Don’t Take Your Double Chin to the Holiday Party

KybellaSubmental fullness.

Now that sounds like a perfect “answer” on Jeopardy! Be sure to phrase it in the form of a question:

“What is another name for double chin, Alex.”

Everyone thinks everyone else has submental fullness. We’re not like Jobba the Hut or anything. But the truth is most of us have at least some fat pockets under our chins. In the past, nothing short of a neck lift or liposuction could address a double chin, but a new prescription injection called Kybella® has changed that. Kybella® improves the profile of people with moderate to severe double chins.

And who wants to do all the active stuff we do in Bend with a double chin bouncing around with us? At Deschutes we can now give our patients Kybella® prescription injections. And if you don’t delay, you can un-invite your double chin to your holiday parties!

The double chinny chin chin

Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin may have worked for the three little pigs, but you’re not worried about the hair, you’re worried about your double chin. Double chins are pretty much a part of growing older, and surely a part of putting on weight. The unending downward pull of gravity, along with loosening of the skin, creates a perfect condition for the skin to hang down and collect fat. The result is drooping skin and a lack of definition in your profile.

At least you’re in good company. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in 2015 on double chins. The results showed that 67% of people were “bothered by their double chin.” And they said their double chin bothered them just as much as wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Kybella® beats up your double chin

If you want to get right down to it, Kybella® is basically deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body. What does it do? It aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Now you can see the simplicity behind Kybella®. To deoxycholic acid fat is fat, meaning it doesn’t differentiate between dietary fat and other fat that can be found in pockets under your chin. When Kybella® is injected into the fat beneath the chin, it destroys the fat cells. And it destroys them permanently, removing the storage mechanism to accumulate fat in the area. That means your double chin is gone for good, as long as you don’t put on a good deal of weight in the future.

How do we use Kybella at Deschutes?

A Kybella session at Deschutes lasts less than 30 minutes. It involves a series of injections with a very small needle. A series of treatments is necessary to regain the profile most patients seek, although you will see results after the first session. Most patients opt for a series of six treatments.

Are you interested in losing your double chin? Call Deschutes at 541-330-0900 and ask us about Kybella®.

Leave the Moles to Wind in the Willows

Moles and cancerMoles are generally viewed to be a nuisance. Well, maybe not in the children’s classic Wind in the Willows. But pretty much everywhere else.

That applies whether they’re digging in your yard or showing up on your skin. At Deschutes, we’re interested in the moles on your skin. When they get in the way or make you self-conscious, the team at the Deschutes can remove them.

A mole is usually your friend under age 30

You probably think you’re the only one with an unsightly mole. Not so. Human skin is good at growing these things — the average person has between 10 and 40 moles. Moles can grow anywhere on the skin and are usually brown or black. Most moles develop in early adulthood over the first 30 years of a person’s life.

Over time, those moles change. Some will develop hairs. Others will become more raised or change color. Others will disappear.

Why do we have moles? The culprit is the same one that makes freckles and causes our skin to tan, melanocyte cells. Moles occur when melanocyte cells grow in clusters rather than being spread throughout the skin. Due to their pigment relationship, some moles darken with sun exposure, during the hormonal teenage years, and during pregnancy.

Moles and cancer

The vast majority of moles are simply hanging out, kind of like your Uncle Herb who comes for the holidays and lingers. Again like Herb, moles are usually harmless. But occasionally a mole changes color, height, size, or shape. That’s when you need to get it checked. Cancerous growths usually form after age 30, while moles usually form well before then.

It is rare for a mole to turn into melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. However, people with more than 50 miles are more likely to develop melanoma. And since we live in the sunny clime of Bend and we’re already on the lookout for skin cancer, it doesn’t hurt to add moles to your watchlist.

These are warning signs with moles:

  • A mole changes color
  • Its size changes unevenly
  • It changes height, shape, or texture
  • Skin becomes rough and scaly
  • Mole feels hard or lumpy
  • It itches, oozes, or bleeds.

If you have any of the above warning signs, or if your mole is simply becoming an irritation (such as on your bra strap line), call the team at Deschutes, 541-330-0900, and let’s take it off.