Did you take a profile selfie recently? And did you notice the fullness under your chin? Not a very happy sight for sure. Known as submental fullness or more commonly as double chin, it is not a grave medical condition to get anxious about. It is however a common one, and one that you might consider to be a cosmetic blot as it could make you appear older or heavier than you actually are. It is not uncommon for anyone with this condition to wish that it just melted away without having to go under the knife. The good news is that you now have anassured solution in Kybella to melt away the excess fat under chin and neck. As an added perk, you can easily forget the invasive fat reduction techniques.
Currently, Kybella has been FDA-approved for use only on double chin as it has been found through clinical trials to be most effective in removing only small sections of fat.
How does Kybella work?
Kybella was earlier called ATX-101. It is a synthetic version of a molecule called deoxycholic acid that is naturally produced in the intestines for the absorption of dietary fats. When Kybella is injected into the submental (under the neck) region through a series of small injections, it targets the fat cells and destroys them. The cells then become ineffective to store fat. The injection procedure lasts about 15-20 minutes. The amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile determine the exact number of injections you should take.
For those sensitive to injections, the area can be numbed to reduce discomfort at the time of procedure. Post the destruction of these fat cells, your body goes into a slow and steady natural elimination and healing process. Within 4-6 weeks of receiving Kybella injections,the fat cells are typically removed from the area, leading up to a younger you.
Number of Sessions
Every chin profile is different. Your aesthetic medicine specialist would determine the number of sessions you might require based on how much submental fat is distributed in the area,and your own treatment goals. Each session is spaced at least a month apart and one should typically not require more than six treatments.
How long do results last?
Results from Kybella injections are almost permanent which means that your double chin has gone forever. Even if you gain a little weight after receiving the injections, it may not return provided you follow a healthy lifestyle and maintain an optimal body weight range.
You should be 18 years of age and have a profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin. Before having Kybella, discuss all your medical conditions with your aesthetic medicine expert. Tell your provider if you have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck or chin; have undergone/planning cosmetic treatments on your face, neck or chin; have had clinical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have difficulty in swallowing; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed your baby.
There should be no serious complications. However, minor discomforts like swelling, pain, numbness and bruising may be expected as is normal with any cosmetic procedure. Serious problems are nerve injuries in the jaw that might lead to facial weakness or an uneven smile and problem in swallowing,all of which are pretty much rare.If you develop an uneven smile, experience facial muscle weakness or difficulty in swallowing, do not hesitate to inform your provider.Most people have reported feeling ‘tender’ till about four hours after the procedure. In case of pain, you may use ice pack, oral analgesics and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to effectively reduce swelling and pain. It is highly recommended that you talk to a certified aesthetic skin specialist to know how Kybella could bring about a dramatic change in your looks.