Excess fat under the chin and at the top of the neck can make a person look far older than he or she is. Unfortunately, it is not possible to reduce this fat with diet and exercise. Weight loss occurs uniformly across the body and does not produce any significant changes in a person’s physical proportions. Thus, if you have a double chin, eating less and working out more will not eliminate submental fat or contour the face.
The good news is that people now have the option of using a revolutionary product called Kybella™ to get rid of their double chins. Kybella™ is currently the only FDA-approved medicine for eliminating double chins in a safe, non-surgical procedure.
The Benefits of Kybella™
Kybella™ is a treatment that does not entail any cutting or tissue removal. This procedure requires only a very nominal recovery period and is known to create very few after-effects. Slight redness, inflammation or bruising may develop at the injection site, but issues like these tend to be very moderate in nature and normally abate on their own.
While several treatments may be required for achieving individual cosmetic goals, these procedures are short and do not entail a lot of physical discomfort.
What Kybella™ Works
Kybella™ is a man-made version of an acid that is naturally occurring within the body called deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid aids in fat loss by breaking down and dissolving fat cells.
When Kybella™ is injected into areas with excess submental fat, it quickly breaks down these fat stores by destroying the membranes of fat cells and causing them to die. These cells are then absorbed by the body and removed.
The provider will make multiple injections of Kybella™ at the target site during a single treatment. As the deoxycholic acid takes effect, your submental fat will gradually begin to disappear.
In the past, the only way to eliminate a double chin was through liposuction procedures. Liposuction is significantly more painful and invasive than Kybella™ and often requires an extended recovery period. With deoxycholic acid, however, people can get fast, simple, out-patient treatments that quickly contour the face and give it a fresh, youthful look.
What to Expect During a Kybella™ Treatment
The provider will assess the location and amount of your unwanted, submental fat and review your cosmetic goals. Up to six Kybella™ treatments can be received in a single year, with each of these treatments being spaced at least one month apart.
The number of shots you receive and the number of required Kybella™ treatments will be determined during your consultation appointment. Once your injections are complete, you’ll be free to immediately return to your normal activities.
Most people see a significant decrease in their submental fat after just two Kybella™ treatments, however, it is not uncommon for patients to receive as many as four treatments before reaching their individual cosmetic goals.
Contact Dermatology Associates today to schedule a consultation.