There have been some pretty famous double chins — Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Jackie Gleason, to name a few.
But that accumulated fat under your chin probably doesn’t feel like its making you famous. It makes you irritated seeing it every day in the mirror.
Formerly, you had to resort to surgery to do something about a double chin, but those days are over. Dr. Beaty now offers a new injectable solution called Kybella®.
Kybella® is the prescription 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 business going on 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.
Aging and sagging skin go together like the Braves and the Tomahawk Chop. There are a variety of factors that play a part: the pull of gravity, simple intrinsic aging (where decreasing production of collagen means the skin has less underlying support), genetics (some people simply have looser skin below the jawline), and weight gain. All of these factors cause our skin to droop. And because the skin under the chin has no underlying bone or muscle beneath it, it’s even more obvious when it becomes lax and hangs downward.
Kybella® to the rescue
To get rid of a double chin, your choices were a neck lift, a mid-face lift, or liposuction. Many people didn’t want to have surgery, so they were out of luck. But then in April 2015 the FDA approved Kybella®, the only injectable treatment to improve the appearance and profile of a double chin.
Kybella® is basically a marketing name for 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 be gone for good.
Multiple treatments yield the best results
Dr. Beaty customizes his Kybella® treatments for every patient. Some patients see the results they want after two to four treatments; others require 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.
The main side effect with Kybella is swelling. This occurs when the deoxycholic acid starts attacking the fat cells, and it usually lasts around one week.