It's a very common curse, the "double chin" and is a condition that can be caused by the natural aging process, weight fluctuation, genetics, or other factors. Even if you are at a healthy weight, you can still be at risk. Plastic surgeon, Dr. James E. Vogel, in the Baltimore area, says surgical procedures such as liposuction used to be the most effective remedy for a double chin; however, he notes, a new treatment called Kybella offers a non-surgical alternative.
Kybella is an injectable that has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce what's called submental fullness (excess fat under the chin). It is the first non-surgical treatment of its kind to gain FDA approval for this condition. Composed of deoxycholic acid -- a molecule that is naturally-occurring in the human body and which helps to break down dietary fat -- Kybella is injected into targeted areas under the chin. The solution is essentially designed to utilize the deoxycholic acid molecule to help destroy excess fat cells. Once the fat cells have broken down, they should be filtered out of the body through its own natural processes.
This non-surgical alternative to liposuction can be performed as a quick, in-office procedure. Usually the procedures should take no more than 30 minutes to complete with little to no recovery time. In addition no anesthesia is needed except a topical numbing solution. Final results can often be achieved in just two to four treatments and the effects may be permanent.
Dr. Vogel says those who are primarily affected by loose skin rather than fat under the chin may not be candidates for the procedure; however, an alternative can be recommended in those cases.