While hard work may prevent you from developing a large stomach or thighs, it may not be able to ward off a double chin. According to Popular Science, some people are just generally predisposed to submental fat (the medical term for a double chin).
Despite its prevalence and benign nature, a double chin is considered unattractive in our culture. But thanks to modern medicine, we now have a way to help you get rid of your double chin without surgery or liposuction. Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that promises to kick your double chin to the curb for good.
Are you ready to get rid of your double chin? At Sterling Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, our team — led by Dr. Mark Mathieson — can help. With years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Mathieson has the expertise and knowledge to make sure your double chin leaves and never comes back.
Double chin causes
Although double chins are generally associated with being overweight, this isn’t necessarily true. Submental fat is a broad term for extra tissue below your mentum, or lower jaw. While typically thought of as excess fat, double chins can also be the result of excess skin.
There are two main causes of double chins: excess skin and excess fat.
If your double chin is the result of excess fat, it’s likely a combination of genetics and being overweight/having a bad diet. Some people naturally gain weight in their chins the same way that others naturally gain it in their arms or breasts.
Those not genetically predisposed to a double chin may eventually develop one as their weight increases. If your diet consists of a lot of transfats and processed food, you’re also at risk for a double chin.
A double chin from excess skin is the result of weight loss or age. If you have lost a large amount of weight, you skin may not be able to return to its original, smaller form, resulting in a double chin. As you age, your skin loses elasticity over time. With not much muscle or bone to hold it up, the skin on your chin can droop or sag.
In both cases, fat may pool in the double chin simply because there’s space there.
How Kybella helps
The main ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, which also occurs naturally in the body. Deoxycholic acid aids in the breakdown of dietary fat. When injected into the targeted area, the acid gets to work doing what it does best — destroying fat that is then passed out of your body as waste.
Kybella permanently destroys fat cells in the treatment area. This means that after your treatment course, you don’t have to go back later, and your double chin will likely be gone forever if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight.
Although non-invasive, Kybella treatment may cause some swelling, bruising, or numbness under their chin. But these side effects are relatively short-lived. Contact us if you experience severe side effects, like an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.
Your treatment course is tailored to your desired results and the distribution of your submental fat. In clinic trials, the majority of patients used the maximum number of treatments, which is six. We’ve found that many of our patients need far fewer treatments. All treatments are at least a month apart.
Your double chin may be partly genetic, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it. At Sterling Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, we know how to help our patients get the body they’ve always wanted. Dr. Mathieson’s expertise extends beyond double chins — he’s an expert plastic surgeon who can help you achieve terrific results all over your body. Call us today for a consultation.