Since we’re almost to the opening of a new baseball season, the thought of baseballs mashed into the gaps between the outfielders at Fenway Park could be what comes to mind when someone says “double.”
But if you thought of your double chin, it may be time to give Spa Vitoria a call.
The clinical term for a double chin is “submental fullness.” Considering how prevalent they are, it’s kind of interesting that the aesthetic industry has paid so little attention to this area of the body. Short of surgery — a facelift or neck lift — there’s been little else you could do to get rid of a double chin.
Now that has changed with Kybella®, 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 in good company
If your profile has some sagging under your chin, you’re not alone. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in 2015 and found that 67% of people said they’re bothered by a double chin. If you weren’t a math major, that’s two-thirds of the country! And people in the survey were equally bugged by their double chin as they were about wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Aging and sagging skin go together like Trump and Twitter. There are a variety of factors that play a part: 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. Add some fat pockets, and the drooping is now a full-blown double chin. Calling Orson Welles in Citizen Kane.
Kybella® takes out the fat
Up until April 2015, if you had a double chin your options were pretty much surgery…or surgery. Then 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
We customize our Kybella® treatments for every patient. Some patients see the results they want after two to four treatments; others require six. 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.
Kybella® has no side effects and requires no recovery time. As with any injection, there can be some swelling at the injection sites, but that passes quickly.
Because Kybella® destroys the fat cells, results are permanent. However, if you gain weight, submental fat can return.
Doubles are for the Red Sox, not your chin. Call either our Salt Lake City or Park City Spa Vitoria offices and ask us about Kybella®.