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When it comes to our appearance, one area that often attracts attention is the chin and jawline. As we age, the submental area right under the chin can often accrue fat cells, leading to the unwanted appearance of a double chin. The double chin, also known as submental fullness, is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, diet, and weight gain. In the past, removal of these excess fat cells was only accomplished through liposuction, a surgical procedure that requires significant downtime following the treatment. Luckily, there are now non-surgical options available to effectively remove this extra fat and contour the jawline, without any recovery time. Dr. Green was one of the dermatologists to treat the double chin with Kybella and CoolSculpting in her private NYC East Side office.

According to a study conducted by Allergan cosmetics, over two thirds of adults in the United States are frustrated by the appearance of submental fullness or double chin. Submental fat and neck fat in general can be extremely difficult to reduce through diet and exercise alone. With the introduction of Kybella injections to dissolve the double chin fat cells and CoolSculpting technology with the CoolMini applicator, there are now effective, safe, and non-invasive methods to permanently remove the stubborn unwanted fat in your double chin. The accessibility of these non-surgical fat reduction and body contouring treatments is a major draw and can be used to remove excess fat not only from the chin and neck area, but also the stomach, knees, love handles, and bra fat, among other areas of the body.

If you’re interested in a non-invasive solution for permanently removing your double chin, or stubborn excess fat in another area of the body, Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology and was one of the first board-certified dermatologists in NYC to integrate CoolSculpting and Kybella injections into the body contouring treatment plans of her patients. From her boutique dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she has helped countless men and women from around the globe diminish the appearance of their double chin and create a chiseled jawline, with minimal risk or downtime. Dr. Green is consistently identified as one of the best physicians in New York by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors, and will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to eliminate excess fat bulges under the chin so that you look and feel like the best version of yourself.

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CoolMini under chin area: 4 months

Where does chin fat come from?

A double chin is most commonly defined by excess fat in the neck area directly beneath the chin. Though it’s commonly associated with weight gain, submental fullness, or submental adiposity, can be related to factors other than changes in weight. Aside from weight gain, genetics and the natural aging process can contribute to the appearance of a double chin or jowls, which are characterized by loose skin along the jawline and neck. As we age, collagen and elastin levels in the skin are depleted. This process leads to the development of the signs of aging, which are often particularly noticeable in the delicate neck area. In general, a double chin is created by the accumulation of fat cells under the chin, which can be exaggerated by sagging or loose skin around the neck and jowls. Regardless of where the double chin came from, it can be extremely difficult to reduce or eliminate when relying on consistent exercise and a healthy diet alone. For this reason, several non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as CoolSculpting and Kybella, have been developed to help patients contour the neck and jawline, reducing the appearance of a double chin.

Does chin fat go away?

Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen can help reduce the appearance of a double chin, along with a decrease in overall body fat. However, there are some areas of the body that can be especially stubborn, such as the submental area, abdomen, arms, flanks, and thighs. Often, deposits of excess fat in these areas require more than diet and exercise to be fully reduced. Unfortunately, submental fat also has an associated genetic factor, meaning that if your parents have a double chin, the chance that you will also develop a double chin is higher. When lifestyle improvements are not adequate in minimizing your double chin, there are non-surgical treatment options like CoolSculpting and Kybella that can safely and effectively shrink the fat in the submental area and help you feel confident.

Can you get fat removed from your chin?

Yes! Chin fat removal is a very popular cosmetic procedure in both dermatology and plastic surgery. The method in which the fat is removed from the submental area differs for each individual based on their facial structure, amount of fat under the chin, and the patient’s desired treatment options, whether surgical or non-surgical.

Non-surgical treatment options for chin fat removal include CoolSculpting and Kybella. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved fat reduction treatment that utilizes cryolipolysis or “fat freezing” to eliminate up to 25% of fat cells in the treated areas. CoolSculpting is a desirable treatment option because it does not require anesthesia, incisions, or downtime. The CoolSculpting treatment itself is painless, as most patients take a nap, read a book, or continue work during the procedure. After CoolSculpting, you can resume all normal daily activities including working and exercising. The frozen and damaged fat cells are slowly metabolized and excreted through the body’s natural lymphatic system, and the results can be seen from one to four months post-treatment. This means that the results of CoolSculpting is permanent and long-lasting. Because of the gradual fat removal process, there is no risk of skin laxity associated with CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting treatments can be repeated in the same area to achieve optimal results.

