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Many people have an accumulation of fat cells just below their chin. This problem is not-so-affectionately referred to as a double-chin. A double-chin should not be mistaken for “turkey neck.” The latter is related to skin looseness, whereas submental fullness, aka double-chin, is strictly a fat problem. And this is precisely why it is so frustrating.

If you’ve got excessive fat tissue beneath your jawline, you know that this one tiny area creates the illusion of overall weight. You also know that the fat that resides below your chin doesn’t respond much at all to your diet and exercise habits, but there is a solution. We are proud to now offer Kybella in our Westport dermatology office for men and women looking for a proven strategy against submental fullness.

What Kybella is and What It Does

Kybella may have been one of the most anticipated injectable products to emerge in the last few years. It is formulated with deoxycholic acid, a substance that exists in the body for fat processing. When we absorb dietary fat from foods, it is deoxycholic acid that naturally breaks it down so it can be used or eliminated. In clinical studies, the localized introduction of deoxycholic acid resulted in fat-cell targeting that subsequently led to the destruction of those cells. Genius!

The way that Kybella works is by disrupting the cellular matrix around fat cells. Over time, this disruption causes the cells to atrophy. This allows for absorption. The process takes time, and multiple treatments are required. However, because there is no downtime and no surgery involved, the need for two or three rounds of treatment does not deter most people from obtaining Kybella.

Important Details You Need to Know

It is important to know what to expect during and after any cosmetic treatment, even injectables. One of the points of interest about Kybella is that most patients look and feel noticeably swollen for a few days after treatment. This is because a fair amount of liquid solution is introduced into the submental tissue. Swelling does not usually feel uncomfortable, and it can be disguised under a scarf or higher-necked collar. In addition to swelling, some patients feel mildly tender in the chin and neck area for a day or two. Finally, and possibly the most valuable point of interest, the results that are achieved with Kybella are permanent. Fat cells that are destroyed do not come back.  By maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, most patients can enjoy a more sculpted jawline for several years.

Would you like to see what Kybella can do for you? Call our Westport office at (203) 226-3600.

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