Kybella® In Paramus, NJ
There are some famous double chins in American culture — Orson Welles, Jobba the Hut, Jackie Gleason, to name a few. Truth be told, while we like to think others have a little more going on under the chin, in reality most of us have some degree of a double chin.
If you want to feel better, don’t call it a double chin. Call it submental fullness, the clinical term for a double chin.
Considering the prevalence of double chins, it’s a little surprising that more focus hasn’t been placed on remedies. The only way to address a double chin has been surgery — a facelift or neck lift, sometimes including liposuction.
But that all changed in April 2015 when the FDA approved Kybella® for the treatment of double chins. 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, commonly known as a double chin.
Dr. Ferraro was one of the first plastic surgeons to use Kybella® in Bergen County and has now amassed extensive experience with reducing double chins with Kybella®.
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Causes Of A Popular Condition
Like the neck below it, the chin is particularly at the mercy of the power of gravity and the effects of aging. There are a variety of factors at work when a person develops a double chin: gravity, intrinsic aging caused by decreasing collagen, genetics (some people simply have looser skin below their jawline), and weight gain. Together, they add up to drooping skin under the chin. And, because it is really the only place on the body that faces downward at all times, there’s no underlying bone or muscle support to hide the sagging.
Double chins are not rare. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in 2015 asking participants about double chins. A whopping 67% of the people replied that they were bothered by their double chin — that’s two out of every three people — and they said their double chin bothered them just as much as their wrinkles and other signs of aging. Sound like there’s a market for a solution?
Kybella® Helps Reduce Fat
Kybella® is that solution. The concept seems so obvious. Kybella® is basically deoxycholic acid. This is important because deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body and its job is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Deoxycholic acid doesn’t make a distinction between dietary fat or other fat living in pockets, so why not simply take some of that deoxycholic acid and inject it into the unwanted fat? When Kybella® is injected into the fat beneath the chin, it can reduce fat cells. Brilliant!*
The obvious question is: Why not use Kybella® in all the areas where unwanted pockets of fat exist, areas such as the thighs and lower abdomen? At this point, the FDA has approved Kybella® for use only under the chin. It works best on small areas, and research is under way on using Kybella for lipomas and eye bags.
Will I Need More Than One Kybella® Treatment?
Dr. Ferraro customizes every Kybella® treatment based on patient need. Each treatment involves a series of injections with a very small needle. Most patients need only two to four treatments, while others require six. The variables are the amount of fat stored under your chin and your desired final profile.
Like Botox, a Kybella® injection session takes 30 minutes or less. Subsequent treatments are spaced four weeks apart.
*Weight loss results may vary based on individual user.