A double-chin can make a person look older and heavier, with a loss of definition to the jawline. Unfortunately, losing weight is not always effective in reducing a double-chin. Many women and men of normal weight suffer with this cosmetic issue.
Kybella is the first and only injectable treatment approved by the FDA for destroying fat cells under the chin to improve the profile. At Skin Deep MD in Boulder we offer Kybella as a non-surgical method to reduce and slim away a double chin. Under the supervision and care of our skilled physician, Dr. Melody Denham, you can be confident that your treatment will be performed with meticulous care so the results are simply beautiful. Create a more defined, youthful look without surgery – with your Kybella treatments overseen by our physician for your health and safety -- and superior results.
What Causes a Double-Chin?
A double-chin is an extra layer of fat – which does not only affect overweight people – the body is genetically programmed to save fat beneath the chin. Factors contributing to submental fullness (excess fat below the chin) include:
- Aging: As the body ages, the skin loses elasticity. Loose, excess skin under the chin can contribute to submental fullness.
- Genetics: If one or both of your parents developed a double-chin, it is more likely that you will also store excess fat beneath the chin as you age.
- Weight and Diet: Although it may not always the cause, excess weight can contribute to a double chin. A diet high in calories, unhealthy fats, and processed foods may also be a contributing factor.
- Posture: Poor posture can weaken the muscles of the neck and chin, contributing to submental fullness over time.
How Many People Have a Double-Chin?
Submental fullness can affect men and women, both young and old. In a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 67% of the people surveyed reported that they feel bothered by the appearance of excess fat beneath the chin. In fact, according to the survey, submental fullness is as much of a cosmetic issue for people as wrinkles and lines developing around the eyes.
What Is Kybella and How Does It Work?
Kybella is an FDA-approved, injectable product designed to destroy fat cells under the chin. Its active ingredient is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids breakdown and absorption of dietary fats.
Injected into the fat deposits under the chin, Kybella works to kill the fat cells, creating a noticeable reduction of a double chin. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are gone for good and will never return. When you have reached your aesthetic goals with Kybella treatments, no further treatments will be needed.
What Can I Expect with Kybella Treatments?
Before you begin Kybella treatments at Skin Deep MD in Boulder, we will take your medical history, discuss what you hope to achieve, and carefully examine the area. If you are a good candidate for Kybella treatments, we will begin treatment with strategically placed injections.
We have a specially-trained healthcare professional performing Kybella injections. During each treatment session, you will receive multiple tiny Kybella injections in the fatty area to help you shed the excess and restore a more defined jawline. The procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to perform.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need with Kybella?
The number of treatment sessions required for optimal results with Kybella varies from patient to patient. In designing a treatment plan for you, we will determine the number of treatments needed based on your personal goals and the quantity of submental fat. Many patients see visible results after two to four treatments, and 59% of patients in clinical trials had a total of six treatments to achieve.
Am I a Good Candidate for Kybella?
Kybella is minimally-invasive, FDA-approved treatment that can significantly improve the profile by reducing a double-chin. You may be a good candidate for Kybella at Skin Deep MD in Boulder if you:
- Are self-conscious or embarrassed about a double-chin
- Believe that excess fat under the chin makes you look heavier or older
- Do not want to have surgery to correct a double-chin
- Have submental fullness that does not respond to diet and exercise