A double chin is not an indication that a patient is fat. In fact, many patients with double chins are at a healthy weight and often have family members who also have double chins. Double chins tend to run in families. A double chin is often called submental fullness.
Fully 8 out of 10 Americans report they are distressed by their double chin. Patients can try hiding their double chin with scarves, turtle necks and careful posing in photos. With the proliferation of selfies, more and more people feel self conscious about their double chins.
If you have tried neck exercises, home remedies, creams and camouflage, it may be time to consider KYBELLA.
What causes a double chin?
There are 3 main causes:
- Weight gain. However, losing weight will not necessarily eliminate a double chin. The fat in a double chin is often unable to be changed with diet and exercise.
- Fat that accumulates under the chin is determined by genetics. Thus, double chins tend to run in families.
- As we age we lose muscle and skin tone that can result in a double chin.
What are the available treatments for a double chin?
- Neck lift
- Laser treatments
- Cool Sculpting
KYBELLA is the only nonsurgical treatment for a double chin. Liposuction, neck lifts and laser treatments are all invasive. With KYBELLA, you get all the benefits without the risks of surgery, anesthesia, bleeding, blood clots, downtime, etc.
What is Kybella?
KYBELLA is a nonsurgical treatment to reduce moderate to severe submental fat. The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat, is injected into the treatment area during an office visit.
It is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells.
KYBELLA can improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin.
KYBELLA is available at Advantage Dermatology in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Get rid of your double chin without surgery, recovery or downtime
- Enhance a fatty, aging neck by removing excess fat. KYBELLA will not remove sagging skin.
- Treatments are quick, only 15-20 minutes.
- Improved chin and jawline
During your consultation you and your provider will discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals and you will be evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate for KYBELLA. The risks, benefits, cost and number of treatments will be discussed. Your provider will determine the number of treatments you need to achieve your goal. Recommended treatments will vary from individual to individual. Up to 6 treatments, may be administered, spaced no less than 1 month apart.
Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Although results are noticeable, they are not immediate. KYBELLA works gradually to destroy fat cells. Once the aesthetic effect is achieved, further treatment is not necessary.
Your chin and neck will be cleaned, and the area to be injected will be marked with a surgical pen to delineate the injection points. To minimize discomfort, ice, topical numbing cream or injected local anesthetic may be used. Your provider may suggest you take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your appointment.
Your provider will administer small amounts of KYBELLA at the injection points. The entire procedure should last about 15-20 minutes. Once destroyed, those cells cannot be stored or accumulate. Fat cleared from the treatment area is processed through your body’s natural metabolism
After the Procedure
The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Swelling and bruising may last up to a week. Bruising can be hidden with makeup. Application of ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes will help reduce swelling. You should be able to resume your normal daily activities, but are likely to have swelling, so keep your social plans and work commitments in mind when scheduling your treatment. Avoid heavy exercise the day of the treatment. Do not rub or massage the area.
You may not be a good candidate if you have a skin infection, or excessive laxity or prominent muscle bands in the neck. Children under the age of 18 are not candidates.
As with any procedure there can be serious side effects. Serious side effects include nerve injury in the jaw, which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness, and trouble swallowing. However, the skill and expertise of your injector is the key factor in successful treatment and avoidance of side effects.
You should contact your provider if you experience any side effects following receipt of KYBELLA® that bother you or that do not go away.
At Advanced Dermatology in Jacksonville, Florida we offer comprehensive dermatologic care and the latest technical advances with emphasis on safety and superior results.