SculpSure Submental Double Chin Treatment Specialist

Christina M. McAlpin, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

If you have a double chin, you may feel it makes you look fat, weakens your profile, or just plain looks bad. Now you can get rid of submental fat forever with a noninvasive SculpSure® treatment by Dr. Christina M. McAlpin in Los Angeles, California. If you want to eliminate your double chin without surgery or downtime, contact Dr. McAlpin’s office by phone or use the online scheduling form.

SculpSure Submental Double Chin Treatment Q&A

by Christina M. McAlpin, MD

What is SculpSure submental double-chin contouring?

SculpSure is a noninvasive laser therapy cleared by the FDA to permanently eliminate small areas of stubborn fat, including the fat that causes a double chin (submental fat). SculpSure is a relaxing and safe procedure with no downtime.

How does double-chin contouring work?

While you relax in the treatment chair, Dr. McAlpin or an aesthetic professional on her team places the SculpSure laser applicator under your chin.

The laser heats the fat in your double chin up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is high enough to interfere with the fat cell’s function, but not enough to affect your skin or other tissues.

The heated fat cells then disintegrate and die. After your treatment, your body processes the dead cells by filtering their components through your lymphatic system. Over the next weeks to months, your body excretes the processed cells.

The fat cells do not regenerate, so after treatment, your double chin won’t come back if you maintain a stable weight.

Is the SculpSure laser hot?

The SculpSure applicator has special Contact Cooling™ technology to keep your skin at a safe and comfortable temperature. You feel a cooling sensation when Dr. McAlpin first starts the treatment. Then you feel alternating sensations of warmth and cooling.  

When do I see my new chin?

Your SculpSure expert at Dr. McAlpin’s office kills up to a quarter of your fat cells in just 25 minutes. Your body takes a month and a half to three months to completely excrete the fat-cell debris.

At the six- to eight-week mark, you may choose to get a second treatment, and later a third. Dr. McAlpin lets you know at your consultation how many treatments you need.

Is my new chin permanent?

The fat cells that were removed cannot regenerate, so even if you gain weight, your new proportions stay the same. However, if you overeat the remaining fat cells swell, so you could develop another fatty area.

That’s why Dr. McAlpin stresses that you should have a healthy diet and an enjoyable exercise routine in place before your treatment. If you struggle with your weight, Dr. McAlpin can counsel you on nutrition and lifestyle choices.


If you’re ready to remove your double chin without surgery, needles, or downtime, make an appointment with Dr. McAlpin by phone or online form.