Submental fullness, often referred to as a “double chin,” is a common facial aesthetic condition that can impact both men and women. It can be related to the aging process or could simply be a part of your genetics. Though it can become more prominent with weight gain, sometimes diet and exercise alone do not make it go away. But chin up…we have good news for you.
At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer a nonsurgical approach (Kybella) to treat this common condition. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of double chin.
Kybella contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. It is injected into the fat beneath your chin to destroy fat cells. Once the cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. For most patients, two treatments are needed.
How Do I Know if Kybella is Right for Me?
Kybella is an effective treatment for submental fullness, but not everyone is a candidate. Your physician will help you determine if the treatment is right for you.
You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you:
- Are bothered by the appearance of a double chin
- Feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you are
- Eat well and exercise but submental fullness doesn’t go away
- Prefer a nonsurgical approach
Some health problems may prevent you from being a candidate for treatment:
- Bleeding problems
- Difficulty swallowing
- Infection in the area of treatment
- Weak facial muscles
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
The Kybella injection is a quick and minimally invasive procedure. Cold packs are applied to make the process more comfortable and, if needed, a topical numbing cream is used. The procedure typically lasts only 15 to 20 minutes, and discomfort should be minimal.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
The injection involves minimal discomfort and absolutely no downtime. Many people even undergo treatment on their lunch break, and then return to work immediately afterward.
As with any needle treatment, the injection site may become slightly sore, red, swollen or bruised. These side effects are temporary and subside within a few days.
Kybella doesn’t produce immediate results. It works to reduce submental fullness, and you’ll usually see results within 4 to 6 weeks after treatment.
How Long Will My Results Last?
As with any fat removing treatment, your results are impacted by your commitment to a healthy lifestyle and weight management. You’ll continue to age, but your submental fullness will always be better than it would have been without treatment.
I’m Ready to Lose My Double Chin. How Do I Get Started?
At Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer Kybella and CoolSculpting® to address double chin.
Or call us at 404-778-6880 to schedule your personal consultation
About Dr. Anderson
Erica Anderson, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Anderson completed her general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and associated hospitals in Denver, CO. She completed a year of advanced training in Aesthetic Surgery at Grotting Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Anderson returns to Emory University after being in private practice in Arlington, Virginia. While there, she maintained a busy aesthetic and reconstructive practice and also served as Medical Director for the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Virginia Hospital Center.
Dr. Anderson’s academic and research interests are largely focused on clinical outcomes with regards to cosmetic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest are diverse including cosmetic surgery of the breast and body as well chest wall reconstruction and wound care.
Dr. Anderson is married with 3 children, Trent, Connor and Fiona, and 2 vizslas, Max and Mimi.