A double chin can be one of the most frustrating cosmetic issues that a patient will ever have to deal with. Unlike extra fat and soft tissue found in other areas of the body, it is almost impossible to eradicate fat under one’s chin through diet and exercise alone. This is why we are proud to offer our patients the amazing new fat loss injectable known as Kybella®.
What Causes a Double Chin?
Just because you exercise regularly and stay at a healthy weight does not necessarily mean you can avoid a double chin forever. Your weight is just one of the many factors that will increase your risk of developing an extra pocket of fat below your chin. Everything from the medication you take to your genetics will determine how your body stores fat.
Once a double chin has developed, there are no over-the-counter creams or ointments that will allow you to restore your jawline. In order to remove these fat cells, the vast majority of patients will need to consider professional treatments.
The Disadvantages of Cosmetic Surgery
Surgical options, such as neck lifts, can be very effective and are carried out thousands of times every year. Unfortunately, they also require a lengthy recovery time and might not be appropriate for patients with certain medical conditions. Many people are forced to bring their life to a grinding halt for three or more weeks after their procedure to let the swelling go down. Even with an experienced surgeon, there is still a risk of permanent scars on one’s neck and face.
Kybella® injections provide patients with many of the same advantages as these invasive procedures while avoiding the scarring and lengthy recovery time. The patient is free to resume their normal activities immediately after a treatment session.
A Quick Look at Kybella®
This injectable was approved for cosmetic use in 2015 after the FDA examined two U.S. trials of more than 1,000 patients. These trials found that Kybella® is both safe and effective, with an 80 percent success rate. Over 800 of the original patients noticed improvements to their chin and claimed they were completely satisfied with the procedure.
Kybella® contains a substance known as deoxycholic acid. This particular type of acid is made naturally within our intestines to break down some of the foods we eat, including animal fats. Researchers eventually found that it could also break down the fat under our chins when injected in large enough doses.
The average patient needs between two and six treatment sessions. After the very first session, the deoxycholic acid begins weakening the fat cells so the patient’s immune system can destroy and expel them. Patients who stay at a healthy weight and stick to the aftercare instructions given to them by our doctor will be able to enjoy the results of this amazing treatment for years.
Is Kybella® Right for You?