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January Newsletter

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Are you bothered by your double chin, and how it ages you? Until recently, surgery with anesthesia was the best option for anyone looking to achieve a sharper, more chiseled chin. KYBELLA®  is a FDA approved injectable made from deoxycholic acid, a fat-absorbing substance found in our bodies naturally. When injected, it destroys fat cells under the chin, leaving the skin substantially tighter and the jaw more contoured. More than 20 studies, with thousands of patients, have showed that almost 70 percent noted both physical and emotional improvement after treatment.

When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot be restored or accumulate fat. After the desired result is achieved, re-treatment is not expected.

Prior to administering KYBELLA®, the area may be treated with ice/cold packs and or a topical numbing cream to make you more comfortable during the procedure.  Some patients choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever before their appointment.

As with other injection treatments, you may experience some temporary swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. For most patients, downtime is minimal and occurs most commonly after the first treatment.  When scheduling your treatments, keep your social plans and work commitments in mind.

These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA®. Ask our physicians for medical advice about side effects.

You and your physician will customize your KYBELLA® treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Almost every patient requires more than one treatment session to experience positive results.  Many patients see improvement in their chin contour in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. During these in-office sessions, which typically are 20-30 minutes, our physician will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.  It is important to receive the number of treatments recommended by your physician to obtain the results you desire.


The Importance of using Sunscreen and other Sun Safety Tips for Colorado’s Winters.

For those of us who live in Higher altitudes, we have an increased risk of sun ­induced skin damage. Since UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level, at an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. This only increases the risk for damage. Winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Both snow and strong wind can wear way sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness, so you have to take extra precautions.

To protect your skin from the bitter cold, heavy winds and winter sun,follow these important sun protection tips:

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher whenever you spend extended time outdoors. Apply 30 minutes before heading outdoors . Be aware that the sun’s reflection off the snow is strong even on cloudy days. (Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds.)
  • Apply sunscreen liberally and evenly to all exposed skin. Winter conditions can be particularly harsh on the skin. Be sure to cover often ­missed spots: the lips, ears, around the eyes, and on the neck, the underside of chin, scalp and hands. Reapply every two hours, and immediately after heavy sweating.
  • Always wear a lip balm with an SPF 30 or higher,­ lips are very sensitive. Carry a travel-sized sunscreen and lip balm with you especially if you are taking advantage of outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding.

Enjoy the winter season, but be sure to take care of your skin to avoid the damage the cold season and sun can cause.