In most cases, the term double is a good thing. At a Tigers’ game, a double’s always welcome. Doubling down at the casino is usually profitable. Even Doublemint gum has its fans.
And then there’s the ultimate unwanted double — the double chin.
As we get older, most of us have some business going on under the chin. If you want to get clinical, as we are prone to doing at Elite Plastic Surgery, you can call it submental fullness. That’s the clinical term for “double chin.”
It’s interesting that with all of the cosmetic procedures the dreaded double chin was overlooked. Nothing short of a neck lift could really do much about it. But that has changed. At Elite we have two solutions for your double chin. We talked about the CoolSculpting Mini a couple months back in this blog. This month we’re covering Kybella, another new solution to double chins.
Kybella® is a prescription medicine available from the doctors at Elite. Kybella® is the brand name for an injection formulated with deoxycholic acid that dramatically improves the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, the proverbial double chin.
Most people have a double chin
If you’ve got some junk under your jaw, you’re not alone. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in 2015 and found that 67% of people said they’re bothered by a double chin. And people in the survey were equally bugged by their double chin as they were about wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Kybella® to the rescue
Introduced a couple years ago after FDA approval, Kybella® is the only injectable treatment to improve the appearance and profile of a double chin.
The basis of Kybella® is deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body whose job is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella® (and its deoxycholic acid) destroys the fat cells. After those cells are gone, there is no longer a storage mechanism to accumulate fat in the area. So your double chin shouldn’t return!
Multiple treatments yield the best results
At Elite, we customize our Kybella® treatments for every patient. The FDA has approved up to six Kybella treatments. Some patients see the results they want after two to four treatments; others want all six. The number of treatments will depend on the amount of fat stored under your chin, along with your desired final profile. Each treatment is spaced four weeks apart.
Kybella® usually causes swelling in the injection area. This is due to the Kybella reacting with and attacking the fat cells. This swelling varies between patients, but it can last a couple weeks. We’ll discuss these possibilities with you prior to your session.