Do you find yourself taking selfies from a high angle to hide your double chin? The dreaded double chin, also called submental fullness, is a common condition. You don’t have to be overweight to have a double chin, some people just have more fat tissue under the chin than others. Whether the layer of fat below your chin is due to genetics, some extra plumpness, or loose skin caused by ageing, there are several ways of losing your double chin.

Overall Weight Loss

If your double chin is due to extra kilos, it’s highly possible your double chin will decrease if you lose some weight. As daunting as this idea may seem, simple lifestyle changes can have a big effect on your weight. Simply avoiding soft drinks (even the diet variety) and processed food, and being more active can make a visible difference.

Stress is also known to cause weight gain, but exercise decreases stress so getting physical is a win-win.

As far as healthy eating goes, here are some guidelines:

  • Eat four servings of vegetables daily.
  • Eat three servings of fruits daily.
  • Replace refined grains with whole grains.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Eat lean protein, such as poultry, fish, tofu and legumes.
  • Eat healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts.
  • Avoid fried foods.
  • Avoid sugar.
  • Practice portion control (eat small amounts and eat often)

Chin/Neck Exercises

While there is only anecdotal evidence that chin exercises work to combat a double chin, the theory is that strengthening and toning the muscles and skin in your neck/chin area may help to reduce fat in that area. If you’d like to give it a shot, here are some exercises that might help reduce your double chin.


1. The Straight Jaw Jut

Tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling.

Push your lower jaw forward to feel a stretch under the chin.

Hold and count to 10.

Return to a natural position.

Repeat 10-15 times daily

2. Ball Exercise

Hold a 9 – 10cm ball under your chin.
Press your chin downwards against the ball while counting to 10, then release.

Repeat 25 times daily.

3. The Neck Stretch

Tilt your head backwards and look at the ceiling.

Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Hold this pose for 5 to 10 seconds and release.

Repeat 10-15 times daily

4. Bottom Jaw Stretch

Tilt your head backwards and look at the ceiling.

Turn your head to the right.

Push your bottom jaw forward.

Hold this pose for 5 to 10 seconds and release.

Repeat with your head turned to the left.

Repeat daily 10-15 times

Cosmetic Procedures

The truth is that fat can be stubborn and sometimes won’t move despite a healthy diet and exercise. If you’re looking for some extra help here are some options to get rid of those fat cells once and for all.

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction (aka ultrasonic cavitation) is different from the traditional liposuction technique; a probe that emits ultrasound waves is used to soften the lump of fat, so it’s easier for your cosmetic practitioner to suck the fat out. Vaser only requires one treatment, the recovery time is short (only 3 days) and the treatment leaves only a very tiny scar. Plus, the heat of the ultrasound helps to tighten the skin, so no worries about loose skin after you lose the fat. ”
Check out this lovely patient’s results:

Liposuction to remove double chin

So when is Vaser liposuction a good option for getting rid of a double chin? Dr Joseph Ajaka of Cosmos Clinic says “Vaser is a better option for people who want dramatic results in one session and can take 3 days downtime.”

Learn more about Vaser Liposuction for Neck Lifts, and find out what else Vaser Liposuction can do.

Fat-Dissolving Injections

Fat-dissolving injections is a non-invasive treatment that dissolves the fat cell membrane, releasing the fat, which is then processed by your body resulting in improved contour of the neck and jawline. Most people need at least two treatments (about 6 weeks apart) to get a result, and it will take around three months for the full result to take shape. No downtime is necessary but Dr Ajaka advises “fat dissolving injections cause just as much swelling as vaser liposuction”.

For more info see our post on this new treatment designed to melt fat and learn more about Fat-Dissolving Injections here.

Fat Dissolving Injections to remove double chin


Another super popular non-invasive fat loss technique (aka Cryolipolysis) uses an applicator that is placed onto your neck which sucks up your fat and freezes the fat cells, making about 20-25% of the fat cells disappear (they’re processed by your body as waste). Coolsculpting also requires multiple treatments and can give you great results, with no needles or pain.

treating double chin with Coolsculpting

Learn more about Coolsculpting

Dr Ajaka advises, “The non invasive treatments require multiple sessions and the results are noticeable but not dramatic.These treatments are best for people who really don’t want an invasive procedure.”

iGuide Neck Lift

If your double chin is more due to excess or sagging skin around the neck area, then an iGuide neck lift might be the best option for you. For this procedure, a stitch is put under the skin in a shoelace-like pattern which is anchored onto the jawline and then tightened to pull everything up (like tightening a shoelace). It’s a minimally invasive procedure, and it doesn’t leave a scar.

Find out more about iGuide neck lifts

So which is the solution for you? The best advice is to have a conversation with your cosmetic practitioner. A consultation will allow your cosmetic practitioner to consider factors such as your face shape, skin condition, expectations, how much downtime you can take and your desired result to determine which is the most suitable treatment to banish your double chin.