Double chins can be embarrassing, frustrating, and perplexing. Sometimes, no matter how much you try to lose weight, you can’t get rid of your double chin.

For years, doctors and plastic surgeons have faced a similar struggle, with few options available to treat the condition outside of plastic surgery.

But is there another way to get rid of a double chin? While liposuction may prove an appropriate option for some patients, others would prefer to solve the problem of their embarrassing double chin with a less invasive method. Fortunately, a promising new treatment called Kybella™ offers hope for those looking to boost their confidence by slimming down their chin and neck area.

What causes double chins?

Double chins can develop for numerous reasons. They result when an excess of fat or water is stored in the upper neck area connecting to the chin. While some patients develop this condition because of weight gain resulting from years of poor diet and lack of exercise, others carry a genetic predisposition to storing fat in that area. As a result, people who otherwise do not seem overweight can still develop a double chin.

Age can also contribute to patients developing double chins, as we begin to lose elasticity in our skin, causing our skin to sag. We also begin to store fat differently, and the chin area is often an unfortunate target for excess skin storage.

How Kybella™ can treat double chins

Kybella™ is a new cosmetic procedure that uses deoxycholic acid injections to target fat cells in the chin and break them down. Deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance within the body, helps regulate metabolism and control fat. When injected into fat cells in the neck and chin, it absorbs the fat cells, causing the patient to literally lose the fat in their neck.

This approach proves beneficial, as these cells do not grow back once the deoxycholic acid dissolves them, although new fat cells can form if a patient does not maintain proper diet and exercise.

Kybella™ works to destroy the fat cells causing your double chin without damaging the surrounding tissue, bones, or nerves in your neck and chin.

The patient will not observe results immediately, as multiple treatments are required and it takes awhile for the deoxycholic acid to take effect. Patients may not experience a complete elimination of their double chin, but they can certainly see a dramatic improvement.

Kybella™ was only approved by the FDA in April 2015, and although still not widely available, results have shown promise in successfully treating patients with double chins. According to Kybella™, 79% of patients treated with Kybella™ during clinical trials reported improved satisfaction with their appearance in just 12 weeks following the completion of their injections.

Benefits of Kybella

Kybella™ offers patients living with double chins the chance to improve their appearance without surgery through this minimally invasive procedure. Patients do not even need to undergo anesthesia to receive injections. Patients receive injections over the course of up to six sessions, usually only lasting fifteen minutes each, depending on how the patient responds to the treatment.

Unlike liposuction, which can involve a more complicated recovery, Kybella™ does not involve much in terms of recovery and is approved for most patients. The procedure is performed out-patient, and within a week following each injection, patients’ should make a full recovery. Some patients report redness, moderate swelling, bruising, soreness, and even stinging.

To avoid complications, you will want to avoid undergoing Kybella™ treatment if you have a thyroid condition, have an infection in the target area, or take certain medications.

Kybella™ represents a breakthrough in the treatment of double chins, offering promising hope to patients burdened by the embarrassment of the condition.

If you would like more information on how you can reduce your double chin, contact us to explore your options.