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The Perils of a Double Chin


As many of us know all too well, a double chin has a way of lingering and hindering our appearance. According to a 2014 study put out by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 68 percent of the 8,315 individuals polled were unhappy with excess fat under the chin and neck. At Visage Surgical Institute, we understand the frustration that comes with a fuller jaw line. A double chin plagues many of our patients. Transcending common factors—our patients are often left wondering, ‘just what does cause a double chin?’.

What Causes a Double Chin?

There are three main factors that lead to submental fullness, the medical term for a double chin: genetics, age, and weight gain.

Genetics: Unfortunately, you may be genetically predisposed to having a double chin. Just as genetics play a large part in the chin’s structural formation, the tendency to accumulate and hold submental fat is also largely determined by your gene pool.

Age: Most would agree that age does little for our bodies. The chin is no exception. With age, the chin softens, often appearing saggy and droopy. Common age related factors are:

  • Decrease in muscle tone
  • Skin becomes thin and wan
  • Collagen breaks down and natural elasticity is lost

Weight Gain: We all have so called ‘trouble spots’. For many, stubborn fat amasses under the chin and in the neck area, creating a double chin. Immune to diet and exercise, stubborn fat is hard to target—especially as there is no real workout for the neck. Although weight loss may help to improve the appearance of a double chin, it is often not enough to fully remedy a double chin.

Kybella: A New Solution

Thankfully, there is a new and exciting treatment targeting excess submental fat—Kybella. Released just this summer, Kybella is a non-invasive injectable treatment that helps reduce the appearance of a double chin. A formulation of deoxycholic acid—Kybella targets and destroys fat cells. Once destroyed, the treated cells cannot store or accumulate fat, giving you a shapely and defined jaw line.

With a high success rate, Kybella looks to be a promising and effective treatment. Post-injection, almost 70% of study participants saw a noticeable difference. Of those, 79% of the participants reported being satisfied with the treatment and corresponding appearance of a contoured chin.

Kybella at Visage Surgical Institute

Are you ready to say goodbye to your double chin? To learn more about his exciting new treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Quereshy today!




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