A double chin can be a major aesthetic annoyance. The problem, due to what is known as submental fat, may not be easily solved by traditional fat-reduction methods like dieting and exercise. Many people work to lose weight but find that fat remains in specific areas.
This is why Dr. Peter Damico offers Kybella® at his Texas practice. The injectable cosmetic can eliminate submental fat, reducing a double chin without any surgery or significant down time.
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Fat cells can grow and shrink depending on various lifestyle choices, but they are not eliminated by weight-loss efforts. If numerous fat cells accumulate in a particular area, such as at the neck below the chin, they will remain there, even if they get smaller. This pocket of cells may be referred to as stubborn fat, which can create the look of a double chin.
Since the only way to treat diet- and exercise-resistant fat may be to remove the cells themselves, liposuction has been a method frequently chosen by patients looking to address their double chin. The surgery effectively physically eliminates fat from the body but carries with it the associated risks and recuperation demands.
A newer option, known as Kybella®, is ideal for patients in Texas and the rest of the country who want to reduce their double chin but avoid a surgical procedure.
Rather than removing unwanted fat cells by suctioning them out, Kybella® destroys the cells internally, releasing the fat to be safely processed by the body.
Its active ingredient is a form of naturally occurring deoxycholic acid, which helps to break down dietary fat. Once injected, Kybella® ruptures fat cells in the targeted area. Since they can no longer hold fat, these cells are not able to grow larger again and are eliminated.
Currently, the FDA has approved Kybella® only for the treatment of double chins.
Dr. Peter Damico has undergone training specifically for using this injectable to treat double chins. One session may include up to 50 injections, but should only take a matter of minutes.
Depending on a variety of factors, including the amount of submental fat to be reduced, you may need to come in for two to four sessions, each spaced about a month apart. Some patients find that six sessions give them their ideal chin profile.
In the weeks and months after your initial treatment session, you will begin to notice a reduction in submental fat.
Dr. Peter Damico offers much more than this double chin treatment at Skin Care Fort Worth.
Some patients find a new, more defined profile to be rejuvenating and seek to bring a more youthful shape to the rest of their face as well. Juvéderm®, Voluma®, and Radiesse® represent a family of minimally invasive cosmetics known as fillers, used to fill in wrinkles, return volume to areas of the face where it's been lost, and plump lips.