People may have double chins for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s genetic, and other times it’s due to weight gain or a part of the natural aging process. Many people feel self-conscious about their double chin and seek to reduce or erase its appearance through liposuction, liposculpture, facelifts, submentoplasty, CoolSculpting, or neck lifts. However, Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, Connecticut offers Kybella as a wonderful alternate solution to minimizing the appearance of a double chin.
What Is a Double Chin and What Causes It?
Submental fullness, or a double chin, may be caused by weight gain, genetics, aging, or a combination of the three. Having a poor diet and eating lots of salty and processed foods can result in a double chin. Being dehydrated can also contribute to the development of a double chin because the body will start to retain more water. Things like poor posture and sagging or wrinkled skin can make a double chin’s presence even more pronounced.
Around 80% of people with double chins feel self-conscious about the area and many seek solutions to reduce or erase their double chin. One solution to double chins is Kybella, an injection that is composed of deoxycholic acid. This is a wonderful solution to having a double chin, especially for those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure.
How Does Kybella Work?
This FDA-approved, minimally-invasive injection visibly reduces the double chin and it can sometimes remove a double chin completely! A synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a secondary bile acid that is naturally found in the body, breaks down fat cells’ walls upon being injected. This renders the cells unable to store any fat. The destroyed fat cells are then turned to waste, washed away, flushed through the lymphatic system, and metabolized.
This treatment was approved by the FDA in 2015. In clinical trials, over 80% of patients reported a significant reduction in fat below the chin, making it a very effective treatment. Once the adipocytes (or fat cells) are destroyed with the addition of the synthetic deoxycholic acid, they will be unable to regenerate. This means that follow-up treatments will not be needed!
12 Benefits of Kybella
1. It Can Help Reduce or Erase a Double Chin
The synthetic deoxycholic acid in the injection breaks down the walls of any fat cells it comes into contact with in the chin, neck, and jawline. The fat cells can then no longer hold any fat and are turned to waste, metabolized, and eliminated as the body absorbs the fat. This process results in a reduction in or disappearance of a double chin.
Most people who receive this treatment will see a slow and steady elimination of submental fat over the course of four to six weeks. The change brought about by this treatment is comparable to the changes that liposuction and other more intensive and invasive treatments can provide.
2. It Has a Lower Risk of Adverse Reactions
In comparison to other treatments that target double chins, there is a lower risk of an adverse reaction with Kybella. The deoxycholic acid, which is used in the treatment, is naturally found in the body, so the body is more likely to accept the treatment without any side effects. With this treatment, you can receive the same results as a surgical procedure without the increased risk of serious complications or a lengthy recovery time.
3. It Was Created Specifically to Treat Submental Fullness
This treatment was specifically designed to treat double chins. Deoxycholic acid can break down the fat cells in the submental area without affecting the other nearby cells. It minimizes negative effects through it’s non-invasive and highly-targeted approach.
Other treatments that were originally designed to reduce fat over larger areas of the body, like the belly or thighs, are less direct and have a higher possibility of overtreatment. For example, liposuction can be used to remove double chins, but it comes with a lack of control. It is easier to accidentally remove too much fat, which can leave the neck looking aged and hollow. In contrast, this treatment uses a small needle to inject controlled amounts of deoxycholic acid into the target areas.
4. It’s Not Painful
Even though the submental area is a sensitive area to treat, this non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment is a relatively painless treatment. You may feel a slight sensation of warmth during your treatment session. However, numbing cream can be applied to the area before the injection and ice can be applied after the injection to deal with any discomfort you may experience.
5. It Can Result in a Younger and Leaner Appearance
Thanks to the deoxycholic acid’s ability to break down the walls of fat cells and prevent them from storing fat, a double chin’s appearance can be reduced or erased. This will give the submental area more definition which can help make you look leaner and rejuvenated. You can take the appearance of years off your face and look better than ever with this treatment!
6. It Has Little to No Downtime
Facelifts and neck lifts often require at least a week off of work with minimal activity while five days of rest is recommended with liposuction. While most other treatments involve recovery time, this one does not. Your movement will not be inhibited after receiving the treatment, and you can continue with your daily activities without worrying.
