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Many people are bothered by chubby cheeks and double chin. To some, it may be a fashion statement.  A symbol of power and wisdom. To others, it is a curse. Hence some may go to Korea to undergo liposuction to achieve the perfect V shape look.

double chin

double chin


v shape face

v shape face

Today, I will share with you non surgical options available for reducing your double chin and chubby cheeks. The medical term for chubby cheeks and double chin is Buccal Fat and Submental Fat respectively. Now all of us have it, those with a smaller face and shorter neck tend to manifest it earlier. However, in some cases, it is more visible due to a combination of reasons.

What is the cause of chubby cheeks and double chin?

3 key reasons. Ageing, Genetics and Weight gain.


CAUSE of double chin

How can you lose and reduce your buccal fat?

If you desire to reduce the excess fat and tighten your skin, there are some options available. There is no one size fits all technique. Options are on a case by case basis. Definitive treatment is surgical removal for moderate to severe cases.For mild to moderate cases and a desire for non surgical intervention, combination treatment helps. This is my preferred approach. I call it the TIE approach.

  1. T: Threadlift to lift and support the saggy tissue
  2. I:  Injection – With microtoxin to firm and tighten excess skin
  3. E: Energy based devices – Skin tightening with Energy based devices RF, HIFU, + fat reduction via fat freezing


buccal fat

buccal fat


buccal fat singapore

Where is our buccal fat?

Here we can see where the buccal fat is located. Notice it is right in front of the jawline, hence contributing to a square jaw in Asians. Depending on the severity, the above options of non surgical vs surgical are available and will give a certain degree of efficacy.

chubby cheeks

chubby cheeks – buccal fat



Next lets look at the chin and neckline. Notice a bulge under your chin? That is due to skin laxity and soft tissue accumulation.

saggy neck

saggy neck and double chin

For most of us, it is something we prefer not to have. And just for laughs, there is actually a restaurant named Double Chin! Bet the food is so yummy they promise you WILL GAIN weight in all the right places haha.


Now, let me share with you my approach to double chin reduction.

Dr Daniel Chang’s TIE approach to double chin reduction

  1. T: Threadlift and Microtoxin to provide skin firming and support
  2. I:  Injection – currently Kybella is not HSA approved so microtoxin is recommended 
  3. E: Energy based devices – Skin tightening with Energy based devices RF, HIFU, And fat reduction via fat freezing

T: Threadlift 

I: INJECTION with microtoxin

E: ENERGY based devices 

DISCLAIMER: KYBELLA is not HSA approved, hence the following serves as educational info ONLY. Do note, we do not promote nor carry this service, so please dont call us for this.

With Kybella, a US FDA approved product for double chin reduction sweeping the Western world by storm, many see it as the elixir to non invasive fat reduction, and a fantastic alternative to liposuction, for those who do not wish to go under the knife. Kybella has a high patient satisfaction of 80% upwards for permanent fat reduction in this area.

What is KYBELLA® singapore (deoxycholic acid) injection?

Kybella Singapore is a Lipodissolve solution, FDA approved and used in the US for a number of years now. KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” Kybella is not HSA approved. 

How does Kybella work? 

Kybella is a deoxycholine solution that acts to dissolve fat cells.


How Kybella works


Who is suitable to receive KYBELLA?

People with isolated fat deposits.

Who should not receive KYBELLA®?

  1. You should not receive KYBELLA® if you have an infection in your treatment area, of if your double chin is due to excess, saggy skin only.
  2. If you have thyroid problems, are breastfeeding or pregnant
  3. Have excess jowls, excess skin

What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA®?

The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

How is Kybella done? 

The area of concern is marked, and tiny injections are made into your fat tissues to dissolve your fat cells.


Kybella for double chin

How does it feel after treatment?

Immediately after kybella treatment, you will experience tolerable burning sensation (discomfort 4/10) during the inital 15min, then swelling, numbness, prickly sensation that can last for 4 days on average. This sensation is due to the fat cells getting dissolved.

I would recommend compression dressing +/- the use of analgesia at night in selected cases.

How long do the results of kybella last?

Kybella dissolves the fat cells in the treatment area permanently. It will take between 3-4 sessions to get your final results. The desired effect will take time but Kybella will cause permanent fat reduction after each treatment.

Dr Daniel Chang

Dr Daniel Chang

  1. Hi Dr Chang, Can i know in singapore where are your clinic located?

  1. Hi Dr Chang, Can i know in singapore where are your clinic located?