Chubby chins may be cute on babies and toddlers. But when you’re an adult, there’s nothing cute about a saggy, puffy double chin. Under-chin fat (also called submental fat) can add pounds to your appearance, and as you get older, the weight of that excess fat can pull your whole face down, resulting in jowls, wrinkles, and an overall older appearance. It’d be great if we could slim down a double chin with diet and exercise. But submental fat is stubborn; it rarely responds to weight-loss efforts of any kind. Those “face exercises” you see online? They’re not going to slim down your submental area. To get the sleek, under-chin contours you’re looking for, you need a more “direct” approach.
For years, liposuction was the only way to get rid of fatty deposits under the chin. And while liposuction can be effective in slimming down the submental area, it has some drawbacks. Because it’s a surgical procedure, there’s a risk of bleeding, infection, and scarring. Plus, if you have general anesthesia for your procedure, you’ll have risks associated with the anesthetic as well. At American Beauty Medi Spa, we offer Kybella®, an injectable treatment that uses a special solution to literally melt away submental fat. Here’s how it works.
The science of Kybella
Kybella owes its effectiveness to deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring acid produced by your liver. Deoxycholic acid is produced as part of the digestive process, and once it’s released into your body, it goes to work metabolizing and breaking down fats in the foods you eat.
Kybella uses a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which is pure and effective. This synthetic formulation works just like the naturally produced acid: When the Kybella formula is injected into the under-chin area, the deoxycholic acid breaks down the fatty tissue, breaking it down to enable your body to metabolize it and eliminate it from your body over time.
What happens during a Kybella treatment
Kybella is an in-office treatment that takes less than an hour to complete. Prior to your treatment, your chin will be carefully evaluated to determine the optimal placement for your injections. Most patients need between 20 and 50 injections throughout the submental region to make sure the Kybella solution reaches all the fat tissue. Placing injections throughout the area produces a result that’s smooth and consistent. Your chin may be numbed first using a topical medication to make your treatment more comfortable; however, since Kybella uses a very thin needle, most patients experience very little discomfort throughout their treatment.
After your treatment, the deoxycholic acid solution begins acting on the fat cell walls immediately, softening and breaking down the cell walls so fat is liquefied and easily removed by your body’s natural waste disposal system. You’ll have some redness and tenderness in the area, and you may also have some minor swelling, all effects similar to what you’d experience after any type of injection. You might also experience some slight numbness in the injection sites, but this effect will also subside quickly after your treatment is complete.
Since Kybella relies on your body to carry off the liquefied fat, it will be a few weeks until you see your final results. While a single Kybella treatment can improve your chin and neck contours, most people achieve maximum benefits with a series of treatments spaced out over several weeks. Your treatment plan will be customized based on how much fat you have under your chin and the results you want to achieve.
Is Kybella right for you?
With Kybella, there’s no surgery and no downtime, and best of all, once your fat cells are destroyed, they’re gone for good. Plus, since Kybella uses injections and not surgery to achieve those slim, sleek contours, it can be an ideal choice for most people. At American Beauty Medi Spa, our team is trained in the most advanced Kybella techniques, so our patients can feel confident they’ll get great results. To learn more about Kybella and to find out how it can help you get rid of that stubborn double chin, book an appointment online today.