Double Chin Reduction: Basics of CoolSculpting®, Kybella®, and Ultherapy®

Fat is something most of us battle in one way or another, whether it’s too much fat, too little fat, or fat in the “wrong” areas and in less-than-ideal proportions. When we think of the enviably chiseled, strong jawlines of Hollywood leading men and slim lines of supermodels, a doughy double chin isn’t often what comes to mind. For anyone who wants to address unwanted chin fat, there are several solutions available from the dermatologist team at the Los Angeles-based Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. Three of the most popular options for treating what is known as “submental fullness” are CoolSculpting®, Kybella®, and Ultherapy®.

Typically, if you’re overweight and putting on pounds all over the body, one of the areas where extra volume will be more noticeable is the face—especially around the cheeks and chin. Overdoing it on alcohol and junk food can certainly make your face appear rounder, but even very fit and slender people can by burdened by the look of a double chin.

Oftentimes, the cause of a double chin is completely out of a person’s control. It may be genetics or hormones. In some cases, it’s the bone structure they’re born with, as a weak, receding chin makes under-the-chin fat look more pronounced. Facial contours shift with age, with loose skin deflating to form jowls and “turkey wattle,” bone structure receding, and fat heading south as well. All of this can make you look overweight or older than you actually are. If lifestyle changes aren’t helping, it may be time to directly target the area with a nonsurgical treatment.

Kybella® contains a synthetic form of digestive acid (deoxycholic acid) that dissolves fat. After a series of injections made directly into the double chin, fat cells are broken down, and the body metabolizes their former contents. CoolSculpting® also destroys isolated fat cells, but uses a significant drop in temperature instead of a disruptive chemical. In both cases, results are gradual, with multiple treatment sessions necessary for achieving desired results.

For those whose submental fullness is mainly caused by excess skin, Ultherapy® can help. This treatment uses sound wave energy to firm and tighten skin by stimulating collagen regrowth. Lax skin contracts over time, leading to better-defined neck contours and a younger-looking profile.

If you want a sharper silhouette, Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills can help you find the most effective cosmetic solution. Looking for an experienced dermatologist in the Los Angeles area? Call 310-246-0495 to get started or fill out a contact form.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.