In a survey of US men and women, 73% admitted that they were bothered by the excess fat under the neck/chin (submental fat). Submental fat is caused by either age, genetics, weight gain or a combination of these factors. Because these factors are difficult or impossible to change, there are several procedures available now to treat double chin. Until the last 5 years, liposuction under the chin and then surgery for skin tightening was the only option. Surgical liposuction and neck lift, however, is not an option commonly chosen due to the risks of surgery and the downtime associated. For the last few years, many patients have undergone treatment with Kybella (deoxycholic acid) which destroys some of the fat cells of the chin which are then cleared from the body. Patients who choose Kybella have the medication injected by a physician into the fat under their chin over the course of several sessions. Patients can have significant swelling under the chin for 3-10 days after each procedure. Results are typically seen in 4-12 weeks. There is some discomfort associated with the needle sticks and the medication creates a burning sensation initially.
SculpSure is a laser that creates energy that is only attracted to fat. It was initially FDA-approved to treat stubborn fat of the abdomen and flanks. SculpSure was then FDA-approved to treat unwanted fat on the legs. In the last month, SculpSure has obtained FDA-clearance for treating double chin. One treatment takes 25 minutes and is well-tolerated.
In a prospective study conducted at 3 study centers in the United States, 57 patients were divided into two groups. One group had a body mass index (BMI) of <30 and one group had a BMI of 31-43. All but 5 subjects had 2 treatments approximately 6 weeks apart with the SculpSure laser on the submental area (under the chin). Photos and ultrasounds were takenbefore treatment and at 12 weeks post-treatment. On ultrasound images an average of 23% of submental fat reduction was measured. All side effects were transient and resolved without intervention. The most common side effects of the treatment under the chin were mild swelling,tenderness, and redness resolving in about 1 week and nodules (small areas of hardness in the fat) resolving in 1 month. No significant difference was seen in efficacy and safety between high and low BMI groups. In a survey of these study patients, 100% of the subjects were satisfied with their results and 93% of photos were correctly identified as the before or the after picture in a blinded evaluation by dermatologists not involved in the study. Dr. Nicole Norris at Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru, IL is excited to now offer SculpSure to her patients with unwanted double chin. “SculpSure helps you safely reduce stubborn fat under the chin without surgery or downtime. Compared to other modalities to treat fat under the chin this is a well-studied option that fits into a patient’s life and produces natural-looking results and high patient satisfaction. As an added benefit, we see patients treated with SculpSure lose fat under the chin without leaving loose skin behind. It is a remarkable technology that makes my patients happy!”
Call Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru at 815-780-8264 for a freeSculpSure Consultation to see if SculpSure is right for your double chin. Buy a SculpSure Chin Package of two treatments before Jan 31, 2017 and get $500 off.