Has your double chin gotten the best of your self-confidence? The dreaded double chin is a bane of people everywhere and develops as a result of submental fullness, or the accumulation of fat underneath the chin. Some people are naturally predisposed to store fat in the submental region and are unable to eliminate their submental fullness no matter how healthy they eat or how active their lifestyle is.
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells underneath the chin, directly targeting submental fullness. At Angell Medical Spa, our team is proud to offer this treatment to patients interested in finally eliminating their double chin and creating a slimmer and tighter jawline.
The Science Behind Kybella
Kybella’s primary ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring acid found in the human body. After injecting Kybella directly into the subcutaneous fat underneath the chin, the synthetic deoxycholic acid destroys the outer fat cell membranes, rendering them incapable of storing fat. These fat cells are then gradually eliminated by the natural metabolism of the body through the lymphatic and circulatory systems. In other words, Kybella takes care of those pesky fat cells and leaves your body in charge of handling the cleanup.
Kybella vs. Liposuction
Kybella was introduced as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, the most popular surgical method for fat removal. During liposuction, fat cells are suctioned out of the body through thin metal tubes that are inserted through small incisions. While liposuction produces effective results and can be used to target submental fullness, not every patient wants to resort to a surgical means for fat removal.
While liposuction is a safe procedure, surgery brings inherent risks through the use of anesthesia and produces prolonged side effects. Small incisions in the skin can also result in scarring, which may not be an equal trade-off in an area as visible as the neck.
Kybella provides comparable results without the need to undergo surgery. Kybella appointments only take about 20 minutes and are perfect for anyone with a busy schedule. Liposuction may be a suitable option for some patients to remove their submental fullness, but Kybella provides a level of flexibility that surgery cannot match.
Results in as Little as Two Treatments
The amount of Kybella treatments necessary to achieve the desired results depends on the amount of submental fat targeted for removal. Most patients need about two to four treatments to experience optimal results, with about a month in between each appointment. Treatments are relatively comfortable, and ice packs, cold compresses and topical anesthesia will be provided to minimize pain during and after treatment.
After a series of injections in the targeted area, patients are free to be on their way and return to work and other daily activities. Some mild bruising and swelling are typical for the first couple of weeks, so plan on scheduling your appointments right before the weekend to maximize recovery time if you’re concerned about potential visible side effects.
While Kybella has many benefits that put it at the forefront of noninvasive fat removal treatments, its greatest strength lies in its ability to produce lifelong results. Once Kybella kills fat cells and the body removes them, they are gone for good. Your final results will develop in four to six weeks as swelling diminishes and your body continues to clear out the dead cells. Unlike other injectable treatments, you will not have to schedule regular maintenance appointments or come in for touch-ups. The results you see after your final treatment will reflect the look of your neck and jawline for years to come.
If this nonsurgical treatment to reduce submental fullness interests you, call Angell Medical Spa today at 916-905-2372 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angell and Jason Peugh, PA-C.