A double chin can be caused by a few different factors, including genetics, excessive weight gain, or moderate weight loss. Whatever the reason, many people feel self-conscious about a double chin or an under-defined jaw. Fortunately, Kybella injections at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA can reduce the appearance of a double chin and fat in some other areas of the body.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Kybella?
Kybella is a unique injectable treatment that specifically targets fat cells that can’t be eliminated through ordinary diet and exercise. This revolutionary treatment was first approved by the FDA to treat fat under the chin, but many dermatologists and plastic surgeons have explored the use of this injectable treatment in other areas of the body, such as:
The under-chin area is the most common place to use a Kybella treatment. The fat that accumulates under the chin can soften the overall appearance of your face, make you look older, or make you appear overweight. Furthermore, a double chin cannot usually be corrected through exercise and diet alone. Many people continue to struggle with a double chin even after losing a significant amount of weight.
One of the new areas to use this injectable treatment is under the arms, specifically near the armpit area. This is another part of the body where fat can accumulate and be difficult to reduce through exercise. If you struggle to define your biceps or triceps, using this treatment in the underarm area can improve your efforts by reducing excess fat.
Although this treatment cannot significantly reduce fat in the stomach area, it can be used on the lower belly in the pelvic region to target stubborn fat cells. This may be particularly helpful for those who have difficulty exercising the lower abdomen region or who may have lingering fat from pregnancy.
Some people may be interested in using this treatment on the inner knees or around the knees. These areas of the body may not always respond to lower body exercises to reduce fat, such as squats and leg lifts. However, by using this injectable treatment on the inner knees, you can achieve a more slim and toned appearance for your legs.
Both women and men may also be able to use this injectable to target unwanted fat on the back. Fat on the back may be harder to get rid of than fat in other areas of the body, particularly for women around the bra band area. Eliminating fat on the back can improve your overall silhouette.
What About the Buttocks?
Using this fat blasting injectable treatment on the buttocks may or may not be an option for you. In general, fat reduction for the buttocks is best achieved with liposuction or other similar procedures. However, if you have a small pocket of unwanted fat on the lower buttocks where the buttocks meet the thigh, this injectable treatment may prove effective.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella is a minimally invasive injectable treatment that is formulated with deoxycholic acid. This is a type of bile acid that is naturally found in the body, so it is generally compatible with most people’s bodies.
The synthetic version of deoxycholic acid works the same way as deoxycholic acid produced by your body. The difference is that synthetic deoxycholic acid can be injected into targeted areas of the body to specifically reduce and permanently eliminate unwanted fat. After fat cells are targeted with deoxycholic acid, they will naturally be absorbed by the body.
How Much Fat Can This Injection Reduce?
In a single treatment, this injectable can eliminate up to 20% to 25% of fat. This means you will be able to see significant results in as little as one treatment.
Will You Need More Than One Treatment?
Depending on the amount of unwanted fat you have under your chin or in other areas of your body, you may require more than one treatment to achieve optimal results. In fact, it’s common for people to need a series of at least two to three treatments to eliminate a significant amount of fat.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
Your post-treatment instructions will be similar to the post-treatment instructions you may have followed for other injectable treatments. For example, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sweating, and exposure to extreme temperatures from saunas, hot showers, or hot tubs for at least 24 hours.
Unique to this treatment, you will need to avoid alcohol both before and after your treatment for at least three days. You will also be able to achieve better results if you can limit your sodium intake for three days after your treatment, as this will prevent your body from storing excess water or swelling from water retention.
When Will You See Results?
You will be able to see the earliest visible results from this injectable treatment about four to six weeks after your first appointment. This time frame is because it will take some time for the deoxycholic acid in the injectable treatment to attach and eliminate unwanted fat cells. After that, your body will need to eliminate these destroyed fat cells through natural processes.
Your results will continue to improve as the deoxycholic acid eliminates unwanted fat cells, or as you have additional treatments until you achieve your optimal results. Most people will see full results at least 12 weeks after their final treatment, although results may continue to improve with additional exercise and dieting.
Will You Have Loose Skin After?
Some people who have lost a significant amount of weight may have struggled with loose skin afterward. However, because Kybella can mimic fat reduction as a natural process through the use of synthetic deoxycholic acid, your body will usually respond to this gradual elimination of fat cells by also tightening the skin as the fat is eliminated.
For this reason, you will usually not have excessive loose skin after you have cheese or optimal results. That said, if you want to tighten your skin further, you may want to explore treatments such as laser skin tightening or microneedling to enhance collagen production in areas of the body that have been treated with this fat reduction injectable.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment are designed to be long-lasting – in fact, some people may even be able to enjoy permanent results. The results of this treatment can last so long because fat cells are unlike other cells in the body. Unlike skin cells, when fat cells are eliminated, they cannot regenerate, which means that fat cells that are destroyed by deoxycholic acid will be gone from the body forever.
That said, there are ways you can undo the results of your treatment. For example, if you gain an excessive amount of weight, any remaining fat cells in these areas of the body will accommodate new fat storage. For this reason, if you want to enjoy the longest-lasting results possible, it’s a good idea to manage your diet and exercise plan well so that you can avoid gaining more than 10 to 20 lbs.
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
This injectable treatment is approved for adults who are over the age of 18 and who have unwanted pockets of fat beneath the chin or in other areas of the body. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have skin infections in the area may not be suitable for this treatment. You may not be eligible for this treatment if you are allergic to inactive ingredients in the injectable formula.
It’s also important for candidates of this treatment to have a moderate amount of unwanted fat, as the treatment is not ideal for those who have significant fat or who are overweight. Potential patients must also not have excessively loose skin, as this will also make your optimal results more difficult to accomplish. A consultation is the best way to verify that this treatment is a good match for your needs.
Reduce Fat Under Your Chin and Elsewhere!
An injectable treatment that targets unwanted pockets of fat can be ideal for many people, especially those who do not want to undergo liposuction surgery or use other fat-reduction aesthetic treatments. If you have a mild amount of unwanted fat in areas such as the chin, underarm region, or lower belly, this treatment can be perfect for you. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation to assess your suitability for this treatment, contact Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA today.