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable drug used for dissolving submental fat and reducing the appearance of double chin. Kybella contains the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, which naturally occurs in our bodies to aid in breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Through a series of injections, an expert injector like Dr. Green can use Kybella to improve contouring of the chin and neck area and shape the jawline. The fat metabolism after Kybella is gradual over four to six weeks post-injections, so the risk of developing skin laxity is very low with Kybella injections. Aside from minor bruising and swelling after injections, there is minimal recovery time and fewer risks than surgical procedures.

Plastic surgeons utilize a variety of procedures to remove double chin, including liposuction, face-lift, and neck-lift. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat from beneath the skin by inserting a tube in a small incision to “suck out” the fat. Face-lift is a surgery that removes fat as well as loose skin from around the chin and neck. Neck-lift is similar, mostly performed to remove extra skin or tighten neck muscles to improve neck and chin contours. Face-lift and neck-lift can be performed simultaneously.

How to get rid of fat under the chin without liposuction

Previously, the only cosmetic treatment option for eliminating submental fullness was via facial plastic surgery, liposuction, or a surgical neck-lift. Many patients have a fear of “going under the knife”, and for good reason. Surgical procedures have a much higher risk of significant side effects and a longer, more painful recovery period. These hesitations have kept many from undergoing neck fat-reduction procedures. Luckily, within the last fifteen years, non-invasive, non-surgical procedures for the elimination of fullness under the chin have become available, most notably Kybella injections and CoolSculpting. These procedures are safe and effective and require minimal to no downtime following the treatment. They are permanent, accessible solutions to reducing persistent fat under the chin and provide patients with the contoured results they are looking for. In fact, more than 20 studies have shown that as many as 70 percent of Kybella patients are more satisfied physically and mentally following the treatment process. Both Kybella and CoolSculpting are available at Dr. Green’s New York City dermatology office.

How to get rid of chin fat with CoolSculpting

When it comes to reducing submental fullness, CoolSculpting is one of the most popular chin fat reduction treatments around. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, innovative tool that is able to eliminate stubborn fat through the process of cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis is a process of fat freezing that was originally discovered by two Harvard University researchers who noticed that kids who consumed a large amount of popsicles would lose fat cells in their cheeks. The technology relies on the higher freezing temperature of fat cells in order to eliminate fat cells while leaving the surrounding cells unharmed.

With a CoolSculpting applicator, patients are able to eliminate fat cells in targeted treatment areas of unwanted fat without the need for downtime or invasive procedures. Additionally, the results of CoolSculpting are entirely permanent, as the fat cells are frozen and removed through the body’s natural metabolic processes. Because the fat reduction process is gradual, there is no risk of developing skin laxity, and the results can be noticed from one to four months post-treatment. When it comes to submental fat, the CoolMini is an excellent CoolSculpting applicator that can eliminate excess fat beneath the jawline.

What is the procedure for CoolSculpting treatment?

CoolSculpting treatment sessions are simple and convenient and can be catered to fit our busy schedule. First, the treatment area will be measured and marked, and the skin is cleaned and prepped using gel. Typically, the CoolMini applicator will be applied for about 45 minutes, and patients tend to feel an initial tugging and cooling sensation on the surface of the skin (as if the skin were exposed on a winter’s day) that subsides after a few minutes. Depending on the size and amount of submental fat, two CoolMini applicators may be necessary for the best results. After the treatment, patients can return to their normal daily activities including exercising. The majority of patients see results as early as a few weeks after treatment, with improved results that continue up until four months post-treatment. Side effects to CoolSculpting are generally mild and include redness or tenderness of the skin. Its non-invasive nature and permanent success mark CoolSculpting as one of the most innovative body contouring technologies of modern dermatology.

What is Kybella?

