Meet Kybella® – Savior of the Double Chin

By Warren B. Seiler III MD

By Warren B. Seiler III, MD

According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67 percent of respondents indicated they are “somewhat to extremely bothered” by excess fat under the chin and in the neck area. Believe it or not, unwanted chin and neck fat is as great of a concern as lines and wrinkles around and under the eyes. The reason is neither profound nor elusive, but rather simplistic—a beautifully sculpted jawline gives the appearance of youth, beauty and vitality. The unfortunate reality is that a double chin is considered by many to be unattractive, and can make patients extremely self-conscious.

Excess chin fat is brought on by a number of factors, many of which are out of our control. Genetics play a huge role, as some genepools retain water or store fat in that area. Aging is also a factor, because we tend to lose musculature under the chin and skin grows loose over time. While excess body fat and weight gain are certainly factors, prominence in fat under the chin is extremely common for people with normal body weight. To put it simply, some carry fat on the chin more easily than anywhere else, and it can be near impossible to get rid of naturally.

There are, of course, do-it-yourself exercises, such as jaw jutting, neck rolling, etc., that claim to help you evict your “chin-panion,” but this area is not typically responsive to these methods. There are also extreme and invasive options, like surgery or liposuction, that can sometimes (I repeat, sometimes) be effective, but does anyone really want to go under the knife to get rid of their double chin? Probably not, especially because there exists a non-surgical double chin savior!

Say hello to Kybella®, a new, non-invasive procedure that produces surgical results without the unpleasant side effects, scars, complications, or recovery time. Created by Allergan, the long-trusted manufacturer of Botox® and Juvederm®, Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved prescription drug designed to destroy chin and neck fat—permanently. In fact, the results from Kybella® are as good if not better than submental liposuction. Not only can you actually see the skin tightening from this procedure, but you will not be left with a visible scar and run next to zero risk of experiencing healing complications.

So, how exactly does it work? 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. Once injected painlessly in the skin underneath the chin, the active ingredient targets and destroys the “bad” cells through a process called lysis. Once these cells are lysed, or ruptured and disintegrated, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. The entire process may take 15 to 20 minutes, and, depending on the severity of your double chin, a series of two to four treatments may be required. The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. If this concerns you, remember—a full series of Kybella® treatments is equivalent to the cost of liposuction from a good surgeon!

Once the treatment is over, you should expect to experience 10 to 15 minutes of a heat sensation and feeling of fullness underneath the chin. We will, as needed, apply cold packs or a local anesthetic to help ease any discomfort; however, our patients typically report that any discomfort is quite minimal. While you can resume your normal activities immediately following the procedure, most patients will experience some swelling and fullness for three to seven days following the treatment, so it is important to consider upcoming commitments when scheduling your treatment.

If you are considering Kybella®, it is of utmost importance that you choose an expert injector and certified provider to perform the procedure, like myself. Kybella® is certainly not for everyone, and there is not a “one-size-fits-all” treatment plan. During your initial consultation with me, we will discuss your concerns in depth and determine if this procedure is right for you.

The benefits of Kybella® are undoubtedly remarkable—it’s non-invasive, quick and easy and the results are permanent. If you’re interested in learning more, what are you waiting for? Call us today to schedule a consultation. The only thing you have to lose is your double chin!

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