The saying that ‘two is better than one’ applies to almost everything except a person’s chin. A double chin is unflattering. It adds age to a person’s face, and can make them look and feel unattractive. Until recently, the only option that people, who had a double chin that persisted after diet and exercise, had to lose their double chin was surgery. Recently, the FDA changed that when they approved Kybella™ as a tool that cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists can use to remove excess fat under a person’s chin without using surgery.
How Does Kybella™ Work?
Kybella™ is almost identical to a substance they human body makes called deoxycholic acid. This acid naturally helps the body to absorb fat. Kybella™ performs the same function by destroying fat cells.
According to the FDA, if Kybella™ is not applied properly, it could damage other cells in the body, including skin cells. Receiving shots of Kybella™ is a nonsurgical alternative to using liposuction to remove the fat that causes a person to have a double chin.
How Common is a Double Chin?
Surveys conducted by UCLA have shown that the vast majority of people who have a double chin are concerned about it. It affects the way they view themselves, and it affects their confidence level when it comes to engaging in business and enjoying personal relationships.
What are Kybella™ Treatments Like?
It could take between two or more visits for a patient to see the results they want. Visits are spaced apart by about one month.
Does Kybella™ Tighten a Person’s Skin?
Kybella™ has been approved by the FDA as a way to melt and remove fat without resorting to surgery. Before the drug was approved for use, the FDA did studies on upward of 1,000 people. Four-fifths of those individuals said that they saw a reduction in the fat under their chin. It is not to designed to tighten a person’s skin.
Does Kybella™ Produce Side Effects?
In most patients, side effects can include swelling and bruising. Some experienced firmness around the injection site and slight numbness, which dissipated over time.
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For now, Kybella™ is only approved for use for the area underneath the chin. It is unlikely that it will be prescribed to help eliminate stomach fat or fat in other parts of the body since it is most effective when applied to small areas.
If you have been looking for a solution to eliminating your double chin, Kybella™ may be the solution for you. Contact Athena Plastic Surgery today to make an appointment.