3 Non-Surgical Ways to Get Rid of a Double Chin

Anyone who has suffered with a double chin knows how unsightly and embarrassing it can be. It’s also no secret that fat under the chin can be “stubborn,” as it is extremely difficult to get rid of. If you eat well, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight, but still have fat under your chin, you’re not alone. Approximately 70% of Americans are afflicted with a double chin. For many of those individuals, fat under the chin is genetic and persists despite a good diet and exercise. Yes, it is possible to be slim and still have a double chin. Thankfully, there are a few safe and effective non-surgical options for banishing the dreaded double chin.


What is Kybella?

Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment prescribed for fat accumulated under the chin.

How Does It Work?

The active ingredient in Kybella is a synthetic form of the molecule Deoxycholic acid, which helps the body break down and digest fats. When the synthetic form of this naturally-occurring molecule is injected into fat under the chin, it prevents fat from being stored in the tissue under the chin and eventually eliminates it.

Benefits of Kybella

Kybella is not only minimally invasive, but is also FDA-approved and offers permanent results once treatment is complete.  The number of injections needed to achieve desired results depend upon the individual, but you may receive up to six treatments that are spaced a month apart.

Potential Side Effects

The most common side effects of Kybella include redness, soreness, bruising, pain and swelling around the injection site. Temporary facial weakness, trouble swallowing and an uneven smile caused by a slight nerve injury in the jaw is possible. More serious side effects observed with this treatment include bruising, hair loss, ulcers and necrosis.


What is Coolsculpting?

Similar to Kybella, Coolsculpting is a non-surgical and FDA-approved method of eliminating stubborn fat from the body.

How Does It Work?

Coolsculpting works by  freezing the unwanted fat cells, causing them to crystallize and eventually die. The process is highly controlled by both the equipment and the physician, so only the unwanted fat tissue is targeted and treated during Coolsculpting. Once the cells die, the body eliminates them naturally and safely.

Benefits of Coolsculpting

This procedure is completely non-invasive, which means no surgery or downtime is required, and desired results can be achieved in as little as one-to-two visits. The results achieved by Coolsculpting are generally considered permanent, though results typically vary from person to person.

Potential Side Effects

At the beginning of the procedure, you may experience a tugging or pulling sensation, tingling and an intense feeling of cold or cramping on the area under the chin. Once the tissue becomes numb, these feelings subside. Common side effects experienced after Coolsculpting include redness, swelling, bruising, general skin sensitivity and a feeling of fullness in the back of the throat. These side effects are temporary and usually fade within a week. Your physician will alert of you of any other, serious potential side effects.


What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive, cosmetic therapy that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin.

How Does It Work?

This procedure tones and tightens the skin by using ultrasound waves and heat to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. The sound waves penetrate deep below the skin’s surface to deliver energy to three different layers of tissues, which trigger a natural collagen-building response in the body.

Benefits of Ultherapy

Ultherapy increases the body’s production of collagen, which is a natural way to help you look younger without surgery. The side effects of this procedure are minimal, and no downtime is required afterward. The results of ultherapy are gradual, so you won’t go into work one day suddenly looking different, but you’ll need multiple treatments over a period of two to three months. This procedure is also FDA-approved and is effective way to tighten and rejuvenate the skin.

Potential Side Effects

Because of the nature of the Ultherapy, side effects are minimal. Temporary redness and tingling are the most common side effects, whereas slight bruising and numbness are less common.

Which Procedure is Right for You?

Every person is different, and every body is different. The effectiveness of these non-surgical treatments for your double chin depends solely upon your body and your individual needs and aesthetic desires. Each of these procedures are non-invasive, but they all carry a different degree of risk, and a different speed at which their results become obvious. Careful research and consideration on your part is a must, as is a consultation with a qualified professional that you trust. Together, you and your doctor can decide which non-surgical treatment is the best for you. To learn more options, you may contact or visit Dr. Leonard Miller, MD, one of the top plastic surgeons in Boston, MA.


  1. Raj says:

    Hi. The article is indeed informative but I just want to know, Are these techniques permanent or just a temporary solution. How long does the effect last in each case ?

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