Submental fat, which is the cause of a double chin, has little to do with excessive weight. That is why heavy people who have lost weight still have a double chin, and people who have never been overweight will have a double chin. Fat accumulates in that area, and puts pressure on the skin, which weakens it, and causes it to sag. Fitness and specific exercises for the face and neck can reduce the appearance of a double chin, but will not get rid of one. The only guaranteed way to get rid of a stubborn double chin used to be plastic surgery. There were no other viable options except a procedure, such as a face or neck lift. Since plastic surgery is expensive, risky, and requires recovery time, it is not practical, or even accessible, to most people.

There is now a non-surgical treatment, that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), specifically to get rid of a double chin. People can get Covington Kybella injections right at the dermatologist office. They require no down time, are minimally invasive, and contain an acid found naturally in the body. Deoxycholic acid helps the body absorb fat. When that ingredient is injected directly into the fatty tissue of the chin, fat cells are permanently destroyed. Using kybella for double chin is cost-effective, and quick. Treatments take about a half an hour, during which time several sites are injected. A topical anesthesia is all that is needed, so there are no risks associated with sedation.

Common side effects are temporary, lasting a day or two, and can include bruising, swelling, redness, and slight pain or discomfort. Most patients resume regular activities right after appointments. The number of treatments differ from patient to patient, and depends on how much fat is accumulated, and the desired final result. Some people achieve desired results in as few as two or three treatments.

Others require up to six treatments to get the defined look they want for their chin and jawline. Injections are spaced four to six weeks apart for optimum results. A double chin can make people appear heavier and older, regardless of their weight or age. Getting rid of one can help people look younger, and feel more confident. Set up an appointment for a consultation to determine if kybella treatments are appropriate.