Doubles are great when you’re having a dog and a beer watching a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park (whenever we get back to that!). They’re not so great when they show up under your jawline.

The dreaded double chin.

Just about every one of us have some degree of a double chin after we hit our 45th birthday or thereabouts. It’s a combination of our skin and tissue becoming looser, and the development of fat cells.

But you don’t have to feel as if you look like Jobba the Hut. You can stop in and see Dr. Lee and have him treat your double chin with Kybella. Before you know it, you’ll have a profile that looks more like yours did at 25 rather than 45 or 50.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of double chins by destroying the fat cells helping your skin to sag. Clinically, a double chin is called submental fullness (a much more pleasant term!). Studies have shown that over two thirds of people are bothered by their double chins. And those people say their sagging chins bug them just as much as wrinkles and other signs of aging.

How does Kybella work its magic?

Kybella’s secret is really quite simple. It is made, basically, of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the human body. Its job is to help with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. The key is that deoxycholic acid doesn’t know the difference between dietary fat (the ingested kind) and the fat living a comfortable life under your chin. To it, fat is fat, and must be destroyed.

So, when Dr. Lee injects Kybella into various locations under your chin, the deoxycholic acid finds the fat and destroys it. The fat is then broken down and flushed from the body through the lymphatic system. In addition to getting rid of the fat, Kybella also destroys the fat storage ability in the area. So, not only is the fat gone, but so is the body’s capacity to store fat in the future.

How long do results last?

We said destroy and we mean it. Kybella doesn’t need ongoing maintenance sessions — the fat is gone permanently. You decide on the number of injection sessions you want to get to your goals, and once you’re there, you’re done. Obviously, your chin muscles and tissue will continue to slacken somewhat with age, but the fat that has been most of the problem is gone for good.

How many sessions will I need?

The FDA has set the maximum number of treatment sessions at six, but how many you decide to have is up to you. Some people find they like their new profile at just two to four sessions. How many you end up having is up to you.

Let the Phillies have all the doubles; we’ll lose ours with Kybella. Call us at Bryn Mawr Facial Aesthetic Center, (610) 789-6701, and set up a consultation.