Everyone likes to think it’s the other guy or gal who has the double chin. But reality says otherwise — most of us as we get older tend to accumulate some fat under our collective chins. The clinical term for this is submental fullness.
Up until 2015, there wasn’t anything you could do about your double chin except have surgery. But that all changed in April 2015 when the FDA approved Kybella for the treatment of double chins. Kybella is a prescription brand name for an injectable product formulated with deoxycholic acid that dramatically tightens and improves the profile of those with a double chin. Dr. Keamy now provides Kybella for his patients.
What is kybella?
Kybella is an injectable made from deoxycholic acid. It is used as a treatment to improve one's profile and overall appearance of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat or double chin). Kybella is given as a series of injections under the chin. That is the only location the FDA has approved for the use of Kybella.
What causes a double chin?
Submental fullness, or a "double chin" can be caused by genetics, weight gain, and aging. In some cases, no matter your diet or exercise, the unwanted fullness beneath the chin may not go away, and could make you appear older or heavier than you really are. This is when Kybella may be a perfect fit for you. Dr. Keamy evaluates each patient on an individual basis to make sure that you achieve optimal results.
How does Kybella work?
Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the human body. Its job is to help out with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Therein lies the simple concept behind Kybella. Deoxycholic acid doesn’t see a difference between dietary fat and the fat living under your chin. So, when Kybella is injected by Dr. Keamy into the fat under your chin it goes to work breaking down that fat. It destroys the fat cells, and without those cells you no longer have a storage mechanism for fat. The fat is gone for good and your profile has magically returned to where it was maybe a couple decades ago. This change is permanent, too, as long as you don’t put on a large amount of weight in the future.
How many Kybella treatments will I need?
There isn’t a set number of Kybella treatments. You will discuss your goals with Dr. Keamy. During a single treatment, Dr. Keamy will give you numerous small injections under your chin. Many patients feel they have tightened their double chin enough in just two to four Kybella treatments. The maximum number of treatments is six. How many you opt to have is up to you.
Is Kybella treatment painful?
The needle Dr. Keamy uses to inject Kybella is very small. Most patients don’t require any anesthetic, saying the multiple injections are akin to slight pinpricks. But, if you like, we can apply some topical anesthetic prior to your session.
Kybella Side Effects
There is a potential of some serious side effects with Kybella. They are rare, but they include nerve injury in the jaw that can create an uneven smile, trouble swallowing, and some weakness in the surrounding facial muscles. In clinical studies these side effects are not long-term but they do not resolve immediately.
Most common side effects include:
- residual pain
- areas of hardness in the treatment area
The above side effects are similar to those from various dermal fillers. Dr. Keamy can discuss possible side effects with you prior to treatment.
If you’re seeking to reduce or remove your double chin, Kybella currently is the only non-invasive option. Lower facelifts and neck lifts both will correct a double chin. Liposuction can be used to remove the fat.
Am I a good candidate?
If you have pockets of fat under your chin, you’re a perfect candidate for Kybella with Dr. Keamy. If you don’t like your profile in the mirror every morning, this is the way to tighten it up permanently. If your problem is more of slackening skin rather than fat accumulation, however, a neck lift may be more effective than Kybella.
Schedule a consultation
For more information on Kybella or other cosmetic services offered, please contact Dr. Keamy at (508) 836-8733 today.