A “Double Chin” is a common and extremely disturbing problem for many people. What is even more disturbing is that there have been relatively few previous treatment options other than a surgical facelift that can only temporarily relieve this problem of fat below the chin. This has changed with the introduction of a variety of non-surgical options including Kybella® which are available at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery to reduce the appearance of mild to severe fat below the chin.
Previously, the only way a person could really change the appearance of their double chin was through facelift surgery, which can be expensive and traumatic, and have only a temporary result. Formerly known as mesotherapy, which was not FDA approved, and which produced inconsistent results, Kybella® was then developed. Currently, Kybella® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for adults to improve the appearance and profile of a double chin.
How does Kybella work?
Kybella® works because it contains deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella® destroys the fat cells. Once those fat cells are gone, there is no mechanism to store and accumulate fat in the area thus leading to a permanent solution.
How many Kybella® treatments?
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we customize your Kybella® treatment. The number of treatments will depend on the amount of fat stored under your chin, along with your desired final chin profile.
Most patients experience visible results in two to four treatments, however up to six treatments may be administered spaced at least one month apart.
What is recovery like?
Kybella® does its magic without any major side effects or surgical recovery time. Patients may have temporary swelling and tenderness at the injection sites however. Because Kybella® destroys the fat cells, results are considered permanent. However, if you gain weight, submental fat can return.
If you are interested in Kybella® call the cosmetic team providers at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery at 503-297-3440 to schedule your consultation today.