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How Do I Get Rid of a Double Chin?

Back to all posts August 10, 2023

Having a double chin can be a source of insecurity for many people. It can make you feel self-conscious and affect your overall confidence. The good news is that there are several ways to get rid of a double chin. In this article, we will explore the best ways to reduce double chins, from diet and exercise to invasive procedures.

Diet and Exercise

The most natural and affordable way to reduce double chins is through diet and exercise. When we gain weight, we often accumulate excess fat in the chin and neck area, which can result in a double chin. By losing weight, we can reduce the amount of fat under our chin and improve our overall appearance.

One way to lose weight is by adopting a healthy diet. Eating a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains can help you lose weight and reduce chin fat. Avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks, and alcohol can also make a significant difference in your overall health and appearance.

In addition to diet, exercise can also help you lose weight and tone the muscles under your chin. Chin exercises, in particular, can help strengthen the muscles in the neck and chin area, reducing the appearance of a double chin.

Some double chin exercises you can try at home include:

  • Tongue press: Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and glide it backwards. Hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat.
  • Neck roll: Roll your neck in a circular motion, first clockwise and then counterclockwise. Repeat several times.
  • Chin lift: Tilt your head back and look up towards the ceiling. Hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat.

While diet and exercise can help reduce double chins, it may not work for everyone, especially those with a genetic predisposition to chin fat. In some cases, more invasive procedures may be necessary to get rid of a double chin.

A before and after image of someone who has undergone double chin surgery.
A before and after image of someone who has undergone double chin surgery.

Double Chin Treatment: Deoxycholic Acid

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that can be injected into the fat cells under the chin to reduce their size. This procedure is known as Kybella and is an FDA-approved treatment for double chins.

Kybella is a non-surgical procedure that involves injecting deoxycholic acid directly into the chin area. The acid destroys fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated by the body over time. The procedure typically requires multiple sessions, with results visible after a few weeks.

Kybella is a safe and effective way to get rid of chin fat, but it does have some side effects, including swelling, bruising, and pain at the injection site. In some cases, the procedure can also cause nerve damage, which can result in facial weakness or asymmetry.

Double Chin Surgery

For many people who have found that the struggle with weight loss or weight gain isn’t manageable by diet and exercise–as is common in many patients–the best way to get rid of a double chin is through double chin surgery. Removing a double chin is a common plastic surgery procedure and one that is very well practiced by Dr. Jacono at New York Facial Plastic Surgery. 

Double chin surgery, also known as a neck lift, is a surgical procedure that involves getting rid of the fat under the chin and neck area, as well as extra skin, to create a more defined jawline and a smoother neck. It is a more invasive option than non-surgical treatments like Kybella, but it provides more permanent results.

Double chin surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, although in some cases, general anesthesia may be necessary. The surgeon will make small incisions under the chin and behind the ears to access the fat and tissue in the neck area.

The excess fat is removed through liposuction, which involves using a small cannula to suction out the fat cells. The surgeon will also tighten the muscles and skin in the area to create a more toned and youthful appearance. The incisions are then closed with sutures, and a compression garment is applied to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process.

The surgery can take several hours, depending on the extent of the procedure. Patients can usually go home on the same day but will need to have someone drive them home and help them during the first few days of recovery.

Recovery time can vary, but most patients can return to work and resume their normal activities within two weeks. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for at least four to six weeks to allow the area to heal properly.

Like any surgery, double chin surgery does come with some risks, including infection, bleeding, and scarring. However, these risks are relatively rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon.

The cost of double chin surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the geographic location of the surgeon. It is generally more expensive than non-surgical treatments like Kybella, but it provides more permanent results.


Double chin surgery is a more invasive option for those looking to get rid of their double chin. While it does come with some risks, it provides more permanent results than non-surgical treatments. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to determine if double chin surgery is the right option for you and to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.

Dr. Andrew Jacono

Dr. Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Dual Board Certified, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a thriving practice on Long Island’s Gold Coast and in Manhattan on Park Avenue.

Dr. Jacono specializes in reconstructive surgery, specifically facelifts, rhinoplasties and eyelid lifts with flawless, yet natural results. He’s internationally recognized for his innovative non-surgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques. As Director of the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, Dr. Jacono's expertise attracts a wide range of clientele, from prominent celebrities to everyday individuals seeking various enhancements. He is also sought-after for his expert opinion as a lecturer and presenter. Dr. Jacono has presented his innovative techniques at leading universities in the US, and has conducted live surgery at over 100 global plastic surgery meetings and symposiums across multiple countries and organizations.

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