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2 Ways Your Dermatologist Can Help Slim Your Chin

If you have unwanted fat underneath your chin, often called a double chin, then you are not alone. Many people have unwanted fat deposits in this area. While some people can eliminate this excess fat through diet and exercise alone, others find that the fat underneath their chin never goes away even with diet and exercise due to a genetic predisposition to this problem. 

Thankfully, there are now non-invasive liposuction alternatives that remove small unwanted fat deposits, such as chin fat. Read on to learn two ways your dermatologist can help you slim your chin without invasive surgery. 

1. Mesotherapy

Many dermatologists provide mesotherapy treatments. While there are additional mesotherapy treatments available that rejuvenate the skin to eliminate signs of aging and reduce the appearance of cellulite, one popular type of mesotherapy dissolves small, unwanted fat deposits, such as under the chin. 

To perform fat-dissolving mesotherapy, a dermatologist injects a solution that contains a natural chemical called phosphatidylcholine (PDC) into an unwanted fat deposit. This natural chemical is present in many foods, including eggs, soybeans, and sunflower seeds, and helps the body create a chemical called acetylcholine that is important for brain and overall health. Then, this process is then repeated about once every two weeks until the desired final result has been achieved. Most people need about three to six injections to see a dramatic increase in chin fat appearance. 

After each injection, a patient may experience temporary swelling of the injection site which can occur anytime during the 48 hours following the procedure. 

2. Kybella

Another way your dermatologist can remove unwanted chin fat is by injecting a pharmaceutical medication called Kybella into this fat. This cosmetic injectable contains deoxycholic acid, which is similar to a natural acid produced by your body. 

To begin a Kybella treatment, a dermatologist first numbs the area under the chin where the medication will be injected with ice or a topical anesthetic agent. Then, they make between 20 and 50 small injections into chin fat instead of one large injection. The medication does not dissolve fat instantly, but instead gradually kills chin fat cells for several weeks after the procedure. 

While some people are happy with their results after one round of Kybella injections, others find that they need several treatments to experience the results they desire. However, the manufacturer does not recommend that any one person obtain more than six rounds of Kybella injections. 

The side effects many people experience after Kybella injections include pain, swelling, and/or bruising. However, all of these side effects are temporary. In rare cases, more serious side effects can occur. 

If you have stubborn, unwanted chin fat, then ask your dermatologist if you are a good candidate for fat-dissolving mesotherapy or Kybella injections. Both help eliminate unwanted chin fat without the need for invasive surgery. To learn more, contact a dermatologist