Say Goodbye To Your Double Chin
By Nicole Pope, MSN, FNP-C, CPSN
Did you know that 1 in 4 people are bothered by submental fullness also known as a “double chin”? Though many people diet and exercise, the double chin is a very difficult area to reduce or eliminate. Submental fullness is not always caused by weight, sometimes genetics or age can be contributing factors. If you aren’t ready, or are weary of liposuction, Kybella® might be the right solution for you.
Kybella® is an injectable product that uses deoxycholic acid, an enzyme that our bodies already produce, to break down fat cells permanently to help you achieve your desired chin profile. The goal of Kybella injections is to eliminate fat resistant to exercise, achieve a defined jaw line, plus look lighter and younger.
Kybella® is a permanent non-surgical, FDA-approved injectable produced by Allergan (the makers of Botox® Cosmetic) and has been researched in more than 20 clinical trials. The number of treatments varies based on a person’s chin profile. For mild to moderate fullness, a patient usually receives two treatments spaced two months apart. Treatment sessions take about 15-20 minutes each and consist of multiple small injections underneath the chin. Pain is minimal and generally patients ice prior to injections to alleviate any anticipated pain. There is no downtime after a Kybella treatment. Most common side effects include swelling, numbness, tenderness to the injection site and minimal bruising which usually subsides within a week.
Kybella® is an excellent option for many patients who are self-conscious about the fat underneath their chin. Kybella eliminates submental fullness without having to undergo a surgical procedure. Even if you gain weight in the future, you will not see your neck profile increase because the cells have already been broken down.
To find out if Kybella® is right for you, or to discuss other submental fat reduction solutions, please contact our office at 630-348-3000.