Both young and old people are often bothered by something called submental fullness – or in other words, a double chin! This condition can worsen as we age, due to laxity in the skin and excess weight as our metabolism slows down. Even weight loss might not resolve your double chin, because fat stored in this area can be particularly stubborn.
In the old days patients often went “under the knife” for cosmetic surgery. A face lift was often the only solution to double chins. While effective, face lifts leave significant scarring, and of course all surgeries come with inherent risks. Most of us can’t afford the time off of work, and no one enjoys the pain of surgery!
Luckily we have developed new ways to deal with submental fullness, or double chins. Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment for this bothersome condition. It is considered comparatively safe, as opposed to surgical treatments, and is effective at contouring the skin and reducing the appearance of double chins.
Kybella® is a synthetic form of a substance that your body produces naturally. Deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells where it is injected, help you to reduce stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. For now, Kybella® is approved for use in reducing excess fat around the chin and jaw line.
Each Kybella® treatment session lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, and we perform the procedures right here in our office! Most patients require three or four treatment sessions, but your requirements could be different from the average. At your first appointment, we can discuss your goals and decide upon a treatment plan that will help you achieve them.
In rare cases, Kybella® can cause side effects such as nerve injury in the jaw, facial weakness, and trouble swallowing. However, the most common side effects are mild, and include redness, numbness, swelling, and bruising.
Call our office to schedule an appointment, and together we will decide if Kybella® is right for you.