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Non-surgical methods to Reduce a Double Chin/Invited Blog Post by Dr. Ben Behnam

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 02:38 -- admin

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Many people find having a double chin—fat accumulation under the jaw—to be unattractive. It is therefore something they would like to get rid of. Unfortunately, most of the methods that are touted to be the solution to this are generally ineffective. It may be hard to target and eliminate the fat in the double chin through normal weight loss, particularly if has been there for most of your life. People often find that the double chin remains even after substantial weight loss in other areas. It is therefore important for you to find alternate ways how to get rid of a double chin. Here are three of the best options.

How to get rid of a double chin using the Kybella method

The fat that accumulates under the chin, called submental fat, can be removed through surgery. However, many people are reluctant to undergo invasive surgery, unless it is totally unavoidable. This is where Kybella comes in. It is a non-invasive technique that uses an injection to destroy fat cells in the chin. It is used to treat a moderate to severe accumulation of submental fat.

How Kybella works

Kybella is synthetically manufactured using deoxycholic acid, a natural compound produced in the body’s stomach that assists in the digestion of fat. In Kybella form, the acid causes cells to be destroyed when they absorb too much water, which is why it is called a cytolytic agent. The cell fragments are then absorbed into the body’s natural digestive process, together with the deoxycholic acid. Eventually, these cell fragments are excreted by the body.

Scientific research has shown that Kybella causes significant reduction in levels of fat. Yet more studies are needed to conclusively prove its efficacy. However, it has been approved by the FDA as a safe method of eliminating a double chin. This property of deoxycholic acid may be useful in other areas of the body, but is strongly warned against using, due to lack of research.
Kybella may be injected around 50 times per treatment. No more than six treatment sessions should be needed, with one-month gaps in between. Each treatment aims to break up as much fat as possible.

Side Effects of Kybella

Deoxycholic acid may be effective at destroying cells that form the double chin but it can also be harmful. Improper injections can cause serious side effects, like injuring the nerves in the jaw. Such an injury would result in weakening of the facial muscles and possibly an unbalanced smile. That nerve damage may also cause you to experience problems when swallowing. Kybella injections might also make your facial muscles numb and hard to the touch. Other, less serious side effects of these injections include pain, redness, and swelling.

Due to the potential dangers of using Kybella, you need to select your practitioner wisely, especially since there is no training or certification required for a doctor to inject Kybella. Ensure that the doctor is at least certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. An ever better option is a doctor certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery; their training specializes in these kinds of cosmetic treatments. You can also try and get reviews from other patients who have been treated by the doctor.

Using the CoolSculpting method and how it works

Another way of reducing submental fat without undergoing invasive surgery is CoolSculpting. This technique uses what is called cryolipolysis, where fat cells are eliminated by freezing them. Cryolipolysis-based methods like the CoolSculpting treatment only concentrate on fat cells, leaving the surrounding cells undamaged. This is because fat cells, unlike other cells, are much more vulnerable to cold. Freezing the cells kills them, and then they are processed and excreted naturally by the body.

CoolSculpting, unlike Kybella, can be done on most areas of the body-starting from the chin downwards. The method was approved by the FDA as a treatment for double chin in 2015, and one is required to use a mini applicator. To get the required outcome, you may need to undergo the procedure a minimum of two times. Even so, a lot of people are able to feel the difference after just one treatment.

Side effects of CoolSculpting

Just like any other medical procedure, CoolSculpting may potentially have some harmful side effects. Common side effects that may be observed immediately after treatment include numbness, swelling and reddening, mild pain and bruising. However these are temporary and will go away after several hours.

There are other temporary symptoms such as itching, tenderness, cramping and tingling that may last for three to five days. Pain and numbness are the most common CoolSculpting side effects.

Other temporary side effects can last for a couple of weeks. Still, these side effects are temporary and will usually go away on their own. You should talk to your doctor about your symptoms if you are still experiencing side effects when your next CoolSculpting appointment is due.

Additional considerations

CoolSculpting has a great safety record, with over two million successful treatments. It has also undergone extensive peer-reviews in 60 science journals. The method reduces fat without making the skin to sag. Since it proceeds slowly as the fat is being processed by the body, this gives the skin some time to contract. However, the skin of an older person does not contract as the fat is being processed because the elasticity of their skins has reduced with age.

CoolSculpting results in fewer side effects when getting rid of your double chin. Nonetheless the outcome is heavily determined by the doctor you use. Any properly licensed doctor can buy the CoolSculpting machine, but they may not use it very effectively. You need to ensure that you choose a doctor who has the necessary experience for the procedure.

Plastic Surgery for a Double Chin
When all is said and done, surgery is the most reliable and straightforward way of reducing the appearance of a double chin. Unlike Kybella and CoolSculpting, a necklift is able to treat more than excessive fat. A necklift can also take care of excess/sagging skin and muscle bands.
Candidates include anyone who is in good health, non-smokers only, and those with realistic expectations about the procedure. None of the aforementioned treatments can work miracles; they won’t stop the aging process.
The treatment doesn’t physically remove any fat. Instead, it tightens the skin under and around the jaw to create a firmer, slimmer appearance.

Side Effects of a Necklift
Like any surgery, there are a number of possible side effects. Many are mild and temporary, like swelling, redness, and discomfort. Other side effects are a result of anesthesia, which is something else to consider when undergoing this surgery. There are risks of more serious side effects and complications, which you should discuss with your surgeon before having the procedure done.

Choosing the best option

In conclusion, both Kybella and CoolSculpting are effective non-invasive ways to get rid of submental fat. Surgery can also achieve the same effects, and also treats a double chin caused by excess/loose skin. The necklift can also minimize an uneven appearance caused by neck bands. Consider each option carefully, based on your desired outcome, quality of doctor, treatment side effects, and cost.