7. It Is a Non-Invasive Process
Neck lifts and liposuction can be used to treat double chins, but these surgical procedures come with more risks than this treatment does. Other treatments also often require general anesthesia, which introduces another set of risks. As a non-invasive treatment, Kybella has lower risks and fewer considerations to take into account when deciding whether the treatment is the right step for you. Despite the lower risks, it can achieve the same results as invasive surgeries and procedures!
While other solutions to double chins may require incisions and result in scarring, this one does not. Additionally, this treatment doesn’t require general anesthesia, which makes it an easier and far less risky process.
8. It Is a Quick Process
This treatment’s administration process is quick. On average, in one treatment session, a patient will receive between twenty and fifty injections under their chin per treatment in fifteen to twenty minutes. However, the number of injections received may vary based on the amount of fat under the chin and the desired profile outcome. Some people may need additional treatment sessions, but any subsequent treatment sessions will be just as quick and easy.
9. It Can Be Done In Six Treatments or Less
The number of treatments needed will vary on an individual basis, but you should not receive more than six treatments. Each treatment session should be at least one month after the previous one and most people experience visible results from the treatment between their second treatment and their fourth treatment.
10. It Shows Results In Just Four to Six Weeks
Typically, the results from this treatment occur four to six weeks after the treatment. Once the deoxycholic acid has broken down the adipocytes’ walls and the body has removed or absorbed the fat, the results will become visible. This is a fast-acting solution to submental fullness that can quickly increase your confidence!
11. It Has Long-Lasting Results
Because this treatment destroys fat cells in the target area, the area will lack cells that have the ability to accumulate fat. Maximum results from the treatment can be seen six months after the last treatment. You will not need any further sessions or touch-ups because the fat cells destroyed by the deoxycholic acid will not be able to regenerate.
This treatment gives you a fresh start! You can follow certain guidelines to ensure that no new fat cells develop below your chin so you can maintain the results of your treatment.
12. It Doesn’t Come With Many Pre-Treatment or Post-Treatment Guidelines
Another benefit of this treatment is the lack of restrictive pre-treatment guidelines and post-treatment guidelines. While other treatments may require extensive pre-treatment and post-treatment routines, there are comparatively fewer rules to follow before and after this one.
Before your treatment, you may be expected to avoid high-sodium and high-sugar foods. You may also have to postpone your session until you’re better if you catch the flu. After your treatment, you may want to apply an ice pack to the area if you feel any discomfort and you should drink water to ensure that you stay hydrated and healthy.
Who Should Receive This Treatment?
This treatment can help people who are looking to reduce or erase their double chin and don’t want to have surgery. Having a double chin can make someone self-conscious, embarrassed, and appear older or heavier than they really are. Some people still have trouble with their double chin no matter how well they eat and exercise, but Kybella can help.
What Should I Discuss With My Healthcare Provider?
Before receiving this treatment, it’s important to have an honest conversation and thorough consultation with your healthcare provider. Be sure to inform them if you have any trouble swallowing, bleeding issues, or medical conditions near the face or neck, as this may mean you are not an ideal candidate for this treatment.
Discuss any previous or planned surgeries on the face, neck, or chin, whether you’re pregnant, nursing, or planning to get pregnant, and discuss any medications you’re taking. Your healthcare professional may need additional information and you should talk about your aesthetic goal from a Kybella treatment.
What Can I Expect When Attending My Treatment Session?
Once you arrive for your treatment session, your medical professional will clean the area and mark the skin where the injections will be performed. You may receive a local anesthetic in the form of an injection or a cream before the Kybella is injected into the area. The injection amounts and locations will be based on your personal aesthetic goals and the current amount of fat in the area. Once the injection process is complete, the area can be iced to reduce any swelling before you leave to continue your daily activities.
Find Out More
If you’d like to find out more about this or any other dermatological treatments we offer that may help you achieve your skin goals, please contact us at Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, Connecticut! Our team of experts is happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your situation and the best courses of action to help you look and feel your best. We offer general dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and spa services to help our patients achieve and maintain healthy skin.