How to Reduce a Double Chin

3 ways to get your best facial profile

Reduce a Double Chin Cincinnati, OHA double chin is a common complaint of women and men ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s. Extra fat (submental fat) and fullness in the chin area can make you look older than your years. It also can make it unattractive for women to wear certain necklines and uncomfortable for men to wear dress shirts and ties.

The first step to reducing a double chin is to determine what is causing it. Heredity is a leading cause and one that you can do little about –– simply put, double chins can run in a family. Being overweight is another major cause and weight loss of even 10 to 20 pounds can show significant improvement.

Whatever the reason for your double chin, you don’t need to fret about it for a lifetime. You can take next steps and start feeling better about yourself right now. Here are popular three options for reducing and/or eliminating a double chin.

Submental Liposuction

Submental liposuction is a quick, minimally invasive surgical procedure in which Dr. Robert J. Smyth, face and neck rejuvenation surgeon and specialist in Cincinnati, OH, makes a small incision discretely hidden under the chin where no one can see it. He then uses a tiny canula to remove the excess fat from that area. This simple procedure is performed under strictly local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes. Patients feel no pain or discomfort and avoid the risks and recovery associated with general anesthesia. After the procedure, patients leave with a small bandage over the tiny incision and are asked to wear a bandage wrap that goes under their chin and up over the top of their head for 24 hours post-op. Some patients may experience a bit of bruising after their procedure, but most go back to work and resume activities within two days post-procedure. Submental liposuction delivers immediate results that last six to 10 years, provided the patient maintains a fairly steady weight over that period of time.


KYBELLA® is an injectable, prescription medicine (deoxycholic acid) used to improve the appearance and profile of extra fat below the chin. Take a minute to look at the before and after photos of actual Kybella patients on the KYBELLA website. You will see some patients receiving better results than others in terms of how much fullness is actually eliminated. Typically speaking, younger patients whose skin is still resilient will have better results with KYBELLA than older patients whose skin is showing signs of laxity. Also, KYBELLA is not a permanent solution. Several treatments are generally needed to attain desired results, and treatments may need to be repeated every couple of years.


CoolSculpting is fat-freezing technology that uses a machine to suction and reduce fat from under the chin. CoolSculpting results can take weeks to months to appear, and most patients require more than one treatment. CoolSculpting may need to be repeated every few years, depending upon the patient, their general health, weight, etc.

Making Your Decision

If you want to get rid of your double chin and get a quick and long-lasting return on their investment, submental liposuction may be your best choice. However, if you hate the thought of undergoing even the most minor of procedures, you may want to consider KYBELLA injections or CoolSculpting treatments.

In making your decision, you’ll want to consider the overall cost, as well. Submental liposuction will be a one and done charge. However, with both KYBELLA and CoolSculpting, you’ll need to think beyond strictly dollar amount to the cost per treatment multiplied by the number of treatments needed.

Bottom line, whether looking at Submental Liposuction, KYBELLA or CoolSculpting for reducing a double chin, be sure to visit several facial cosmetic rejuvenation surgeons/specialists, ask questions, and determine your overall total cost before choosing your preferred option.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.