How to Reduce Double Chin with Best Kybella Treatment?
Everyone’s been talking about Kybella, an injection that claims to reduce double chin fast without any surgery and minimize the appearance of a double chin. But does it actually works? Let’s find out about this double chin treatment in our today’s post.
What is Kybella?
Some people have some extra fat under their chin, a condition called submental fullness that is commonly referred as “double chin”. Submental fullness can affect both men and women and it is caused by various factors such as weight gain, aging, and genetics. Some overweight people may not have fullness under their chin and sometimes the condition may go away easily with diet and exercise.
If you’re bothered by the double chin, you’re not alone. According to the consumer survey conducted in 2015 by the (ASDS), 67% of individuals are concerned about the excess fat under the chin.
Kybella is the FDA approved a non-surgical injectable treatment that is used to reduce fullness beneath the chin. The Kybella treatment uses a deoxycholic acid that targets the fat cells under the chin, destroys them and therefore, improves the overall chin and facial profile. Kybella is a safe and effective treatment that requires no incisions and the downtime is minimal.
Kybella is proven treatment to be used for the submental area (area under the chin). It is currently not known if Kybella is safe to be used outside of the submental area.
How do Kybella works?
Deoxycholic acid is naturally produced by our body to help in the breakdown and absorption of the dietary fat. The main ingredient in Kybella is the synthetic form of deoxycholic acid that is used as an injection. When it is injected into the fat beneath the chin, the acid in the Kybella destroys the excess fat cells. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they can’t store or accumulate the fat so there is no further treatment required when you reach your desired aesthetic goals.
How to prepare for Kybella treatment?
Before starting the double chin treatment, it is important for you to plan properly for Kybella procedure with the cosmetic surgeon who determines whether you are the right candidate for it.
- Discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon
- Discuss your medical history.
- Wash your face properly before the appointment because it helps to reduce the risk of any infection and,
- Avoid taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen to prevent post-treatment bruising.
Before the treatment, the surgeon examines the area around the chin and the neck and then tailors a treatment plan according to the amount of fat to be reduced and individual aesthetic goals.
What to expect during the procedure?
The Kybella injections should be administered by a trained healthcare professional or cosmetic surgeon because deoxycholic acid can destroy other cells in the body during the procedure.
At first, the surgeon uses a marker to mark the injection sites of the targeted area and after that may apply ice packs or topical numbing agent to ease any discomfort or pain. Then, multiple small injections are injected into the marked areas and the number of injections is usually 20-30 or even 50. The number of injections depends on the amount of fat to be treated and desired aesthetic profile. After injecting, the deoxycholic acid starts the process of destroying fat cells gradually.
Each treatment session takes about 15-20 minutes for the procedure.
What are the results of Kybella treatment?
Once the deoxycholic acid destroys the fat cells, the results are long-lasting and consistent. Also, no further treatment is needed as the fat cells couldn’t store the fat.
How many treatment sessions are needed?
The number of treatment sessions varies from patient to patient. The surgeon considers certain factors while determining the number of treatment sessions:
- Amount of submental fat
- Distribution of submental fat
- Your desired aesthetic goals
Each treatment session is given around one month apart and more than 6 treatments shouldn’t be received. Majority of patients received double chin injections treatment seen visible results within 2-4 sessions while some clinical studies account that 59% of patients have received 6 treatments.
What are possible risks and side effects of Kybella?
The common side effects that can occur in the treatment area include:
- Areas of hardness
These minor side effects usually subside with 1-2 weeks and the recovery time is minimal in most of the cases while the downtime can vary as per individual patient’s conditions.
Some serious side effects can also occur, that include nerve injury in the jaw that may cause some temporary problems such as:
- Facial muscle weakness
- Uneven smile
- Trouble in swallowing
After the procedure, if you experience these serious side effects, immediately consult your doctor.
Who are the ideal candidates for Kybella?
The double chin reduction treatment is the right option for you if:
- You are concerned about submental fullness under your chin
- You feel that this excess fat makes you look heavier or older than you actually are
- You don’t want to undergo surgery
- You’re dieting and exercising but submental fullness doesn’t reduce
Who shouldn’t receive Kybella treatment?
The patient shouldn’t receive double chin injections if he/she has an infection in the targeted area.
Make sure to keep the doctor well informed about the important medical conditions that include
- Any cosmetic treatment or surgery you had or plan to have on your face, chin or neck,
- Any medical conditions you had or have around or in the neck area,
- Have had or still experience bleeding problems or trouble swallowing,
- If you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future because it is still not known whether Kybella has any effect on unborn baby,
- If you’re breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed,
- If you’re taking any medications whether they are prescription or over-the-counter or herbal supplements. Tell the doctor especially if you’re taking blood thinners or anticoagulants
What is the cost of Kybella treatment?
Each double chin treatment cost can range from $1,200 to $1,800 but the total cost depends on the number of treatment sessions, the fees of the surgeon and geographic location. Kybella is not covered by medical insurance as it is considered a cosmetic procedure.