According to a 2014 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, approximately seven out of 10 consumers are bothered by submental fullness (also known as a double chin). Submental fullness is a common yet undertreated condition that can detract from an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance - leading to an older and heavier look. Submental fullness can affect both women and men of all ages and weight, and it is often resistant to diet and exercise and can be influenced by multiple factors including aging and genetics.
The FDA recently approved the first and only non-surgical treatment for reduction of submental fullness called Kybella (formerly known as ATX-101). It has been under development for more than nine years, and it is the subject of over 20 clinical studies involving more than 2,600 patients. Dr. Lupo
was one of the investigators during the clinical trial, and she has been named a trainer for Kythera, the makers of Kybella.
Kybella is a non-human and non-animal patented formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells, followed by a natural healing and elimination process to improve the chin profile. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Patients who want to dramatically improve their jawline with non-surgical options can be treated with Kybella in conjunction with dermal fillers and/or radio-frequency and ultrasound devices for additional definition and skin tightening.
Kybella is administered by injections into the fat under the chin through a series of treatments spaced no less than one month apart. Many patients experienced visible results in two to four treatments, and up to six treatments may be administered depending on the desired outcome of the patient and treating physician. Once the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment is not expected.
If you are interested in learning more about this treatment or to see if you are a candidate, please contact
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Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology
Mary P. Lupo, M.D. | Skylar A. Souyoul, M.D. - Connect on Linkedin
Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.
Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.
Dr. Skylar Souyoul practices the full range of medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology. During her dermatology training, she worked closely with Dr. Lupo to learn the “Lupo Process” for cosmetic injections and laser procedures. She works with her patients to create a skin care regimen, which may include in-office procedures as well as over-the-counter cosmeceutical or prescription treatments depending on the patient’s needs. Dr. Souyoul continues to remain current on the most cutting-edge treatments so she can provide her patients with individualized treatments and optimal results. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.