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Double chin got you down? Kybella may be the answer! *VIDEO*

For many people, the small area beneath the chin can cause big headaches. In fact, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67 percent of people say that under-the-chin fullness, or double chin, bothers them. The submental region under the chin often contains fat that can obscure a nice jawline and even give the appearance of “chubbiness.” Luckily, there is a relatively new non-surgical treatment used for this specific area on adults older than age 18. 

Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) is a recently Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment that doctors inject similarly to Botox® by using tiny needles in the comfort of the office for as little as 15 minutes. Kybella is composed of a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. This destruction and absorption of fat in the submental area leads to improvement in contour. 

During the initial consultation, Dr. Lefkowitz will assess you for the amount of fat in this region and determine whether Kybella is right for you. Generally, two to four treatments spaced approximately six to eight weeks apart will provide optimal results. There is no downtime after a Kybella injection, and patients tolerate these injections well. 

You may be asking, “What should I expect after my Kybella treatment?” Some swelling and minor bruising in the submental area, along with numbness, is normal and expected. Some hardness in this area is also common due to the natural inflammatory reaction. We will schedule your second session when the numbness in this area fades away. 

Please feel free to contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation.




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