Your Double Chin May Be Genetic, but Now You Can Get Rid of It Without Surgery

Kybella, Double Chin, Genetic, SkinMD

The holidays are a great time for families to gather and reminisce about the good times of days gone by. Someone usually brings out the old family albums, and you peruse the photos, looking for family connections and shared traits that span the generations. Then you spot it. Somewhere among the pictures of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great grands, your own face is looking right back at you -- sporting the ancestral double chin.

Sure, you’re grateful for all the wonderful traits you’ve inherited. They help you feel a connection and a bond. But you could’ve done without the double chin. For years you’ve tried to hide it in family pictures, and you’ve suffered a lack of self-confidence because of it, for the better part of your adult life. But now there’s an easy way to get rid of it.

Here at SkinMD, Dr. Samuel Pruden and his team offer the ideal safe and effective way to get rid of your double chin. An injectable treatment called KybellaⓇ can treat your chin fat, and is just one of the many aesthetic and dermatological procedures Dr. Pruden provides.

The cause of your double chin

A double chin is caused by an extra layer of fat that develops in the submental area below the chin. It’s not always a sign of weight gain or age, although both can make it more pronounced.

One of the biggest reasons for your double chin is likely genetics. Take a look through that family photo album and see how many of your relatives -- thin or not-so-thin, young and old -- are sporting a pocket of fat below their chins. Others may have a somewhat saggy and loose appearance in their chin and neck. This can also be hereditary and add to the appearance of a double chin.

Sometimes weight loss can lessen your multi-chin appearance, but you may never truly lose your double chin. As you get older, age will make that pocket below your chin all the more prominent. Your skin loses its elasticity due to the slowdown in collagen and elastin production, making your neck and chin appear saggy and loose.

Say goodbye to your double chin the safe and easy way

Until recently there wasn’t much you could do about a double chin, unless you wanted to go under the knife, which could be painful and risky. Enter Kybella, which received FDA approval in 2015. Finally, an easy and proven way to get rid of your double chin once and for all.

Kybella is an injectable containing a naturally occurring substance called deoxycholic acid. Your body makes deoxycholic acid as a means for processing fat. When it’s injected into the area of fat that makes your double chin, it works to dissolve the fat. The fat cells within your double chin die, and your body gets rid of the dead cells naturally.

What to expect

Typically, getting rid of your double chin completely with Kybella may take up to six months, with some patients needing six treatments, spaced a month apart. Each patient is different, and Dr. Pruden tailors the treatment just for you, but there may be 20 or more injections per treatment. You can expect some bruising, swelling, numbness, discomfort, and redness, which will go away within a few days to a week.

Because Kybella is nonsurgical, there really is no downtime. You can expect to resume your normal activities following treatment, however Dr. Pruden may recommend that you avoid any strenuous activity for 24 hours. It may take some time to see your complete results as fat cells continue to break down gradually after your Kybella treatment.


Are you finally ready to say goodbye to your double chin, and see a slimmer profile in the mirror? Kybella can help. At SkinMD we want you to be your best, most confident self, no matter your genetics. Please contact our office in Lexington, Kentucky, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pruden today.

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