CoolSculpting is a really good option for patients looking forward to get rid of double chin since this is a non-invasive procedure.

In this surgery a device will be used to get rid of your fat cells by freezing them!

But don’t worry your other parts will be safe since CoolSculpting is used to eliminate fat cells from a specific area. It can help you remove fat cells from thighs, back and neck too. Which makes it a good choice to treat double chin.

This surgery is so short that sometimes people receive the treatment at lunch time and go back to their work.

When focused on a single area the process takes at least 45 minutes, but if you want more than one area to treat then it may take long.

When you will undergo the treatment you should expect intense cold or discomfort in the treated area.

And after the procedure swelling, bruising and redness is also normal.

Recovery Process For CoolSculpting

The best thing about CoolSculpting is that there is almost no recovery period, which means you can continue your daily routine right after the treatment.

However, a little soreness or redness is normal but don’t worry about it since it will go away in some weeks.

The frozen fat will be flushed away too but it will take 6 months to flush away completely.

After few more weeks your results will start appearing, but the major results will take time, at least 2 or 3 months.

Your doctor will provide you with some recovery tips like wearing loose clothes, drinking a lot of water, avoiding alcohol and smoking, you should follow them properly!

Lastly, don’t expect results to appear right away, since they will take time but after they appear they will be long lasting.

How to get better results from double chin surgery?

If you’re considering double chin surgery, here are some tips to help you achieve better results:

Choose an experienced and qualified surgeon: The skill and experience of your surgeon play a crucial role in the outcome of your double chin surgery. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in performing neck liposuction and has a proven track record of delivering successful results. Do thorough research, read reviews, and ask for before-and-after photos to evaluate the surgeon’s expertise and reputation.

Follow pre-operative instructions: Your surgeon will provide you with pre-operative instructions, which may include avoiding certain medications, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to prepare your body for surgery and optimize the results.

Communicate your expectations: During your consultation with the surgeon, clearly communicate your expectations and desired outcomes. This will help the surgeon understand your goals and customize the surgical plan accordingly. Realistic expectations are important, and your surgeon can provide you with a realistic assessment of what can be achieved with double chin surgery.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet can help you achieve better results from your double chin surgery. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle can prevent the recurrence of excess fat in the neck area and help maintain the results of the surgery in the long term.

Follow post-operative care instructions: Your surgeon will provide you with post-operative care instructions, which may include wearing a compression garment, avoiding strenuous activities, and taking prescribed medications. It’s crucial to follow these instructions diligently to ensure proper healing, minimize swelling and bruising, and achieve optimal results.

Be patient with the healing process: It’s important to be patient with the healing process after double chin surgery. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common in the initial days or weeks after the surgery, and it may take several weeks to months for the final results to become apparent.