The neck and chin frame the face. When excess fatty tissue lives in the submental area, what we call a double-chin is created. If you’ve noticed that accumulation of fat beneath your chin, chances are you feel more than a little disturbed by how this has affected your appearance. The double-chin has long been problematic for men and women of all ages. In today’s selfie-obsessed society, there is no time for submental fullness and the challenge it poses to our photographic poses.
If you’d like to look your best at every angle, consider what Kybella can do for you.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is the injectable solution that is formulated with deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring chemical that is used to metabolize fat in the body. The FDA has approved Kybella for the reduction of submental fullness, or the double-chin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Kybella?
Men and women over the age of 18 who are in good general health may be excellent candidates for Kybella to reduce the appearance of a double-chin. A thorough consultation and exam are performed prior to treatment to evaluate the laxity and elasticity of the skin under the chin. Kybella acts on fat cells only. Therefore, if skin is excessively loose, adjunct treatments may be needed after Kybella injections to achieve optimal refinement of the chin and jawline.
How Does Kybella Work?
When introduced into subcutaneous fatty tissue just beneath the skin, the deoxycholic acid in Kybella disrupts the structure of the membrane around fat cells. Without adequate external lining, these cells essentially burst, unable to hold their fatty contents. Subsequent to the destruction of targeted fat cells, the body responds by flushing them through the lymphatic system. These cells are no longer in the body, and will not grow back.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most patients need between 2 and 6 treatments to fully correct submental fullness. We may estimate the number of treatments needed after an initial consultation, and this may change based on the way your body responds to initial treatment. Treatments are scheduled in intervals of about 4 weeks.
How Long Does Kybella Last?
It is possible for results from Kybella treatment to last indefinitely when a healthy lifestyle is maintained. Weight gain and aging may both affect the long-term results of injectable double-chin treatment, not because new fat cells grow, but because existing fat cells expand. Laxity that results from the loss of collagen may, with age, display slight drooping beneath the chin. Fortunately, there are non-invasive treatments for this age-related problem, as well.
Recovery After Kybella Injections
Kybella is often considered a “lunchtime” treatment because there is no real downtime needed to recover from injections. Some patients do feel slight discomfort after their treatment session, though we try to secure comfort by using topical numbing medication prior to injections. If tenderness or soreness occur post-treatment, ice may be applied to the area. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may also be taken to improve temporary discomfort.
Aside from managing comfort, there are no specific aftercare instructions for patients. The area may be washed and shaved, and patients may resume physical activity, including exercise, as soon as they wish.
Kybella Side Effects
While there is no downtime after treatment, there are some side effects that are noticeable enough that you will want to plan around them. Specifically, what patients notice after each treatment session is an expansion of volume beneath the chin. This increase may reach up to 70%, which is quite noticeable. The reason why this occurs is because fat cells are soaking up the deoxycholic acid that has been injected, and tissue is temporarily expanding with spilled fat content. Over the course of two to three weeks, this swelling subsides. However, that is just in time for the next treatment in the series.