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Fat dissolving treatments

Fat dissolving treatments can effectively remove under chin fat. It takes up to 9 months to see the best results, & multiple (up to 5+) sessions over this time.  Cutis offers many treatments for double chins, including energy-based liposuction, HIFU, RF, Coolsculpting & fat melting injections. Read more to understand the pros & cons.

Key Points

  • Excess under chin fat or double chins are due to excess fat & skin laxity
  • Treatments are aimed at reducing pre-platysma fat, & contracting the overlying skin
  • Treatments take 10 minutes to perform, but over one week to recover
  • The more fat you have the greater the number of treatments
  • Best results take 5 sessions or more
  • Minimal downtime liposuction with skin tightening is far more effective & costs half as much as injections in the long run
  • Liposuction has a fraction of the healing time as compared to injections
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Fat dissolving injections at a glance

Best outcomes: 2-5+ sessions
Procedure time: 15 minutes
Duration of results: Years+
Back to work: 4-8 days
Recovery: 4-10 days
Anaesthetic: Injections
Your specialist: Nurse, dermatologist
How much: $$$$

Our results speak for themselves


How do fat dissolving treatments work?

Injections are a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, identical to your body’s fat dissolving natural bile acid. This injection is made by the same company that manufactures volumizers & muscle relaxers. 

Does it work, & how good is it?

These treatments have a good efficacy, but it requires up to 5 or more treatments over a span of 6-8 months. This is providing the pre-platysma fat is treated. 


They do give some skin tightening (due to collateral inflammation), however the results are not as predictable as energy-based liposuction. 


If you have a lot of fat under your chin, you will require a lot of injections. This is more expensive than liposuction, and results would take longer. Liposuction & skin tightening is a better option for most.

Who is a good candidate for this treatment?

Candidate selection is critical for good results. Ideally-



  • Submental fat that is pre platysma (superficial, pinchable)
  • Average BMI, with a stable weight
  • Downtime of 5-7 days per treatment (multiply by 5-6)
  • Surgery phobic

How many sessions will I require?

2-5+, depending on your chin’s profile, & your goals & expectations.


Hint: under chin liposuction is more predictable, gives you better results, with less overall costs & one third the downtime of Kybella / Belkyra.

What are other methods to remove under chin fat?

At Cutis we have 5 ways to effectively remove under chin fat, namely injections, liposuction, Coolsculpting, RF treatments & HIFU. Summarised below.


Belkyra Liposuction Coolsculpting RF microneedling HIFU
5 sessions.

7-day recovery each.

1 session, 3-day recovery 2-3 sessions, 

3–5-day recovery

3 sessions, 

3-5 days to recover 

2-3 session, 2-3 days to recover
Somewhat predictable after 5 sessions.  Very predictable Moderately predictable results. Not predictable. Not predictable.
Huge collateral 


Minimal collateral  Moderate swelling Collateral damage Moderate collateral damage

What happens during the treatment?

The area is marked with a temporary tattoo. This guides us where to put Belkyra & how much to use. Local anaesthetic is then used to numb up the area. We ice the treatment zone for 60-90 seconds, then inject 25-35 points.


The whole procedure takes 10 minutes to perform, but one week to recover. Expect swelling the next day. 


Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF50+

Dermaceutic All Things Pigment 21 Day Kit

Though we have been performing fat dissolving injections for over a decade, we believe that newer methods of fat removal give far better results & much less downtime.

Does it hurt?

Yes, but it doesn’t have to. Our injectors will use local & ice packs before & after the injections. The injection itself causes a burning feeling under your chin that lasts for a few minutes.

What do I look like after treatment?

Immediately after your double chin will swell up. The swelling is a sign that your fat cells are undergoing destruction. In most cases there is bruising. 


Swelling peaks at 72 hours & starts subsiding at 1-2 weeks. The under chin may feel hard for a few weeks after the procedure. This treatment is repeated 6-8 weeks later for up to five sessions (still not keen on neck liposuction? Read more). 

When will I see the results?

Maximal results are seen at 9 months. Most will require two to five treatments spaced 8-10 weeks apart. Each treatment removes some fat, the amount is highly variable. The swelling after each treatment temporarily increases your double chin- the bullfrog effect. This takes a week or longer to settle. 


*In comparison, under chin liposuction results are seen instantly & continue to improve over 3-5 months.

What is the best treatment for double chins?

Liposuction. Hear us out. Our group offers ALL treatments, from injections to HIFU & liposuction, so we are unbiased in our options. We prefer liposuction because-



  • The results from liposuction are highly predictable. Fat is physically removed; skin is then tightened.
  • Downtime is minimal, compression dressing for 48 hours only.
  • Costs are minimal (half the price of injections).
  • Pain is minimal (as compared to injections).

Are the results permanent?

Yes. Any fat destruction treatment (including Kybella, liposuction & Coolsculpting) results in permanent removal of fat cells. In this context, providing you keep a steady BMI, you will not gain any more fat in the treated area.



The caveat is that if you gain a lot more weight, the remaining fat cells can increase in size (but not number). Hence it is super important to maintain a steady weight with ANY fat reducing treatment. 

What should you consider before undertaking double chin cosmetic treatments?

Under chin fat removal is an investment of time, effort, & money. Here are some helpful pointers that may help you along your journey. 



  • Number of sessions: up to 5+ sessions over 6-9 months. 
  • Downtime: over a week with each treatment, 4-6 weeks off in total.
  • Predictability of results: unlike neck liposuction, results are not predictable.
  • Time frame: 6-9 months for the best results.


We firmly believe that liposuction offers greater advantages to patients, unless one has contraindications to surgery, or would like a non-surgical option. 

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