A double chin is a layer of fat (called submental fat) that accumulates under the chin, giving the appearance of a bulge between the chin and the neck. While this often occurs with weight gain, it can also occur due to genetics or just as part of the aging process. Many people are troubled by this extra layer of fat and want to have it removed.
While there are exercises that you can try to remove a double chin, they are not extremely effective. Losing weight can help, but it does not always remedy the problem, as you would need to lose weight in that specific area of the body in order to see a big difference. Kybella is the first and only injectable treatment for double chin removal. Read on to learn more about it.
Kybella is an injectable form of synthetic deoxycholic acid. This acid is naturally produced by your body and it helps to dissolve fat. When injected, Kybella will destroy the fat cells under your chin, dissolving the fat itself and also making it so that fat cannot accumulate there in the future.
It is administered as an injection, so there are no cuts or sutures needed. It’s important to go to someone trained in its technique because if it is injected improperly, it could damage cells that shouldn’t have been targeted or other structures in the area.
When you show up for your appointment, your provider will make marks under your chin to indicate where the injections will go. You will normally have between 20 and 30 injections, but some people will have up to 50. Your provider will numb the area with a topical anesthetic or ice packs. You can talk to them ahead of time about how they will minimize your pain and discomfort.
The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes. Once the injections are over, you will be free to go home. It’s best to schedule your Kybella treatment when you don’t have something major going on in the next few days because bruising can occur. Avoiding NSAIDs like ibuprofen before your procedure can help keep bruising down to a minimum. Talk to your provider about whether and when to apply ice to prevent further bruising.
You might also experience some swelling or numbness. This should go away within a week or two. More serious side effects include an uneven smile, damage to the jaw, and facial weakness. If you experience these, contact your provider right away.
Kybella works gradually, and you’ll be able to see the effects within a few weeks. You will notice that your double chin is receding and eventually it will be gone or nearly gone. Some people require only one treatment, but others require up to six treatments. They must be spaced at least a month apart.
Once your fat cells have been destroyed, they will not be able to store fat anymore, so when your treatment is over, you won’t have to have it repeated. Note that fat can still accumulate in other areas of the neck and face, but it will not accumulate in the area that was treated.
Kybella treatment is meant for adults who are 21 years of age or older. It works best on people who have moderate to severe submental fat stores; it won’t make as big of a difference for someone with a slight double chin. With that being said, if you are unhappy with your double chin, then talk to your doctor about whether Kybella is right for you.
People who are pregnant or nursing should discuss this with their doctors, as there haven’t been a lot of studies done regarding the safety of the procedure in pregnant or lactating people. Also, if you are having or recently had cosmetic surgery on your face, then you might need to wait a period of time or you might not be a good candidate for Kybella.
Because Kybella is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is generally not covered by health insurance. Each treatment will cost an average of $1,500, but this will vary depending on where you live, what your provider charges for office fees, and so on. If you have more than one treatment, be aware that you will pay the charge for each one.
If Kybella is not for you or you want to try other treatments first, here are a few more to consider:
Talk to your healthcare provider about which type of double chin removal treatment will work best and improve your appearance.
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