Kybella aesthetic treatments have helped many people regain their confidence by improving the look of their chin and jawline. Kybella is a non-invasive option for reducing fat under the chin often responsible for the appearance of a double chin. Let’s talk about double chins, Kybella, and some things you should know before treatment.
If you see a double chin when you look in the mirror, you’re not alone. Surveys from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery have found that about 73% of people feel bothered by fat underneath their chin.
The technical term for excess fat under the chin that can cause a double chin is submental fullness. Submental fullness is a common issue. Many people associate it with being overweight or obese, but there are many reasons you might notice a double or even triple chin.
One factor is certainly weight gain. As you gain weight, your body stores the extra fat. Sometimes, your body will store it in the neck and chin area, creating the illusion that you have more than one chin.
However, genetics and age can also play a role in whether you have a double chin. Genetics can determine how and where your body stores fat. Age also affects fat storage in your body and can also make the skin under your chin become less elastic, which can make the appearance of submental fat look worse.
The good news is, there are treatment options available for submental fat. If you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your chin and jawline, Kybella aesthetic treatments may be a good option for you. These are non-surgical aesthetic injections that can actually reduce the amount of fat underneath your chin.
You might be familiar with several different types of aesthetic injectables, such as Botox for wrinkles or fillers to increase volume in your lips and other parts of your face. However, Kybella injections are much different from these treatments.
Kybella is an injectable that targets and destroys fat cells. It is an FDA-approved treatment for reducing fat under the chin to help improve the appearance of your neck, jawline, and chin. Most people get Kybella injections for the dreaded double chin that can stick around even when you maintain a healthy weight.
Kybella works by using deoxycholic acid to actually destroy fat cells to reduce their size. Deoxycholic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in our bodies, specifically in the digestive system. This acid helps us break down fats in the food we eat so our body can absorb them.
When you get Kybella aesthetic treatments, our provider injects the deoxycholic acid into specific areas under the chin to target stubborn fat cells. As the Kybella reaches those cells, it destroys them. This makes them lose the fullness that is responsible for the look of the double chin. Once this happens, they are no longer able to accumulate more fat, which means Kybella can be a permanent solution for double chins.
Kybella works gradually using your body’s own processes to destroy and reduce the size of fat cells from the treatment area. Therefore, it produces gradual, natural-looking results. Also, because your body naturally produces deoxycholic acid, there is little risk for allergic reactions.
Many people choose Kybella to treat fat under the chin instead of going with more invasive options like liposuction. During a liposuction procedure, typically the surgeon puts you to sleep under general anesthesia. Then, they make an incision to insert a tube, called a cannula, into the treatment area to draw the fat cells out using suction. Recovery from liposuction typically takes a few days to two weeks to return to normal activities and the surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment for a few months after.
Because of the risks of surgery, the downtime needed for recovery, and many other factors, many people choose Kybella as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to reduce the appearance of fat under the chin. Kybella aesthetic treatments take just 15 to 20 minutes in the office with practically no downtime.
Everyone is different, so you should talk to our providers about whether Kybella is right for you. However, here are some signs you might be a good candidate for Kybella aesthetic treatments:
It’s important to remember that Kybella only helps with excess fat under the chin. Therefore, if you have a double chin from loose skin, this treatment likely won’t offer the results you’re looking for.
Also, while Kybella can permanently destroy fat cells so they can no longer accumulate fat, the unaffected fat cells left behind still may. Therefore, we generally recommend being at a healthy, stable weight before beginning Kybella injections.
You should talk to our providers about the specifics of Kybella treatment based on your individual circumstances. However, here is some general information about frequently asked questions about Kybella:
Our provider can discuss how many treatments are needed for you specifically. Some people can see results in as little as one treatment. However, you can receive up to six treatments with Kybella, at least one month apart each.
During Kybella treatment, you typically receive between 20 and 30 injections in the treatment area under the chin, though you can receive up to 50 for more severe cases. It generally takes a few weeks or months to see results because it takes time for Kybella to destroy and reduce the size of the fat cells. Therefore, if you don’t notice immediate results after the first treatment, you don’t necessarily need another. Your provider can help you determine when or if you need more Kybella injections.
Since Kybella destroys fat cells, they cannot continue to store and accumulate fat. Therefore, in many cases, the results from Kybella are permanent, meaning it’s expected you won’t need further treatment after your initial treatment with Kybella. Many people are happy with the results from Kybella, which appear gradually as your body gets rid of the targeted fat cells. Most people notice results within 12 weeks.
Everyone is different, but most people can return to their normal activities immediately after getting Kybella injections. Some people notice side effects like swelling, redness, and discomfort at the treatment site, but these typically resolve within a week or two. Generally, you can manage these side effects at home with things like:
One of the many reasons people choose Kybella over more invasive options is because of the reduced downtime after treatment.
Our team at HerKare is here to help you live your best life, which means feeling and looking your best. We believe in empowering women to address their health and aesthetic needs. We are a clinic owned and operated by women for women and offer the latest aesthetic treatments to our patients. Make an appointment today to learn more about Kybella treatments from our professionals.