For both patients who have a large amount of submental fullness and those who have a more mild bulge of unwanted fat, Kybella treatment may be right for you. Following its FDA approval in 2015, Kybella became the first and only injectable fat reduction treatment. Specifically designed to target small pockets of excess fat, the non-invasive procedure is a permanent solution to eliminate a double chin and provide a slimmer look to the jawline. Through Kybella injectable treatments, Dr. Green is able to carefully contour the jawline and remove excess fat that is the primary cause of submental fullness. Kybella has proven to be highly effective for a wide variety of patients who are seeking subtle contouring of the jawline and neck area. It’s a highly effective alternative to plastic surgery options like chin liposuction or neck lifts that frequently require general anesthesia and ample recovery time.

How does Kybella get rid of the double chin?

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that is designed to eliminate fat cells through the use of the active ingredient deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to absorb and break down dietary fat. When the synthetic form of deoxycholic acid present in Kybella is injected into the treatment area, it dissolves the membrane of the fat cells in that area. Following the dissolution of the membrane, the body is able to metabolize the cell and flush them, thereby removing them permanently from the body. Studies have demonstrated that 68.2% of patients who receive Kybella experience a significant decrease in fat cells in the submental area while 80% of patients report feeling happier following the treatment.

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What is the procedure for Kybella treatment?

Kybella treatment is typically delivered over the course of two to four sessions spaced about a month apart. Prior to the Kybella injections, avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements (aspirin, vitamin E, fish oil, etc.) for around two weeks to minimize the risk of bruising and swelling. The injection process itself takes about fifteen minutes in total, though most patients opt for the application of a topical numbing cream beforehand in order to minimize any potential discomfort. Immediately after the injections, an ice pack is applied to the treatment area to reduce bruising and swelling, and patients can resume normal activity after treatment, though its best to keep the head elevated overnight to avoid increased swelling at the injection site.

Like CoolSculpting, results for Kybella will continue to improve over the next several weeks after treatment, and the fat reduction is permanent. Side effects typically include swelling at the injection site which should dissipate after a few days. In rare cases, patients can experience nerve injury in the jaw; however, more serious side effects are more common with inexperienced injectors. Dr. Green is an expert in cosmetic injectable treatments, and the safety and satisfaction of each of her patients is her top priority.

Does Kybella remove chin fat permanently?

Yes! Kybella is a permanent solution for the elimination of chin fat and contouring the jawline. The treatment requires two to four sessions space four to six weeks a part for optimal results. Afterwards, the effects are permanent as long as weight is maintained. The deoxycholic acid in the injectable solution permanently destroys fat cells, and, unless the patient gains a significant amount of weight following the procedure, they will not reform. It is important to note, however, that Kybella is not a weight loss treatment, so it is best for patients who are at or with twenty pounds of their target weight. Fat cells can form in the area again if the patient gains weight following the treatment.

How to get rid of double chin fat with surgery

For patients who are interested, there are surgical options for the removal of chin fat, which include liposuction, a surgical neck-lift, and a surgical face-lift. These types of fat-reduction procedures can be performed by a plastic surgeon and require significant recovery time and a higher risk of side effects. Liposuction is performed by making a small incision in the treatment area and inserting a metal rod, called a cannula, which sucks up the fat in the area. Liposuction is effective in eliminating fat cells but will not address any increased skin laxity that may occur following the treatment.

There are two prominent kinds of neck lifts that can be performed to address signs of the natural aging process on the neck: cervicoplasty, which is when excess skin is removed to address skin laxity, and platysmaplasty, which contours the jawline by tightening the muscles in the chin. Neck-lifts can also be combined with face-lifts, which involve removing the fat and lax skin around the face, jawline, and neck.

Following these treatments, most patients require 10-14 days of downtime in order to recover from the surgical procedures. General anesthesia is required for neck lift, face lift, and submentoplasty procedures, as a local anesthetic does not typically suffice for this level of surgery. Side effects such as asymmetry of facial contouring, bleeding, infection, nerve injury, and scarring can occur, which is why so many patients opt for non-invasive fat removal techniques when it comes to submental fat.

