One of the top skin concerns we see in our office is the dreaded “double chin.” This common condition affects men and women of all ages, but many people don’t know that there’s an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment to solve it. Below, we discuss how Kybella can help get rid of that double chin once and for all.
Submental fullness is the medical term for the facial skin concern commonly called “double chin.” In a 2014 survey from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), almost 70% of people reported that they were bothered by their submental fullness. This top skin concern adds a heavier, more aged appearance to the facial area.
Submental fullness affects both women and men and is most often caused by aging or genetics, though occasionally weight gain can be a contributing factor. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to target submental fullness since it’s resistant to diet and exercise. In the past, the only other options for solving this common concern were surgery and liposuction. But now, there is an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment that provides excellent results.
Kybella is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment cleared by the FDA for moderate to severe submental fullness. This non-surgical option was developed by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals. The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body with the function of breaking down and absorbing fat. When deoxycholic acid is injected into the skin during a Kybella cosmetic treatment, the fat cell membrane becomes disrupted. This ultimately causes the fat in the area to dissolve, and once the fat cell membrane is destroyed, it can no longer accumulate or store fat in the area.
During the Kybella procedure, a series of tiny injections are inserted into the chin's fatty areas. This treatment takes approximately 15-20 minutes, and results can be seen within just weeks of treatment. As the treatment area naturally processes and permanently removes the destroyed fat cells, the double chin begins to “shrink.” Usually, one or two additional treatments are needed, separated by a one month or longer time interval. Typically, two to four treatments are needed for full results, but up to six may be administered.
Kybella does not always have side effects, but if they do occur, the most common include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness around the treatment area. In very rare cases, more serious side effects might include trouble swallowing or nerve injury in the jaw that can lead to an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. However, these are most often temporary and fade once Kybella is discontinued.
Kybella is not recommended for use in patients with a history of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) or bleeding abnormalities.
The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is one of the first practices in the nation to offer the revolutionary Kybella treatment. If you’re suffering from the common skin concern of a double chin, contact us today to make an appointment with our board-certified specialists and find out more about your treatment options.