Double Chins Are Doubly Irritating

KybellaSubmental fullness.

That’s the nice way to say something that most of us over the age of 40 deal with to one degree or another — the dreaded double chin. Submental fullness is the clinical term for junk under the chin.

We like to think that everyone else has the double chin, but most of us have at least some unwanted fat under our chin. In the past, nothing short of a neck lift or liposuction could address a double chin, but a new prescription injection called Kybella® has changed that. Kybella® improves the profile of people with moderate to severe double chins. Dr. Hetzler now provides Kybella at his practice.

Double chinny chin chin

The three little pigs maybe didn’t allow for stuff by the hairs of their chinny chin chins, but they probably all had double chins, too. For us humans, double chins are pretty much a part of growing older, and surely a part of putting on weight. The unending downward pull of gravity, along with loosening of the skin, creates a perfect condition for the skin to hang down and collect fat. The result is drooping skin and a lack of definition in your profile.

At least you and your double chin are in good company. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in 2015 on double chins. The results showed that 67% of people were “bothered by their double chin.” And they said their double chin bothered them just as much as wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Kybella® doubles down on double chins

Kybella® is basically made of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body; its job is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Now you can see the simplicity behind Kybella®. To deoxycholic acid fat is fat, meaning it doesn’t differentiate between dietary fat and other fat that can be found in pockets under your chin. When Kybella® is injected into the fat beneath the chin, it destroys the fat cells. And it destroys them permanently, removing the storage mechanism to accumulate fat in the area. That means your double chin is gone for good, as long as you don’t put on a good deal of weight in the future.

You may think that if Kybella can melt away the fat under your chin, why not use it everywhere you’ve unwanted fat. How about on your tummy? While it is tempting to think that this would work, at this point the FDA has only approved Kybella for use on double chins. Research is progressing on other potential areas, however.

How does Dr. Hetzler use Kybella?

A Kybella session is sort of like a Botox session — short but sweet! A Kybella session with Dr. Hetzler lasts less than 30 minutes. It involves a series of injections with a very small needle. A series of treatments is necessary to regain the profile most patients seek, although you will see results after the first session. Most patients opt for a series of six treatments.

Interested in losing your chin’s resemblance to Jobba the Hut? Call Dr. Hetzler at 732-219-0447 and ask about Kybella.


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