The dreaded double chin can affect people of all ages, sizes, and both genders with equal tenacity. When it makes an unwelcome appearance, this submental fat can undermine your profile, blurring the boundaries between your head and neck.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, under the expert guidance of Drs. Trent Fogleman and Paul Benien Jr., we provide both surgical and nonsurgical solutions to Oklahoma City patients who want to look their very best. And for a double chin, surgery was often the only effective solution — until now. With the FDA approval of Kybella in 2015, we can now tackle stubborn submental fat using only injections.
The making of a double
As we mentioned in the beginning, a double chin isn’t simply the domain of people who are carrying extra weight. Yes, an excess of fat in your body can lead to a double chin more readily than in others, but even thinner, younger people can develop the condition.
One of the bigger contributors to a double chin is simple genetics. If double chins run in your family, you may develop one, too. This may be because strong chins aren’t part of your lineage, which means that any fat, no matter how little, can lead to the appearance of a double chin.
Age plays a significant role, too. As you get older, your skin loses collagen, which is primarily responsible for the structural support in your tissue. With this deficit, your skin can sag and fat can gather at the lowest point — often under your chin.
However your chin developed an unwanted twin, let’s take a look at how Kybella can fight back.
At the heart of Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. In its natural form, deoxycholic acid is a substance found naturally in your digestive system that helps in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. With Kybella, we use a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid to destroy the fat cells under your chin so they’re no longer able to store or accumulate fat.
The Kybella process
When you sit down with us, we take a look at the treatment area and come up with the best timeline. Most patients undergo several Kybella treatments, which we space apart by four weeks to allow time for each series of injections to go to work.
During your treatment, you receive multiple injections of Kybella, so you may feel some soreness afterward, but this is usually short-lived.
As you progress through your treatments, and the submental fat is destroyed, your chin will begin to emerge as a solo act again. And these results should last, because once your fat cells are destroyed, they’re gone for good.
And should your double chin re-emerge down the road thanks to age or weight gain, we can simply go back in with another round of Kybella treatments.
If you’d like to say goodbye to your double chin with surgery-free Kybella, please give us a call at (405) 265-9255 or request an appointment using the online scheduler.