Submental Fat Reduction Specialist

Family Medical Centre, P.A.

Aesthetics & Family Medicine located in Dover, DE

A double chin can chip away at your self-confidence. Family Medical Centre in Dover, Delaware, offers submental fat reduction procedures that can shrink stubborn pockets of fat in the chin area. These noninvasive procedures require no surgery and no lengthy downtime. At Family Medical Centre, P.A., board-certified physicians perform the procedure in a comfortable office setting. To learn more about how you can eliminate unwelcome fat in your chin or neck, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Submental Fat Reduction Q & A

What is submental fat reduction?

Submental fat is a pocket of fat located under the chin. Excess fat in this area is sometimes called a "double chin."

You may notice an increase in submental fat as you age, even if you eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise. Genetics often cause submental fat, and it can be difficult to remove through lifestyle changes alone.

Submental fat reduction procedures reduce the size and appearance of fatty tissue under the chin. The most common procedures for removing a double chin involve either injections or cryolipolysis.

How is submental fat removed?

Injections typically contain deoxycholic acid, a compound which naturally occurs in the human body. Deoxycholic acid works to break down fat cells and shrink pockets of fat in the submental space. These injections contour your chin and neck, creating a slimmer appearance.

Cryolipolysis procedures use specialized cooling technology to destroy fat cells by freezing them. After the cells have been destroyed, your body clears them away. Over time, fat pockets in the chin and neck gradually disappear.

What happens during these procedures?

Both procedures take place inside a doctor's office. Before your procedure, you'll speak to a Family Medical Centre, P.A. doctor to develop a treatment plan. Your doctor will advise you on which treatment best meets your needs.

If you choose to receive injections, your doctor will use a hypodermic needle to inject small amounts of deoxycholic acid into your chin area. You may receive several injections at once. Most patients undergo 2-6 treatments, and treatments are usually spaced at least four weeks apart.

During a cryolipolysis procedure, you'll sit or lie down in a comfortable area while the doctor applies the device's cooling applicator directly to the chin area. The procedure usually takes between 30-60 minutes.

What results can I expect?

During your consultation, your doctor will explain how many treatments you might need and how soon you can expect to see results. You might not notice results right away. In most cases, it takes time for the destroyed fat cells to be completely cleared from your body.

Most submental fat reduction procedures will take 6-12 weeks to show full effects. If your doctor recommends multiple procedures, you may not notice full effects until several weeks after your final procedure.


When you’re ready to get rid of stubborn submental fat, call Family Medical Centre, P.A. or book an appointment online today.