There are lots of different elements of our appearance that can cause us to feel self-conscious or even a little embarrassed. For some people, it is their double chin that gives them the greatest cause for concern. A double chin typically occurs when someone has excess fat under their chin, although it can also happen as a result of poor jaw positioning. Patients also often find that the skin under their chin is impacted by gravity, and this, combined with the weight of the fat cells pulls the chin downwards and makes it extend below the jaw. This can cause them to look heavier in the face than they really are, hiding any natural definition and giving them a much softer appearance.
Unfortunately, diet and exercise rarely have much of an impact on excess chin fat. This means that the majority of people who would like to get rid of their double chin are forced to consider cosmetic treatments to help. If you aren’t keen on going under the knife (and, let’s face it, nobody wants to have surgery if there is another option), then you may be interested in Kybella.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that works by removing excess fat cells from underneath the chin. The main ingredient responsible for this is called deoxycholic acid, which works by breaking down the fat cells so that your body can metabolize them and eliminate them as waste material. With fewer fat cells present under the chin, its physical size will reduce and as such, your double chin will become significantly smaller or will disappear altogether. This will improve your profile and give you a more defined jaw.
What to Expect From Your Kybella Treatment Appointment:
Kybella treatment is minimally invasive, administered using an ultra-fine needle directly into the chin. Many patients do not even need any topical anesthetic for the procedure, which takes around 20 minutes and so can easily be performed in a lunch break. The needle is inserted at various points of your double chin, where the Kybella solution is inserted and will start to work to break down the fat cells straight away. However, since the fat cells need to be metabolized and then eliminated, it can take 4-6 weeks to start to see the effects of your treatment.
There are virtually no side-effects to Kybella treatment. Some patients may experience a little soreness or swelling at the site of the injections, but this usually resolves itself within 24 hours. There is also no downtime and you will be able to return to work or other routine activities as soon as your procedure is complete.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Kybella is normally carried out over several sessions to enable patients to see the greatest degree of result from their treatment. These appointments are usually spaced monthly, and you may need up to six depending on the extent of your double chin. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise you on how many sessions you can expect to need.
How Long Do the Results of Kybella Last?
Assuming that you don’t gain a considerable amount of weight, it is possible to sustain the results of your Kybella treatment indefinitely. This is because fat cells do not regenerate. Instead, they can only grow larger if you gain weight. Kybella offers patients a very safe and effective way to get rid of their double chin for good.