What is Kybella and will it work on my double chin?
Sixty-seven percent of people surveyed by the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery said that they were bothered by the excess fat under their chin. There is now a non-surgical way to permanently reduce the amount of fat under the chin and improve your profile with Kybella. So how do I get rid of my double chin?
What is Kybella?
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is an FDA approved injectable treatment for adults with moderate to severe fat under the chin, also known as sub-mental fat or a “double chin”. Deoxycholic acid is a chemical that is naturally produced by our bodies to allow for the break down and absorption of fat. Kybella is a synthetic form of this acid and when injected into the fat under the chin, it permanently destroys fat cells therefore improving or eliminating the appearance of a double chin.
Who is a good candidate for Kybella?
Kybella may be the right treatment for you if:
- you are unhappy with the amount of fat under your chin or the appearance of your profile
- have a persistent amount of fat under the chin area despite diet and exercise
- you are 18 years or older
- you prefer a non-surgical treatment
- you are not pregnant or nursing
What is the procedure like?
Depending on the amount of fat under the chin and your desired goal, you may need between two to six treatments spaced four to six weeks apart with Kybella. Each treatment takes about twenty minutes, involves a series of small injections and should only be performed by a Kybella-trained healthcare professional. The area will be cleaned followed by the application of a temporary grid which maps out the administration sites of the small injections. The number of injections that you will need with each treatment will depend on your individual body structure and the amount of fat in the treatment area. The number of injections required typically decreases with each subsequent treatment. During the procedure, most people experience temporary burning at the injection sites that is usually relieved with the application of ice following the completion of the injections.
After Kybella treatment:
You will want to plan for some recovery time after your treatments. Immediately following the procedure, noticeable swelling and areas of hardness at the treatment site can be expected. This swelling is a result of Kybella destroying the fat cells and your body re-absorbing the excess fat. Post treatment swelling will be most noticeable for the first 72 hours and will gradually improve. Minor bruising, skin redness and numbness at the treatment site are also commonly noticed side effects but will also resolve with time.
Risks of Kybella treatment:
With any injectable treatment comes risk. Nerve injury in the jaw resulting in uneven smile and difficulty swallowing are infrequently experienced risks with Kybella treatment. You can greatly reduce those risks by ensuring your treatment is performed by a Kybella-trained healthcare professional.
Kybella is the first FDA approved non-surgical treatment to permanently reduce and/or eliminate unwanted fat under the chin through a series of injections. Most patients will need on average two to six treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. This treatment has helped many to improve their self-confidence and overall happiness with their appearance. If you have been looking for a way to improve this area of your body, Kybella may the answer for you!