I Love My Turkey Neck [Said No One Ever]!
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I wanted to dedicate this blog post to the turkey neck (or double chin) and how I can help make it go away forever, as I discussed on Good Morning America.
The turkey neck, or double chin (which is medically referred to as “submental fullness” or “submental fat”) is an equal opportunity issue. It presents in men, women, thin people, and heavier individuals alike and I have yet to meet a patient who would like to keep it. In fact, even apart from the undesirable aesthetic of a turkey neck, many of my male patients have sought out this procedure due to the daily discomfort and feeling of suffocation created by having submental fullness and having to wear a shirt and tie every day for work.
Thankfully, the FDA has approved Kybella (deoxycholic acid) as a permanent treatment for the turkey neck. Deoxycholic acid is naturally produced by our bodies and helps to absorb fats. Kybella is a drug which is identical to this naturally occurring acid. When injected into our “submental fat”, Kybella physically destroys and permanently dissolves the fat cells which create the double chin.
Before we begin the Kybella injection treatment, I clean and numb the area underneath your chin.
I then apply a treatment “grid”, which is like a temporary tattoo, to act as an injection guide. I inject Kybella next to each “dot” on the grid. You will feel a slight prick and a burning sensation as the medication is melting the fat away.
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.
The most significant side effect of this procedure is the substantial swelling which occurs afterwards and can last up to two weeks. However, even with this side effect, my Kybella patients all agree that the procedure was well worth it and they would do it again without hesitation. I tell my patients that winter is the perfect time to have Kybella because you can camouflage the swelling by wearing turtlenecks or scarves.
Other common side effects of Kybella include some bruising, redness, and sensitivity or numbness in the treatment area, all of which are temporary.
Typically, to achieve my patients’ desired results, we need 2 to 4 treatments approximately 6 to 8 weeks apart. This aspect of the procedure is customized.
And finally, the result is PERMANENT!! Your turkey neck is gone forever and I promise you won’t miss it!
Stay tuned for cost-saving alternatives to this treatment! New blog post to follow soon!