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Submental fullness.

That’s a clinical term for an all too common, and depressing, condition — the double chin.

Submental fullness is one of those things we all like to think we don’t have (that has to be a problem for those people over in Maryland, not us Virginians!), but most of us have at least some junk under our chins. In the past, nothing short of a neck lift or liposuction could address a double chin, but a new prescription injection called Kybella® has changed that. Kybella® improves the profile of people with moderate to severe double chins.

We offer Kybella® at Rejuvenate MD.

What’s Up With The Double Chins?

Growing older and having at least some degree of a double chin pretty much go together. This is surely true if you’ve also gained some weight. The unending downward pull of gravity, along with loosening of the skin, creates a perfect condition for the skin to hang down and collect fat. The result is drooping skin and a lack of definition in your profile.

But you’re not alone. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in 2015 on double chins. The results showed that 67% of people were “bothered by their double chin.” And they said their double chin bothered them just as much as wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Kybella® To The Rescue

Kybella® is basically made of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body; its job is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. See where this is going? To deoxycholic acid fat is fat, meaning it doesn’t differentiate between dietary fat and other fat that can be found in pockets under your chin. When Kybella® is injected into the fat beneath the chin, it destroys the fat cells. And it destroys them permanently, removing the storage mechanism to accumulate fat in the area. That means your double chin is gone for good, as long as you don’t put on a good deal of weight in the future.

At Rejuvenate MD, we’ve had Kybella® patients ask if it can be used elsewhere to erase pockets of unwanted fat, say the abdomen or the upper thighs. Alas, thus far the FDA has approved Kybella® only for use on double chins. Research is progressing on other potential areas, however.

How Does A Kybella® Session At Rejuvenate MD Go?

A Kybella® session with us at Rejuvenate MD lasts less than 30 minutes. We first apply some topical numbing cream to the area under your chin. Then we inject Kybella® directly into the area with a series of injections with a very small needle. A series of Kybella® treatments is usually necessary for patients to regain the tighter profile they seek. The FDA has approved up to six treatments, but how many you feel you need is unique to you.

Tired of that double chin? Call us at Rejuvenate MD, (804) 270-5920, and ask us about Kybella®.