Kybella® in Charleston, SC

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Get Rid of Your Double Chin

You may not have heard the term "submental fullness", but you know what it is: a double chin. Nobody wants that pocket of fat that creates a roll at your neck, especially when you look downward. While diet and exercise can reduce unwanted fat throughout your body, this particular bulge can be particularly resistant to your best efforts to remove it through traditional methods. You may need help from Kybella®. Charleston, SC, area patients can find this injectable at Germain Dermatology.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marguerite Germain personally administers each Kybella® treatment at her practice, ensuring that every patient who wants to reduce submental fullness benefits directly from her training, experience, and artistic eye. Her professional approach is focused on consistent results delivered with safety in mind.

Schedule a consultation online or call Germain Dermatology at (843) 881–4440 to learn more about opportunities for Kybella® in the Charleston, SC, area.

What Is Kybella®?

Kybella® is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for submental fat (that's fat beneath the chin) in adults. Its active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring chemical that helps the body break down and absorb dietary fat. As a prescription cosmetic, it has been studied extensively and found to be a safe, effective way to get rid of an unwanted double chin.

Currently, Kybella® is approved only for use on submental fullness.

How Does Kybella® Work?

The deoxycholic acid in Kybella® physically destroys fat cells in the treatment area, releasing the fat to be eliminated naturally from the body and ensuring that the cells can no longer contribute to your double chin. Over a span of several weeks, you will notice your submental fullness receding. The fat that leaves that area is gone forever.


What Are the Details of a Kybella® Treatment in Charleston, SC?

A single Kybella® treatment session at Germain Dermatology may include up to 30 injections in the submental area, but can be completed in less than half an hour. Dr. Germain will efficiently and safely administer the injections, numbing the area to minimize discomfort, and the Kybella® will begin working immediately. Typically, patients start to see the results they are expecting after two to four treatment sessions, each spaced about two months apart.

Since the fat cells are physically destroyed, there will be fewer cells in the submental area, and your double chin will appear to melt away. Research shows that this effect is considered to be permanent, so you can enjoy your newly defined facial contours for years to come following your Kybella® sessions.

Does Kybella® Have Side Effects?

Patients who experience side effects after receiving Kybella® find that they are consistent with what can happen after receiving any injection. Typically, this means minor and temporary swelling, discomfort, redness, and bruising at the injection site. Other side effects are possible, and Dr. Germain can discuss all of this with you, as well as answer any questions you may have about Kybella® and your double chin, at your consultation.

Dr. Marguerite Germain, M.D.
"Voted Charleston's Best Dermatologist consecutively for 12 years."

Why Is Submental Fullness Difficult to Eliminate Without Kybella®?

The number of fat cells in your body tends to stay steady from your teen years on, but their size can fluctuate as you gain or lose weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise can cause large fat cells to shrink down, but once small, they can easily grow again under the right circumstances.

Sometimes, even your best efforts will not make an impact on a particular area. So-called stubborn fat may stick with you through restrictive eating plans and intense workouts alike, due to a combination of genetics, age, and other factors. Your only option for getting rid of this fat is the physical removal of the problem fat cells, which is what Kybella® accomplishes.

A survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery revealed that 67 percent of the people polled expressed that they were bothered by their submental fullness.

Other Options for Dealing With a Double Chin

While Kybella® is incredibly effective at reducing submental fullness, Germain Dermatology also offers CoolSculpting® which destroys unwanted fat cells by cooling them down until they are destroyed, while leaving the rest of the surrounding tissue healthy. As with Kybella®, the disrupted fat is flushed from the body over time, gradually revealing new contours.

Also note that even with fat reduced, some patients may find that loose skin at their neck continues to create the impression of a double chin. Ultherapy® uses ultrasound technology to boost natural collagen production and tighten skin for a firmer, sleeker look.

Dr. Germain and her staff will help you determine which is the best treatment for delivering the submental fullness-reducing results you are looking for.

Talk to the team at Germain Dermatology to set up a personal consultation and learn more about Kybella® in the Charleston, SC, area. Reach out online or call (843) 881–4440.