Doubles Are for Diamondbacks, Not Your Chin

  • Posted on: Apr 15 2018
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Kybella Gilbert, AZThis time of year, when you think of the word double, you picture one of the Diamondbacks ripping one down the line and stretching it into a stand-up double. Unfortunately, most of us also associate “double” with the area under our jaw — the dreaded double chin.

We like to think it’s other people like Chris Christie or Jobba the Hut who have the double chins. In reality, most of us have some business going on under the chin as we age.

If you think the double chin is a little harsh, go ahead and call it submental fullness. That’s the clinical term.

Little could be done about double chins, short of a facelift or neck lift. Now that has changed with Kybella®, a prescription medicine available from Infinity Health & Wellness. 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.

You’re not alone with your sagging profile

Don’t think you’re alone with your double chin. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery surveyed in 2015 and found that 67% of people said they’re bothered by a double chin. And people in the survey were equally bugged by their double chin as they were about wrinkles and other signs of aging.

There are a variety of factors that play a part in the development of a double chin: 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.

Kybella® to the rescue

In April of 2016, the FDA approved Kybella®, the only injectable treatment to improve the appearance and profile of a double chin.

The basis of Kybella® is 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 shouldn’t return!

Multiple treatments yield the best results

At Infinity Health & Wellness, we customize our Kybella® treatments for every patient. Some patients see the results they want after two to four treatments; others require six (six is the maximum allowable by the FDA approval). 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.

Doubles are for the diamond, not your chin. Call us at Infinity Health & Wellness, (480) 427-4305, and ask us about Kybella®.

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