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Healthy model with clear skin on black backgroundDuring the scariest month of the year, we’re all up for a good scare. Well, maybe not when we look in a mirror and see a sideways look at our profile. Wait. What happened to my sleek, firm, chiseled profile? What’s with the sagging, undefined profile that now seems to have taken up residence under my chin?

Ugh. The dreaded double chin. Even if you’re in great shape, most of us still have some junk going on under our chins. And no one likes a double chin, except maybe Orson Welles.

But at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we can save the day with Kybella®, an FDA-approved injection that attacks the fat responsible for your double chin. 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.

Are Double Chins Common?

If your profile has some sagging under your chin, 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.

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. Add some fat pockets and the drooping is now a full-blown double chin.

Kybella® Chin Fat Removal

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!

How Many Kybella Treatments Are Needed?

At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we customize our Kybella® treatments for every patient. Some patients see the results they want after two to four treatments; others require six (six is the FDA-approved maximum). 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® has no side effects and requires no recovery time. The early Kybella® injections in your series will likely cause some swelling. The higher the amount of fat the more swelling you may have. This is a sign that the deoxycholic acid is attacking the fat cells. This usually passes within a few days. Because Kybella® destroys the fat cells, results are permanent. However, if you gain weight, submental fat can return.

Want to tell your double chin you’re not scared of it? Say “boo” with Kybella. Call us at (503) 297-3440 to schedule a consultation to see if Kybella would work for you.