Dermatologist Charles Crutchfield III M.D. will be the first in Minnesota to offer Kybella Treatments

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Dermatologist Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. will offer a new FDA approved treatment Kybella to reduce the appearance of unsightly “double chins” at his clinic in Eagan, Minnesota.

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After Kybella Treatment

Now I am very excited to offer this treatment to patients who want to reduce their double chin without surgery.

Clinical professor and board-certified dermatologist, Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D., announced that Crutchfield Dermatology in St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota will be the first to offer the new FDA-approved Kybella, a drug that will eliminate double chins without surgery. Kybella is a revolutionary, injectable treatment that safely and effectively dissolves unwanted fat under the chin.

Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D., Medical Director of Eagan, MN-based Crutchfield Dermatology will be the first dermatologist to offer the latest non-surgical treatment to reduce the appearance of under chin fullness. Dr. Crutchfield is board-certified in dermatology and is a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has more experience using injectable medications to dissolve unwanted under chin fat than anyone in the United States and has published a landmark scientific paper on “lipodissolve,” a safe, effective technique using injectable medicines for the treatment of double chins and other areas or unwanted fat. Lipodissolve utilizes phosphatidyl choline and deoxycholate – the FDA-approved active ingredient in Kybella – to dissolve unwanted under-chin fat. The important paper details the safe and effective results in the treatment of thousands of patients.

Dr. Crutchfield is the first dermatologist in Minnesota to offer such treatments and will again be the first to offer the new, FDA-approved Kybella treatments to treat the dreaded ‘double chins’. In the past, patients could only seek surgical intervention or liposuction to treat under-chin fullness. Since Crutchfield Dermatology informed Kybella that Dr. Crutchfield was prepared to be the first in Minnesota to utilize the treatment, the clinic’s phones have been ringing off the hook. The clinic is currently taking contact information to notify interested patients as soon as it is available. Crutchfield Dermatology is excited that patients in the Twin Cities can now take advantage of this simple, in office, minimally-invasive procedure using Kybella to melt away their unwanted double chins.

According to the manufacturer of Kybella, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, “Kybella is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat.” The Kybella medicine is injected into the submental area (fat below the chin), which allows the medicine to rupture the fat cell membranes and permanently destroy unwanted chin fat.

“In the past, I had specialty compounding pharmacies prepare the mixture for each patient as needed. Now I am very excited to offer this commercially-available preparation to patients who want to reduce their double chin without surgery. If my vast experience with over 16,000 lipodissolve treatments is any indication, this should be a convenient, safe, and effective treatment to significantly improve the way patients look and feel about themselves, “says Dr. Crutchfield.

Side effects are mild and include brief swelling, bruising and tenderness. Downtime is not required. Each treatment session involves multiple small injections and the treatments are repeated monthly for 6 months for best results.

“The successful results in my lipodissolve patients were permanent. As this contains the same active ingredient, I am optimistic the results will be long-lasting with Kybella, too.”

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed a transitional internship at the Gundersen Clinic. An annual selection as a “Top Doctor” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Dr. Crutchfield has been named one of “America’s 10 Leading Dermatologists” (Black Enterprise), “America’s Top Doctors” (Castle Connolly Guide), “America’s Top Dermatologists” (Consumers’ Research Council of America), and is the only dermatologist to selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly every year since the inception of the survey. Dr. Crutchfield has also been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians.

Dr. Crutchfield has appeared on the cover of multiple national medical publications that focus on the business side of medical practice. He authors a weekly newspaper column on skin care, hosts of a monthly radio program on skin issues, and appears quarterly as a skin expert guest on a local award-winning cable television program. Dr. Crutchfield is the co-author of a children’s book on sun protection, a dermatology textbook, and recently published a smart phone application for primary care physicians. Dr. Crutchfield has won numerous University of Minnesota Medical School teaching awards, including ‘Clinical Faculty Teacher of the Year’. Dr. Crutchfield is also a Professor of Biology at Carleton College. He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN Health, he has received the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology, the “Physician Health Care Hero Award” from Medica/KARE11 and is a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

In local and national surveys, Dr. Crutchfield has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on skin of color. An active member of the community, Dr. Crutchfield was recently recognized by NBC News’ as one of the “Top 100 Newsmakers Making History in the United States.” He is also a founding member of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine (, a nonprofit organization.

An avid sports enthusiast, Dr. Crutchfield is the team dermatologist for several professional sports teams in Minnesota including the Twins, Vikings, Wild, and Timberwolves.

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