Doublemint Gum is Good. Double Chins are Bad
- Posted on: Aug 15 2017
Double chins. Not so good.
Luckily, in Ohio, we don’t have for our governor the poster child of double chins, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. But the depressing reality is that most of us have at least some extra stuff going on beneath our jawbone. If you want a better sounding term, use submental fullness. That’s the clinical term for “double chin.”
Considering how prevalent they are, it’s kind of interesting that the aesthetic industry has paid so little attention to this area of the body. A person had to have a facelift or a neck lift to do much about their double chin.
Now that has changed with Kybella®, a prescription medicine available from the team at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics. Kybella® is the prescription brand name for an injection formulated with deoxycholic acid that dramatically improves the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, the proverbial double chin.
OK, you’re not governor of New Jersey, but most people have a double chin
If you feel like you have some extra fat under your chin, you’re in good company. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in 2015 and found that 67% of people said they’re bothered by a double chin. That’s two-thirds of the country. Plus, people in the survey were as bugged by their double chin as they were about wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Aging and sagging skin go together like dumb presidents and Twitter. There are a variety of factors that play a part: the pull of gravity, simple intrinsic aging (where decreasing production of collagen means the skin has less underlying support), genetics (some people simply have looser skin below the jawline), and weight gain. All of these factors cause our skin to droop. And because the skin under the chin has no underlying bone or muscle beneath it, it’s even more obvious when it becomes lax and hangs downward. Fat accumulation is usually the main culprit behind this skin sagging downward.
Kybella® to the rescue
Obviously tired of two-thirds of the country walking around with double chins, in April 2015 the FDA approved Kybella®, the only injectable treatment to improve the appearance and profile of a double chin.
Kybella® is just deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body whose job is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella® (and its deoxycholic acid) destroys the fat cells. After those cells are gone, there is no longer a storage mechanism to accumulate fat in the area. So your double chin is gone for good, as long as you don’t gain a bunch of weight.
Multiple treatments yield the best results
At Northcoast Laser Cosmetics, our Kybella® treatments are customized for every patient. Some patients see the results they want after two to four treatments; others require six (six is the maximum allowed by the FDA). The number of treatments will depend on the amount of fat stored under your chin, along with your desired final profile. Each treatment is spaced four weeks apart.
Kybella® has no side effects and requires no recovery time. As with any injection, there can be some swelling at the injection sites, but that passes quickly.
So, leave the doubles to Indians and get rid of your double chin with Northcoast and Kybella. Call us at 440-NEW-FACE and ask about it.
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