Tired of Dealing with a Double Chin? Kybella May Be Your Solution

Does it seem like no matter how much you manage your diet and exercise, you can’t seem to make your double chin disappear? Does it seem like your face shape is changing as you age, and does it make you appear like you’re out of shape even if you aren’t?

Well, that’s because you don’t need to be overweight to develop some excess fatty tissue under your chin — it’s actually a condition called submental fullness and it can happen to anyone.

About submental fullness

In a 2017 study conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, more than two-thirds of people surveyed were bothered by excessive fullness under the chin. Excess fatty deposits in this area can be caused by gaining weight, but it can also occur as part of the natural aging process. In some people, it’s just always been there because of genetics, even if weight isn’t an issue. Whatever the reason behind your double chin, the excess fat there can cause you to be dissatisfied with your appearance — but something can be done about it.

Until recently the only option for reducing this fullness was liposuction. Treatment with liposuction is relatively invasive and can result in pain and downtime, as well as the risk of infection and bleeding.

The great news for men and women in and around Lexington, Kentucky, is that Dr. Samuel J. Pruden of SkinMD is able to offer a noninvasive, FDA-approved treatment called Kybella® to reduce your double chin without having to step into an operating room.

How Kybella works

During your visit to the SkinMD office, Dr. Pruden helps you achieve the facial profile you’ve always wanted by injecting a synthetic form of a substance called deoxycholic acid (DA) under the chin. Your body makes deoxycholic acid itself, so it’s totally safe, which is why Kybella is the first FDA-approved drug for the reduction of submental fullness.

The lowdown on deoxycholic acid

DA is produced by the body to help us absorb fats, and so it works to melt away fat under the chin by breaking down the membrane of the fat cell so that it can be absorbed and metabolized by your body.

Following the trend of treating cosmetic issues with less risky, noninvasive treatments, DA can transform your jawline without needing to put yourself through the dangers of anesthesia or the pain of recovering from occasionally brutal liposuction.

Kybella targets fat cells, and only fat cells

Kybella won’t tackle loose skin known as “turkey neck” and it works best on patients with good skin tone and texture. Kybella can only target and dissolve the fat cells that accumulate in the pouch under the chin; any excess skin or drooping skin remains.

With no downtime required, treatment with Kybella can be a cost- and time-efficient way to discover the facial contours you're missing or have always wanted. When compared with liposuction, the risks and side effects of Kybella to treat your double chin are markedly less significant.

After the procedure, you can expect some short-lived side effects, including redness, swelling, pain, numbness, and areas of hardness at the treatment site. Side effects should be relatively minimal but you can contact Dr. Pruden if you have any concerns.

Most patients undergo a course of six treatments, but some see results after the first treatment. You’re likely to see moderate improvements within four treatments, according to results from clinical trials.


If you’re troubled by excess fullness under your chin and would like to avoid surgery and achieve results with Kybella, call SkinMD to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pruden. Take the first step today toward your new, sleeker facial profile.

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