Nearly 70 percent of American adults have submental fullness (more commonly known as a double chin). A double chin is caused by a layer of fat that gathers beneath the mandible. When skin in this area loses elasticity with age, the fat appears more pronounced. It is important to note that a double chin can develop on anyone, not just people who are overweight. Fortunately, there are options available to improve the appearance of a double chin.
Chin (also called submental) liposuction involves removing the fatty deposits from the area under your chin using a cannula and a suction device. There are some risks involved, including infection, numbness, and scarring. If too much fat is removed during liposuction, it may result in lumpiness or dents in the skin.
Kybella® in Catonsville, MD, is a non-surgical option for addressing a double chin. Kybella® is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that has been FDA-approved to contour submental fullness. When injected into the fatty area beneath the chin, Kybella® causes the rapid deterioration and absorption of fat cells. The destroyed fat is then removed by the body’s natural metabolic processes. Unlike liposuction, Kybella® also prevents fat cells from accumulating in the same area in the future.