Lose a Double Chin Without Surgery
A double chin is a constant visible reminder that fat does not always do what we want it to do. Even men and women who diligently diet and exercise with enthusiasm can find that an unwanted look of submental fullness remains, changing the shape of their face and obscuring their neck in photos and videos. Such stubborn fat can be removed via liposuction, but not everyone wants surgical incisions and the resulting recuperation time. For anyone seeking a nonsurgical solution to the problem of a double chin, there is Kybella®. Boston-area plastic surgeon Christopher Davidson, MD, offers the injectable at this practice, welcoming patients ready to regain facial definition and sleek, youthful contours.
What Is Kybella®?
Made by Allergan, manufacturer of the popular and trusted BOTOX®, Kybella® is an injectable designed specifically and approved by the FDA to reduce submental fullness. The active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, which is a chemical the body produces naturally to help break down dietary fat for absorption. When injected into the area below the neck, it operates by destroying fat cells, rupturing their membranes and freeing the material inside to be processed and eliminated from the body.
The Ideal Kybella® Candidate
Men and women alike who are dissatisfied with the look of their chin and neck due to excess fat are excellent candidates for Kybella®. The injectable is particularly suited for patients who have tried to lose their double chin, but have been unsuccessful. This is because submental fullness is frequently caused by what is known as diet-resistant or stubborn fat, which stays in place even as other parts of the body slim down. Fit and otherwise slim people can still find themselves dealing with a double chin.
It should also be noted that dieting reduces the size of fat cells, but does not remove them from the body. Even if submental fat recedes due to dieting, the cells can grow again under proper circumstances. Destroying the fat cells with Kybella® prevents them from creating a double chin again in the future.
Kybella® Treatment Details
For each session, small amounts of Kybella® are injected, and this takes about half an hour to complete. Many patients achieve the look they want in just two sessions. Patients will start to see a reduction in their double chin within weeks, though the ultimate desired results typically require up to four treatment sessions, each spaced roughly four weeks apart.
Kybella® patients may notice some bruising, discomfort, or other injection-related side effects in the days after their session, but the treatment requires no particular downtime or recovery.
Patients who do want surgery can, of course, choose liposuction, which has its own advantages. A neck lift may involve some liposuction to remove a double chin, and can also tighten loose and sagging skin to bring more definition to the jawline. Dr. Davidson will work with each patient to help them decide which procedure or treatment will best provide double-chin-reducing results.