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Excess fat deposits under the chin, also known as submental fullness or a double chin, can be caused by weight gain, genetics, or aging.


  • Weight gain: Fat accumulation throughout the body can also lead to fat deposits under the chin.
  • Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to store more fat in certain areas, including under the chin.
  • Loss of skin elasticity: As we age, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes more prone to sagging. This can contribute to the appearance of a double chin, even if there haven’t been significant weight fluctuations.


While not a medical condition, a double chin can be addressed through various methods:

  • Diet and exercise: Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce overall body fat and potentially reduce the appearance of a double chin.
  • Kybella injections: This FDA-approved injectable treatment uses deoxycholic acid to dissolve fat cells under the chin. It requires multiple sessions and may not be suitable for everyone.
  • Liposuction: This surgical procedure removes fat deposits through suction. It can be a more permanent solution for a double chin.


Please consult a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and explore treatment options.

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