How does chin liposuction work?

When it comes to more invasive methods to reduce submental fullness, patients may turn to procedures conducted by plastic surgeons, including liposuction, neck lift surgery, submentoplasty, or a combination of the above. In the case of chin or neck liposuction, excess fat is removed through a small incision and the insertion of a blunt cannula, through which fat is removed via suction. Neck or chin liposuction can be done via general or local anesthesia, with a recovery time lasting at least two weeks.

Chin liposuction is an effective treatment that typically has successful results, but the ample downtime and surgery risks associated often dissuade patients from this procedure. Non-invasive fat reduction has become one of the most popular treatments for double chin, as there is no downtime required, the fat cells are naturally metabolized and eliminated, and the results are permanent.

How to remove chin fat without liposuction

Fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting and Kybella can be combined in a patient’s treatment plan in order to eliminate a large amount of unwanted fat in the submental area. Often, patients will rely on a combination of CoolSculpting, Kybella, and Thermage in order to rejuvenate the neck area and eliminate the appearance of a double chin. These procedures can also be combined with other injectable treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox, in order to create a stunning, non-invasive facelift.

When it comes to non-invasive fat removal techniques, it’s important to note that these cosmetic procedures are not intended to be a replacement for weight loss or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Patients who engage with treatments such as CoolSculpting and Kybella should maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise, and should be within twenty pounds of their ideal weight. Additionally, because the results of fat removal procedures are permanent, it is best to seek an experienced, qualified, board-certified physician to ensure you meet your aesthetic goals and there is minimal risk of developing unwanted side effects.

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CoolMini for chin area: 4 months before and after

How much does chin fat removal cost?

The cost of chin fat removal varies depending on the amount of fat and size of the area being treated, as well as the individual needs and aesthetic desires of each patient. For patients who opt for CoolSculpting treatment, sessions range in cost from $1,000-2,000, depending on the number of applicators needed. Furthermore, patients require 1-2 CoolSculpting treatment sessions for optimal results. When it comes to Kybella treatment, the cost is approximately $1500 per session, depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of vials required. As both CoolSculpting and Kybella offer permanent results, patients feel that these treatment options are worth the cost.

How much does Kybella for double chin cost?

There are numerous factors that go into determining the price of treatment including your geographic location, the experience and expertise of the injector, and the size and scope of the treatment area. For example, the cost of Kybella in New York may differ from the cost in San Francisco. On average, one Kybella treatment session costs $1500 and two to four sessions are required for optimal results, depending on the amount of fat present and the size of the treatment area. Dr. Green’s office will be able to provide you with a more precise estimate of the cost of treatment after your initial consultation with Dr. Green. After a thorough assessment, she will determine the number of Kybella vials and sessions necessary to achieve your physical and aesthetic goals.

Can chin fat be removed?

Unfortunately, stubborn fat in the submental area or “double chin” is a common complaint for many people. Despite maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, you may find yourself frustrated when the fat deposit under the chin does not shrink. Thankfully, there are various options to remove chin fat and create a chiseled jawline. Non-surgical fat reduction options include CoolSculpting and Kybella. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes cryolipolysis or “fat freezing” technology to reduce up to 25% of fat cells in the treated area. There is no downtime or special preparation needed, meaning you can return to normal daily activities immediately post-treatment. Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable medication made of deoxycholic acid that destroys fat cells in the injected area, like under the chin. Aside from temporary swelling, there is minimal downtime associated with Kybella. After the series of injections, Kybella helps reduce the stubborn fat deposits under the chin and restore facial contour. Both CoolSculpting and Kybella yield permanent, long-lasting results, so it is best to seek an experienced, board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green to achieve the best results.

Surgical options for fat removal include liposuction, which involves a cannula inserted into a small incision to suck out and remove the fat under the chin. There is downtime of at least two weeks associated with surgical procedures, and can be longer if face-lift and/or neck-lift are performed in conjunction. Face-lift and neck-lift refer to the surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin from the lower face and neck region to tighten the skin and youthful-looking complexion. Submental liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia, whereas face-lift and neck-lift may require general anesthesia.

