DOUBLE CHIN TREATMENTS

Who wants a double chin? Many patients say the excess fat under their chin, or submental fat, is resistant to diet and exercise. Whether caused by heredity aging or weight gain, submental fat has traditionally been treated with a facelift or liposuction. Now there’s a non-surgical approach that takes only minutes per treatment. Approved by the FDA in June 2015, Kybella™ (also sold as Belkyra™) is the first and only non-surgical injectable solution for submental fat, or more commonly referred to as a double chin.

A synthesized bile acid, Kybella™ is also made naturally within the body as an aid in digestion. In double chin treatment, it gently breaks down unwanted localized fat over time.

At The Sharma Skin and Hair Surgery, Dr. Anil Sharma administers Kybella™ in the office with little needle shots, similar to medical shots. If desired, the skin or entire area can be numbed with local anesthesia. Each treatment takes about five minutes; most patients need two to four treatments, which might be spaced eight weeks apart. The effect is long-lasting and re-treatment is not usually necessary, although in some cases weight gain and future aging result in new submental fat.

Following treatment, you may notice swelling and minor discomfort. Most patients do not require pain pills for the distress, which can usually be controlled with medicines such as Advil. The swelling is usually mild to moderate, but any patient undergoing this treatment for the very first time should schedule it at a time that allows a few days for healing, especially if swelling or bruising will keep them from going to work.

Kybella™ cannot be used to treat excess skin or extreme fat deposits on the whole neck. To find out whether you are an appropriate candidate, contact Sharma Skin and Hair Surgery.


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What is submental adipose or double chin?

A double chin is unwanted fat under the chin. Medically known as submental adipose, this fat forms a convex distension that may even look like a triple chin. Often double chins are unrelated to weight and lifestyle. Edmonton patients frequently describe their double chins as hereditary and report that their submental fat is very hard to lose. Even when generalized fat groups shrink due to systemic weight loss, the double chin or triple chin may remain. A double chin often makes one look older. It distorts the patient’s natural jaw line, a sign of youth and masculinity in men.

Belkyra™ or Kybella™?

Like Juvederm®, Belkyra™ and Kybella™ are aesthetic injectables. Approved by FDA and Health Canada, they are liquids that can safely be injected under the skin to reduce and possibly eliminate fat under the chin. Both substances contain deoxycholic acid, which is naturally produced as a secondary bile salt. This acid disrupts the cell wall of the fat or adipose cell, causing the cell to burst. This process is called apoptosis. The fat molecules contained inside the cells are then removed by the body’s natural inflammatory response. The by-products are processed by the liver or kidney and eliminated through feces or urine.

Double chin FAQ

What side effects should I expect?

These injectables cause no increased danger of cardiovascular disease, as the quantity of fat cells broken down is modest. Dr. Sharma counsels his patients to expect mild to moderate bruising, swelling and discomfort. Some patients also experience a touch of burning.

Is there any particular post-treatment care after Belkyra injectable?

Achieving the double chin reduction you desire may take two to several injections, normally performed six to 12 weeks apart. After each injection, predictable amounts of fat cells exposed to the compound are dissolved and then metabolized normally by the human body, decreasing the size of a double chin. Modest quantities of submental fat can be removed in several shots. Substantial amounts of subcutaneous fat, double, triple or quadruple chins may require several procedures, or these patients may benefit from tumescent liposuction.

How long does it take for the Belkyra Injectable to work?

Achieving the double chin reduction you desire may take two to several injections, normally performed six to 12 weeks apart. After each injection, predictable amounts of fat cells exposed to the compound are dissolved and then metabolized normally by the human body, decreasing the size of a double chin. Modest quantities of submental fat can be removed in several shots. Substantial amounts of subcutaneous fat, double, triple or quadruple chins may require several procedures – or these patients may benefit from tumescent liposuction.

Does Belkyra Injectable work on skin that is loose?

Patients who also have an appreciable degree of lax skin will frequently combine Kybella injectables with skin tightening processes such as Venus Legacy. This well-known energy device can tighten skin non-invasively once the fat has been reduced.

 

THE 6 MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO GET RID OF A DOUBLE CHIN

How to get rid of a double chin
Most people can deal with a little weight here and there, but one place where it is not often welcome is on the chin. Excess weight under the chin, or a ‘double chin’, is despised by many, and it can affect your self-image and self-confidence.

The biggest reason people get them in the first place is due to weight gain. However, excess weight is not the sole cause of a double chin. Aging can sometimes also be the cause. Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity, causing it to sag around the neck and chin, a process that begins around age 20. Factors like sun exposure, smoking and poor diet can also intensify the process.


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How to get rid of a double chin

Luckily, there are a variety of ways to get rid of this stubborn area of fat:

Exercise

The first and most basic way to remove your double chin is through exercise as when you lose weight, you are likely to lose some from under the chin. Furthermore, there are specific exercises that target the chin such as ‘head lifts’ and the ‘pigeon’. If exercise hasn’t worked in the past though, we have some other methods.

Chin Augmentation

This process uses implants into the chin in order to structure the shape of the face in a different way; for example, after adding the material under the chin it can add balance to the features. There are a number of different sizes and shapes of implant and this procedure is actually one of the fastest growing in cosmetic surgery.

Liposuction

This procedure sees a small incision made under the neck and the offending fat being removed; this is perhaps one of the most popular and well-known treatments of them all. The aim is to create a defined jawline which is achieved by removing fat from the lower jaw and under the chin. If you do not want to go under the knife, there are non-surgical options coming up.

SmartLipo

Although it uses the same name, it is very different to liposuction at its core because instead of suctioning the fat out it attempts to melt the fat using lasers. The procedure uses a double effect because on the one hand it melts the fat away and on the other, it tightens the skin leaving a more defined face. A small scar is left behind but the incision used is only around one-millimetre in length.

Kybella

This is the first of the two non-surgical options we have for you and it involves a small injection into the skin. A carefully positioned injection goes into your upper neck and it contains a molecule whose job it is to eat the fat away. Kybella is especially designed for the chin area and as mentioned, the injection has to be carefully placed because it has to eat away the fat whilst leaving other cells untouched and healthy.

Ultherapy

This method is not recommended for extreme cases but is non-surgical so is preferred by many for small amounts of work. The treatment involves tightening and improving collagen over a period of around three months through a well-known technique called ultrasound. As mentioned, this isn’t as effective on larger cases as many of the other options but is good if you just need a small change.

Discuss Your Double Chin Treatment Options Today
Dr. Sharma offers several effective ways to help get rid of your double chin. Please arrange an appointment today for a personal consultation. You will be able to speak with Dr. Sharma, who will evaluate your submental region and help you get started with the process.


Contact Us For A Double Chin Treatment Evaluation
Dr. Anil Sharma MD
Sharma Skin & Hair Surgery Clinic – Edmonton
Double Chin Questions? Contact Dr. Sharma 
780-476-7970
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