According to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, about 68 percent of Americans have noticeable submental fullness, better known as a double chin. A double chin is made up of unwanted, subcutaneous fat that rests between the chin and top of the neck, creating an appearance of a second chin.
Generally, double chins develop from weight gain, but even some individuals with ideal weight can have submental fullness. This fat and excess skin are resistant to diet and exercise, making a solution difficult to find. Fortunately, there is a new non-surgical technique, called Kybella, that addresses this neck and chin area to provide a new, youthful contour in our Scottsdale, Arizona practice.
FDA-approved in 2015, Kybella is the only non-surgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. Kybella is an injectable formula of deoxycholic acid, which is utilized to destroy and absorb unwanted fat cells in the chin region. When injected, Kybella specifically targets fat cells and surrounding tissue is unaffected. Since this treatment is non-surgical, there is minimal to zero downtime necessary compared to surgical procedures, such as liposuction or neck lift surgery.
After treatment, the destroyed fat cells are cleared from the body by a natural metabolic process, leaving the patient with a smoother, slimmer, and youthful chin. Depending on desired patient goals a Kybella treatment requires anywhere from 2-6 treatments. If you are unhappy with stubborn submental fat, Kybella could be the non-surgical solution you’ve been looking for.