When you look at your profile in the mirror, what’s the first thing you notice? For many adults, it is a double chin. This collection of fat under the chin is notoriously difficult to get rid of and can lead men and women to experience lower self-esteem and dissatisfaction with their appearance. If this describes you, Kybella could be the treatment you’ve been looking for. It uses naturally occuring deoxycholic acid to break down fat cells over several weeks and permanently eliminate the fat deposit under your chin. It’s proudly offered by Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella was approved by the FDA in 2015 to treat submental fullness, commonly referred to as a double chin. This non-invasive treatment involves a series of injections to break down fat cells that have collected under your chin. It uses deoxycholic acid to break down the fat cells over several weeks, giving you a more contoured jawline which can make you look younger and more attractive.
Since its introduction, this treatment has become a popular alternative to traditional procedures such as liposuction thanks to its non-invasive nature and zero-downtime recovery. It involves a series of simple, straightforward appointments that can fit into any daily schedule. Best of all, patients can see permanent results if they commit to maintaining their ideal appearance with a healthy diet and regular exercise. This means that you could say goodbye to your double chin in just a few months.
How Does It Break Down Fat?
This treatment uses synthetic deoxycholic acid to break down fat cells over time. This acid is found in human bile and aids the normal digestion of fats by breaking down the cell membrane. Once the membrane is destroyed, the cell’s contents are expelled by the body. This treatment uses this acid in targeted areas on your chin and neck. The acid is injected in 15-25 spots per appointment to spread out the effects of treatment. Once injected, the acid begins to break down the fat cell membranes.
Four to six weeks after injections, the cellular debris from the submental fat cells has been thoroughly cleared from your body by the lymphatic and circulatory system. The remaining acid is also expelled safely. The results include a slimmer profile that appears healthier and younger to those around you.
What Causes Double Chins?
These pesky features can be caused by aging, weight gain, and even genetics. Fat can naturally accumulate anywhere on your body, but the submental region is particularly known for its small pouch of fat. This fat can make you appear older or heavier than you are. It can form even when you lead a healthy lifestyle and exercise often.
Once it appears, a double chin is almost impossible to get rid of through diet or exercise alone. This causes people to seek a treatment or procedure which can eliminate their double chin and restore their youthful appearance.
How Do I Know If I Need Treatment?
You might be uncertain whether you really need treatment to eliminate a double chin. To determine whether this treatment might be a good fit for you, take a look in the mirror. Do you see a pocket of fat under your chin when you’re standing naturally? You should also consult recent photos. Think about how you posed–do you have a normal stance to hide your double chin in photos? Are you unhappy with your appearance in photos taken of you from the side? Can you see your double chin standing out in photos?
If you answered any of these questions with a yes, you may want to talk to your doctor about how this treatment could help reduce the amount of fat in your submental region. No matter the size of your double chin, you may be a candidate for a personalized treatment plan to eliminate your double chin over a period of time. If you feel self-conscious about your chin and neck area and want to regain your self-confidence, you could experience excellent results from this treatment.
There are several options for reducing submental fullness, but this treatment is one of the best non-surgical options available today. It has proven results, with over 70% of patients who complete their treatment plans and see their final results reporting an improvement in the appearance of their double chin and their overall self-esteem. It offers almost every patient a customizable treatment plan to steadily reduce their double chin over time. It’s also relatively painless, as topical or injectable anesthetic can be used during treatment to minimize discomfort.
Quick appointments and zero-downtime recovery mean that even the busiest schedule has room for this treatment. It has far fewer risks than invasive procedures like liposuction, which can leave uneven fat distribution or scars and have significantly longer recovery periods. Finally, this treatment can leave you feeling more happy and confident in every situation as you stop worrying about your double chin and focus on the important things in life.
Even a non-invasive treatment like this one should be overseen and administered by an experienced doctor. Your doctor oversees the treatment process and the recovery period to ensure that your body heals well. They also suggest the best treatment plan for you and help you decide whether this treatment is the best option for you. You should plan to follow any instructions your doctor gives you carefully to make sure you achieve your ideal results.
Before your first treatment, you’ll have an initial consultation with your doctor. The purpose of this appointment is to help your doctor determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for treatment. They’ll also have the chance to examine your neck and chin and plan out exactly where injections would be placed to target fat deposits.
They can answer your questions about what to expect during the appointment and recovery process, and once they see your double chin, they can give you an idea of how many treatments you’ll need to see it disappear completely.
During this appointment, be prepared to disclose any previous treatments or procedures you have had on your chin, neck, or jawline. In addition, be prepared to disclose any medications you take or skincare products you use regularly. Your doctor may ask you to stop using any medications or products which could interact negatively with this treatment. Once your doctor has approved you for treatment, you’ll receive instructions on how to prepare for your first treatment.
This treatment has an extremely easy preparation period. Your doctor may give you additional instructions, depending on your unique situation. In general, avoid blood-thinning painkillers and medications like ibuprofen or aspirin along with some herbal remedies which could cause excessive bleeding and bruising. Drink plenty of water and apply moisturizer to your skin to keep it calm and healthy, which can help accelerate the healing process.
