Have you caught the appearance of a double chin in photos of yourself and wondered how it got there, and more importantly, how you can get rid of it? Many people assume that a double chin is caused by weight gain and that a strict diet is the only way to make it disappear. In fact, double chins can impact adults who aren’t overweight, and a loss of pounds won’t always reshape the chin. Dr. Tatiana Khrom of Khrom Dermatology & Aesthetics in Brooklyn has helped many patients remove their double chin with the targeted Kybella double chin removal treatment. Here, Dr. Khrom answers some of the most common questions about Kybella.
Q. Why do I have a double chin?
A. The appearance of a double chin, or fullness under the chin, is caused by an excess of fat gathering under the chin. This submental fat can be caused by weight gain. It can also be caused by genetics and aging. Unfortunately, it can be hard to treat with weight management, and creams or lotions that promise to tighten the skin often leave patients disappointed with the results.
Q. How can I treat my double chin?
A. Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment that uses an injectable medication that helps the body break down and absorb fat cells. Once these cells are destroyed, they can’t store or accumulate fat. The chin area will begin to appear less full, and patients are thrilled to have an improved profile.
Q. How does Kybella treatment work?
A. Kybella is a professional treatment and requires a trained physician. Each patient will receive a customized treatment plan based on his or her own chin profile. The treatment will likely require several injections and several treatment sessions; however, the exact plan will be determined during your consultation.
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Q. Does Kybella hurt?
A. Most patients only report mild discomfort during and for a short time following the treatment. Additionally, patients may notice some swelling or bruising, which can be treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever. After a few days, the discomfort should go away; however, the chin area will continue to tighten for several weeks.