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Getting Rid of That Double Chin — Without Surgery

double-chin-smallSubmental 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.

Nonsurgical Treatment

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.

Schedule a consultation with one of our skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeons. They’ll discuss with you how it works, what to expect and your goals for treatment.


Or call us at 404-778-6880 to schedule your personal consultation

About Dr. Anderson

anderson-ericaErica 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.

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Defying Gravity: Surgical and Non-surgical Treatments to Prevent Aging

crunchesPatients ask me all the time…”How do I fight off the effects of gravity, and do I need surgery to do that?” The good news is that we now have more tools than ever before to defy the effects of aging. In order to get the best results, it is essential to know what each tool can do, but perhaps even more importantly, what it cannot do. By picking the right tool for each area of your body – whether surgical or non-surgical – you will have a better chance to get the result you are seeking.

As we age, the loss of elasticity of our skin results in the appearance of sagging. Brows can look low, eyelids can sag, and jowls invade once beautiful jawlines. Laxity in the neck can result in drooping that is especially noticeable when looking down or in pictures taken from the side. Sagging of the breasts, technically known as breast ptosis, may result not only from aging and the effects of gravity, but from the after-effects of pregnancy and breast feeding. Pregnancy can have a profound affect on the tummy area and can lead to loose skin as well as separation of the muscles which leads to an appearance of rounding. Weight fluctuations can also have a profound effect. If you gain and loose weight frequently, and especially if you loose a large amount of weight, the laxity and sagging will be much greater, particularly contributing to laxity in the tummy and thighs.

Non-surgical treatments have a critical role in preventing aging and the effects of gravity, but when actual sagging occurs, surgery is typically the best and often only solution to get the changes you want. Currently non-surgical treatments have little capacity to tighten loose skin, particularly in the body region. But non-surgical treatments can do a wonderful job addressing wrinkles due to muscle hyperactivity (Botox®), of softening the appearance of deeper creases in the face (dermal fillers), of reducing isolated areas of fat accumulation (CoolSculpting®), and improving the texture and appearance of the skin(skin care, lasers, chemical peels).

In the face, if you really want to tighten sagging jowls, lift a droopy brow or eyelids, or to address loose skin in the neck, surgery is definitely the way to go. A brow lift can reposition the brows and help create a more open, bright look to the eyes. An eyelid lift can smooth the skin of the upper eyelid or soften the appearance of “bags” of the lower eyelid. A facelift can improve the cheek contours and reduce jowls, creating a more youthful, smooth jaw line, and a neck lift can tighten and smooth the neck. While surgery is the dominant solution for defying gravity in the facial area, there are situations where non-invasive procedures can play a role. For example, if a patient has very early jowling and isn’t yet ready for a face lift, placing fillers along the edge of the jowl and along the jawline can camouflage the appearance, although it will not “lift” it away. If a patient has lost volume of the upper cheek area, injecting the area with fillers can replace volume and give the appearance of lifting the midface.

In the facial area it is extremely common to combine surgical and non-surgical approaches to optimize your results. For instance, while a face and neck lift will help you defy the effects of gravity, the surgery will not change the overall appearance of your skin. A skin care program can work wonders to enhance the results of your surgery by smoothing rough spots, evening the color of your skin and reducing dark spots, shrinking pore size, and creating a healthy glow to your skin.

In the breast and body areas, non-surgical approaches have little to offer in terms of actual lifting of tissues in order to defy gravity. This is because current technologies do not sufficiently tighten skin to create dramatic improvements, nor can they effectively tighten the soft tissues under the skin. If you really want to tighten sagging tissue back to its youthful position, surgery is required. In the breast, this means undergoing a breast lift (mastopexy) either with or without implants. In the tummy area, this means an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with or without liposuction. In recent years, buttock lifts and thigh lifts have become increasingly common.

While there are plenty of non-surgical technologies being marketed that tout skin tightening, they have not been proven to work. In fact, some of our patients have said they tried these treatments, especially in the body areas, and most felt that they had either no result or that the results were so minimal that it was not worth the investment.

If you are interested in counteracting the effects of gravity, come and consult with one of the board-certified physicians at the Emory Aesthetic Center. We can go over options specific to your individual needs, and help you understand which surgical or non-surgical treatments are best for you.


or call us at 404-778-6880 to schedule a consultation

About Dr. Eaves

eaves-iii-felmontDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

Holiday Glow: Getting Ready for the Holidays Live Chat- October 13

eac-holiday-calloutBelieve it or not, the holidays will be here before we know it. There are so many things to look forward to as the holiday season begins – parties, events and time with family and friends. But will you be ready?

Join Dr. Anita Sethna of the Emory Aesthetic Center for a live chat on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST where she will give advice and answer questions on how to get your skin glowing for the festive season. Dr. Sethna will discuss effective non-surgical treatments that will provide the most significant changes to your skin to those last minute options that will still give you a brighter, rejuvenated look. She will also be available to answer questions around cosmetic surgical options and recovery to ensure your are ready just in time for the season.

Register for the live chat on Tuesday, October 13 at 12pm here.


About Dr. Sethna

anita-sethna-avatarDr. Sethna understands that facial plastic and reconstructive surgery demand a marriage of science and artistry, and she enjoys using precision, skill, and vision to make her patients’ dreams reality. Dr. Sethna’s meticulous attention to detail and her passion for maintaining a natural look ensure optimum results for her patients.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Sethna is devoted to assisting residents in facial trauma or reconstructive cases at Grady Hospital. She relishes the opportunity to educate residents and medical students in all aspects of patient care. Dr. Sethna has a strong interest in several areas of facial plastic surgery research and has presented at national meetings on the importance of resident and fellow education in rhinoplasty techniques and adjunctive measures to decrease discomfort during cosmetic procedures.