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Does buccal fat removal help with double chin?

When considering facial contouring of the cheeks and chin, buccal fat is often a topic of discussion. Buccal fat, also known as a buccal fat pad, is a rounded pad of fat that sits in the middle of the cheek, between facial muscles underneath the cheekbone. Buccal fat pads are typically responsible for the look of rounded cheeks or “baby face” and the size of buccal fat varies from person to person.

The contouring of the cheeks and midface can sometimes affect the shape of the jawline and lower face. This is particularly true if buccal fat pads begin to sag, which can be a natural part of the aging process. For many patients experiencing either sagging of buccal fat or sagging skin along the jawline, non-invasive volume restoration treatments like dermal fillers and Thermage skin tightening laser can be incredibly effective options.

The majority of patients seeking double chin treatment are interested in contouring submental fat rather than buccal fat, but each individual has a unique face shape that can be highlighted and optimized through non-invasive cosmetic procedures. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to assess your natural facial contouring and current skin condition to determine which treatments will be the most effective in removing fat from the chin and neck area.

How much is chin lipo and buccal fat removal?

The cost of chin liposuction and similar facial contouring procedures like buccal fat removal vary widely depending on the expertise of the plastic surgeon. In order to ensure best results, it’s important to work with highly trained, board-certified medical professionals. In the case of plastic surgery for fat removal in chin and neck, patients can expect to pay upwards of $10,000 for a surgical procedure with an expert plastic surgeon.

Chin Liposuction vs. Non-Invasive Fat Removal

When it comes to reducing submental fullness, non-invasive fat removal methods are highly favored by dermatologists and plastic surgeons alike. With options like CoolSculpting and Kybella offering convenient, low-risk treatment for fat reduction with permanent results and no downtime required, it’s rare that a patient will prefer a surgical solution. CoolSculpting and Kybella have helped to transform body contouring cosmetic procedures for the better, and the majority of patients who receive non-invasive fat reduction techniques for double chin are thrilled with the results.

Do chin fat exercises work?

Many patients first consider exercises and lifestyle changes to improve the look of their chin and jawline. There is no scientific evidence that proves these facial exercises work to reduce double chin, but anecdotal evidence has shown success in some people. The idea behind these facial exercises is to target the specific area of concern by strengthening and toning the muscles in that area. These exercises include straight jaw jut, pressing the chin down against a ball, puckering your lips, and tongue and neck stretches. Additionally, if the submental fat is caused by weight gain, healthy changes in diet such as eliminating processed foods and eating more fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins will help one lose excess pounds. Through weight loss combined with daily moderate physical activity, the fat cells in double chin can be reduced.

Though exercise and changes in lifestyle can help with overall body contouring, the area under the chin is difficult to tackle with simple changes in health and wellness. As submental fat is difficult to get rid of on one’s own, non-invasive techniques like Kybella and CoolMini treatments have become a saving grace. With treatments like Kybella, CoolMini and Thermage, patients can radically reduce the appearance of a double chin, creating a more youthful and radiant jawline and neck.

How do I get started with fat removal for my double chin today?

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of your double chin and submental fullness despite maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, there are simple, non-invasive solutions that can restore your confidence. Whether you are interested in CoolSculpting, Kybella, or surgical procedures, it is important to research the experience and expertise of the provider performing your treatment in order to achieve the best results with minimal risk of side effects. At your consultation with expert, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, she will thoroughly assess the submental area and your aesthetic goals to determine which treatments will be safest and most effective.

Dr. Michele Green offers consultations on facial contouring, skin rejuvenation, Botox, Kybella, CoolSculpting, dermal fillers, anti-aging skincare, and comprehensive dermatological care. With over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, she is consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in New York by Castle Connolly, New York Post, and Super Doctors. Her holistic approach and “less is more” philosophy is highly sought out by patients from all over the nation, and her natural-looking results have many returning for her expertise. If you are looking to diminish the appearance of your stubborn double chin, please call our office today at 212-535-3088 or contact us online to create your custom treatment plan for fat removal of your double chin or any other area of the body.

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