A double chin, also known as submental fat, is what happens when a layer of fat forms below your chin and is very common in people of all shapes and sizes. It can be associated with weight gain but can also be caused by genetics or looser skin that results from aging.

Getting rid of a double chin is not always as easy as simply losing weight and many people feel they are plagued with this feature, despite being otherwise healthy. The good news is that the double chin can easily be remedied with one of the following treatments:

  1. CoolSculpting For Double Chin
  2. Kybella Injectable
  3. Submental Liposuction
  4. Morpheus8 Skin Tightening

CoolSculpting For Double Chin

CoolSculpting your double chin is a non-invasive procedure that uses cryolipolysis, aka “fat freezing,” to target and eliminate fat cells under the chin and in the neck. This treatment can result in a slimmer and more defined jawline. Here is how it works:

  • Targeted cooling: A CoolSculpting applicator is applied to your chin, and the applicator applies controlled cooling to the targeted fat cells.
  • Fat cell destruction: By CoolSculpting your neck, the controlled cooling damages the fat cells so they die.
  • Natural elimination: After double chin CoolSculpting, your body will naturally flush out the destroyed fat cells over the course of the next 12 weeks.

Benefits of CoolSculpting for double chin:

  • Non-invasive
  • Minimal downtime
  • Gradual results
  • Long-lasting

However, it’s important to remember that CoolSculpting:

  • May require repeated sessions: to fully CoolSculpt the neck and chin area.
  • Is not a weight loss solution: and is only intended to treat stubborn pockets of fat.
  • Has potential side effects: as with any procedure, there are always potential side effects to consider.

Kybella Injectable

Kybella is an FDA-approved medication that is indicated for breaking down areas of fat. Kybella works by using a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin.

Benefits of Kybella for Double-Chin:

  • Non-invasive treatment
  • Gradual results
  • Long-lasting

Things To Consider With A Kybella Treatment:

  • May require repeated sessions: to fully contour the neck and chin area.
  • Is not a weight loss solution: and is only intended to treat stubborn pockets of fat.
  • Has potential side effects: as with any procedure there are always potential side effects to consider.

Submental Liposuction

Submental liposuction, also known as chin lipo or neck liposuction, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the area beneath the chin and along the jawline, addressing the appearance of a double chin. It’s a minimally invasive option for patients seeking a defined and sculpted jawline.

Here’s how submental liposuction works:

  1. The Consultation: A consultation with a board-certified surgeon is crucial to discuss your medical history and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
  2. The Procedure: The area is numbed using local anesthetic, a few tiny incisions are made behind the ears and a cannula accesses the area to remove targeted fat deposits. Patients are typically awake for this procedure and can drive themselves to and from the office.
  3. The Aftercare: A compression garment is worn 24/7 for the first 2-3 days to reduce bruising and swelling, afterwards the garment is only necessary at night for a few weeks. Sutures are dissolvable and will fall out on their own naturally. Patients can resume their normal activities within a few days.

Things To Consider with Submental Liposuction:

  • A more invasive procedure requiring consultation and scheduling in the future.
  • Bruising and minimal swelling are quite typical of this procedure.
  • Submental liposuction is not a weight loss solution and is best suited for individuals near their ideal weight with stubborn pockets of fat.
  • Has potential risks associated with surgical procedures.
    • Morpheus8 RF Microneedling

      Morpheus8 is included in this article because, while it does not address submental fat itself, it is often recommended hand-in-hand with one of the above options like CoolSculpting for the chin. Morpheus8 is a radiofrequency plus microneedling treatment that tightens the skin in the face and neck, to encourage collagen and elastin development in the skin. This treatment can help improve the contour in the jawline and in the face, making it a great addition for someone who is interested in those results.

At Capizzi MD, we believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality, compassionate healthcare. We are dedicated to providing personalized care plans and utilizing the latest advancements in medicine to help you achieve your optimal health and well-being. Whether your desires can be met with Kybella, double chin CoolSculpting, or submental liposuction, your physician will be able to assess and address all your questions with any of those treatments.

If you’re looking for a dedicated and experienced physician who prioritizes your individual needs, call Capizzi MD today at 704-655-8988 to schedule an appointment or simply request your consultation at this link. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey towards a healthier you.