On the day of your appointment, thoroughly cleanse your face, jawline, and neck to reduce your risk of developing any infections after treatment. You should plan to skip your normal skin product or makeup application before your appointment. You will want your skin to be bare and clean for treatment.
Before your treatment begins, your doctor will be able to answer any last-minute questions you may have. They will take before pictures of your profile to compare with the final results of your treatment, then mark the injection sites to guide them during the treatment. Next, your doctor will offer you a topical anesthetic or an injectable anesthetic to numb the target area and keep you comfortable. Once the target area is numb, your doctor will use a separate, smaller needle to inject the deoxycholic acid into your chin and neck.
You may feel some pressure and a small pinch during the injections, even with an anesthetic. Normal appointments include 15-25 injections to spread the treatment across the target area. Once it’s injected, the deoxycholic acid will immediately begin working, which may feel like a dull burning sensation. Your doctor will apply ice to the injection sites to combat post-treatment swelling and discomfort. Finally, they’ll give you instructions to follow during your recovery period and let you return to your daily schedule with no downtime.
Over the first 24 hours, your neck and chin area will begin to swell, which is a normal reaction to the injections as well as the activity of the deoxycholic acid. You can apply a warm compress to the area to help minimize discomfort. If you notice bruising, it should begin to fade over the next few days.
You should avoid irritating your chin and neck as the injection sites heal and wait to apply any makeup to the area for at least 24 hours. Some patients choose to cover their neck and conceal swelling with a scarf or shirt. Swelling should go down steadily over the next 2-3 weeks.
As the fat cells in your double chin are destroyed, your body metabolizes them and then expels them. Approximately 4-5 weeks after your treatment, the injection sites should be healed and swelling should be completely gone. Best of all, you’ll be able to see the noticeable reduction in your double chin. This should leave your profile looking more attractive and give you a boost in self-confidence.
Most patients have 2-5 treatments over the course of several months to completely eliminate their double chin. Healing takes 1-3 months between treatments. Your doctor will propose a treatment plan during your initial consultation. As long as you follow this plan and return for each appointment, you should see your double chin reduce over time. Depending on your ideal results, you may choose to continue treatment once the results from your final treatment are available, 4-6 weeks after your last appointment.
When you’re satisfied with your appearance, your doctor will take a picture of your profile to compare to the photos taken before your first appointment. You should see a visible difference in your profile. The pocket of fat under your chin should be gone, leaving you looking younger and healthier than before.
How Long Does It Last?
Thanks to the total destruction of the fat cells in the submental area, the results of Kybella can be permanent if you commit to maintaining them. You can maintain your appearance through diet and exercise to keep your body at a healthy weight. If you experience major weight gain, it’s likely that your double chin will return due to excess fat buildup in the submental region. While this is not ideal, you are able to have further treatments once you return to a healthy weight to address your double chin once again.
As you grow older, you may see your skin lose its elasticity and begin to sag under your chin. This feature is a normal part of aging and can’t be addressed with this treatment. Your doctor can recommend a course of action to help reverse this common side effect of aging and restore your profile to match your aesthetic goals. In general, most patients can expect to enjoy the results of Kybella for years after treatment.
Is Kybella More Effective Than Liposuction?
This treatment is an alternative to surgical procedures like liposuction, but the two are very different even though they have the same end goal. As a non-invasive treatment, Kybella offers significantly lower risks. There is a shorter recovery time, lower risk of infection, no scars to worry about after treatment, and less discomfort associated with the treatment on the whole.
It’s most effective at reducing double chins in adults who are at a healthy weight and can commit to a series of treatments over several months. It’s also an excellent choice for those who cannot pursue surgery or wish to avoid it.
On the other hand, liposuction is designed to deliver instant results. It’s highly successful but comes with the added risk of uneven fat distribution, a loss in skin elasticity in the area, and scarring in noticeable places after surgery. It also has a longer recovery time. It’s better suited to reduce a large amount of fat in the submental region, as it can do so in one or two surgeries as opposed to a series of treatments. It’s best for you and your doctor to discuss the pros and cons of these treatment options to determine which will best fit your needs and deliver your ideal results.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is an excellent option for men and women of all ages who wish to reduce their double chin without the risks associated with surgery. It is typically recommended for those who are at a healthy weight and who have a moderate amount of fat under their chin. The ideal candidate should be able to commit to a treatment schedule which could last for several months.
This treatment cannot address skin laxity issues and may not be as ideal for reducing a large amount of fat under the chin, as the treatment time to do so would be significantly longer than an alternative such as liposuction.
This treatment is a good option for those who cannot pursue surgery or who wish to avoid the risks of surgery. It may not be ideal for those who have hypersensitive skin, bleeding disorders, or who have experienced a recent infection in the target area. You can consult your doctor to determine whether this treatment could be ideal for you.
If you’re ready to learn more about how Kybella can help you say goodbye to your double chin for good, contact the professionals at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you.