Types Of Double Chin Removal Treatments

The presence of a double chin is not harmful, but for some people, it might not be unattractive. 

According to Ensoul Body Medical Clinic, submental fat, or the double chin, is simply an accumulation of fat under the chin.

Double chins can also be caused by factors such as weight gain and aging. 

Exercise and diet are usually ineffective against submental fat. It sometimes requires a little extra help to get rid of the double chin effectively. 

Types of Double Chin & Your Treatment Options | Dr Chiam CT by Ensoul Medical Clinic

Non-Surgical Double Chin Reduction Treatment


Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat reduction method that uses cold temperatures to reduce fat deposits in your body. The treatment is painless and does not use incisions or anesthesia.  

Exposed to sub-zero temperatures, the targeted fat cells go through cell death and are eliminated via the body’s natural waste disposal system.

CoolSculpting double chin is an FDA Approved Cryolipolysis treatment that offers a wide range of applicators targeting double chin removal.  

  • Pros: Cryolipolysis treatments require no downtime and patients can resume their daily activities almost immediately following their treatment. 
  • Cons:  The final results are most evident 3 months post-treatment 
  • Potential paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. The risk of PAH is 0.025%. 

Laser Lipolysis

Laser lipolysis is another non-invasive fat removal treatment that utilizes laser energy to heat and destroys unwanted fat cells in the treatment site.

SculpSure is an FDA Approved non-invasive fat removal treatment that uses laser lipolysis and requires no incisions or anesthesia.

The lasers create constant and concentrated heat at temperatures between 45°C to 47°C, causing the targeted fat cells to break down.  

  • Pros: The benefit of this treatment is that it can go through deep into the dermis, boosting collagen production and breaking down the fat in the affected area without causing damage to the surrounding tissues. 
  • Cons: The final results are most evident 3 months post-treatment 

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

HIFU uses ultrasound energy to generate heat in the deeper layer of the skin, known as the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS).

This treatment works to tighten the facial structure and improve skin elasticity by repairing the skin ligaments within the SMAS. 

  • Pros: Defines the jawline and tightens the décolletage 
  • Cons:  The final results are most apparent 3 months post-treatment

HIFU delivers thermal energy to the appropriate depth in the tissue, causing thermal coagulation at the specified treatment area.

This allows for an amazing degree of accuracy without harming surrounding tissues, helping to safely and effectively remove the fat beneath the double chin.

Moreover, this heat stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to tighten loose skin, enhancing the effectiveness of treatment.

This treatment also helps to reduce skin laxity and improves fine lines around the chin as well. The treatment is clinically safe and effective and can be used to treat other parts of the body as well.   

Surgical Double Chin Reduction Treatment

Facial Liposuction

Facial liposuction permanently removes extra fat deposits from areas like the neck, cheeks, and jowls using surgery.

The procedure is usually performed under either general or local anesthesia. Facial liposuction can significantly reduce the appearance of the double chin. 

  • Pros: Excellent in removing excess fat, especially if in the 20s to 40s 
  • Cons: Requires more time to heal and recover, including swelling and bruising for up to 10-14 days 
  • More expensive than non-invasive treatment options


Neck lift surgeries remove excess skin and fat from the neck area to restore a smoother, firmer, and better-defined appearance to the neck region.

The neck-lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. A small incision is made behind each ear to tighten the neck muscles.  

  • Pros: smoothes out wrinkles, removes excess sagging neck skin 
  • Cons: Requires more time to heal and recover, including swelling and bruising for up to 10-14 days 
  • More expensive than non-invasive treatment options 

Injectable Lipolysis

Injection lipolysis is fat dissolving injections. The injectable formula primarily consists of deoxycholic acid or phosphatidylcholine.  

  • Pros: Injections are considered minimally invasive) 
  • Cons: Lacks scientific evidence of efficiency 
  • Banned In many countries, including Singapore

Choosing the Right Double Chin Removal Treatment

“While there are plenty of non-surgical and surgical options to choose between, every individual has different goals and needs”, explains Dr. Thean from Ensoul Medical Clinic.

The key is choosing a provider that takes into consideration your goals when crafting a treatment plan for you.