We’ve all been told since childhood that age brings wisdom. Unfortunately, age also brings loose skin, weak muscles, and bands of fat around the neck. If you’re in the Bay Harbor Islands, FL area and want to improve the appearance of your neck and chin, strongly consider Kybella, a non-invasive fat removal treatment offered by the experts at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL. You may be surprised by the durability and efficiency of treatment.
How Long the Results of Kybella Treatments Last
The results of Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injections are considered permanent. The deoxycholic acid in this injectable is a synthetic version of the bile acid that occurs naturally in your gut. Once the chemical compound is injected, it destroys the fat cells in the targeted area so they cannot store excess fat anymore. Since you can’t grow new fat cells, there are permanently fewer fat cells in your chin, neck, or both. Therefore, submental fullness caused by fat is permanently reduced.
Keep in mind, this injectable does not destroy every fat cell in the targeted area. If you gain weight in the future, you may store excess fat in the remaining fat cells in your neck or chin. However, since there are fewer fat cells, your submental fullness or bands of neck fat will not be as noticeable. We also find it worth noting that this treatment provides long-lasting results when submental fullness is caused by such factors as genetics or age.
How Many Sessions You Will Need
Depending on the severity of your submental fullness, you may need up to six treatment sessions to remove enough excess fat to improve the contours of your chin and neck. However, it’s important to note that only the most extreme cases of submental fullness require six treatments to achieve satisfactory results.
If your submental fullness is caused by genetics, you may only need one or two sessions to get the smooth, slim profile you’re looking for. Similarly, if your chin and neck look disproportionately large due to the natural aging process, you may only need three or four treatment sessions to achieve your ideal results.
How Long Does It Take for the Treatment to Work?
It can take between four and six weeks to see the final results of treatment. This is because it takes roughly this long for your lymphatic system to sweep up the dead fat cells, metabolize them, and excrete them as waste. The efficiency of your lymphatic system determines exactly how long it will take for your dead fat cells to be excreted.
There are over a dozen factors that affect how well your lymphatic system metabolizes fat. One of the most important of these factors is the efficiency of your cardiovascular system because your cardiovascular system supports your lymphatic system. Another crucial factor is hydration. You can expect faster final results the next time you receive treatment by getting and staying hydrated.
Things You Can Do for Faster Results
The two easiest things you can do for faster results the next time you receive treatment are walking for at least 2.5 hours a week at a moderate pace to support a strong cardiovascular system and consuming at least half a gallon of tea, coffee, and water from the tap or hydrating foods, like soup, fruits, and veggies. Eating fruits and veggies will also speed up the final results of the treatment because your lymphatic system needs plenty of nutrients to operate efficiently.
You can also schedule an appointment with a masseuse who is certified to give lymphatic massages, a special type of massage designed to support an efficient lymphatic system. A step you can take that is equally as important but not as easy as walking is to minimize your consumption of simple carbohydrates, especially sugars that are added to foods and beverages. You should also try your best to minimize your consumption of unhealthy fats.
How Long Treatment Takes
The average treatment session takes between 15 and 20 minutes. Affecting how long your session lasts are factors such as the dosage and number of injections you require as well as whether you are simultaneously receiving other injections into your neck, like Botox. During your initial consultation, we will give you a better idea of how long you should expect your treatment to take based on your unique treatment plan.
Before your treatment, we will sanitize the treatment area and mark the injection sites. Then, we will use a fine-gauge, sterile needle to inject the medication into strategic locations beneath your chin or on your neck. Most people only need 20 or 30 injections under the chin. Nevertheless, up to 50 injections may be required if there is a large amount of excess fat under the chin or your neck also needs to be treated.
What to Expect During Treatment
If you’re not keen on needles, you’re in good company. However, we can assure you that the gauge of the sterile needle we use is so fine that the injections won’t hurt. Nevertheless, you will feel the needle penetrate your skin and you will feel a slight pressure as the medication is administered beneath your skin’s surface. If you’re worried about feeling the injections, ask us about a topical numbing cream so you won’t feel anything during your treatment.
How to Care for Yourself After Treatment
After your treatment session, you are mostly free to return to your usual routine. Nevertheless, there are a few extra things you may want to do in the first few days after your Kybella injections. For example, if you’re not a huge fan of injections, you may want to apply ice or a cold pack to your neck to soothe your skin.
If you tense your neck or jaw muscles before injection, a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel can relax your muscles without the side effects of muscle relaxants. Keep in mind, everyone responds to injections differently. Therefore, you may benefit from other post-treatment care steps, like taking Garcinia Cambogia for 72 hours after your treatment or wearing a compression strap on your chin while you sleep.
Good Candidates for This Treatment
Unfortunately, without seeing your neck and chin and reviewing your medical history, we can’t say for sure if you are a good candidate for treatment. However, we can give you an overview of what we look for in good candidates for this injectable. Among the first things we look for is fat distribution. Although submental fullness can be caused by age or genetics, it is usually caused by excess fat.
If you have fat on your neck and under your chin that is resistant to diet and exercise, you are probably an excellent candidate for this treatment. Good candidates for this treatment are at a stable weight and confident they can maintain their weight, have fairly elastic skin, and don’t want to undergo an invasive fat removal procedure. They also do not have heart or blood conditions.
How to Remove Stubborn Fat From Other Parts of Your Body
If you’ve tried diet and exercise to lose fat from other parts of your body, there are many non-invasive fat removal methods that may benefit you. Two of the most popular are CoolSculpting and the HCG diet. Let’s take a quick look at both, and we’ll discuss these and other options more thoroughly during your initial consultation.
If you’re within 30 pounds of your goal weight, and you have stubborn pockets of excess fat that have been resistant to all of your diet and exercise attempts so far, you have a couple of options. One option is to keep losing weight and hope that your body will consume the fat stored in your problem areas for fuel rather than fat in other parts of your body. Your other option is to receive CoolSculpting, a revolutionary alternative to liposuction.
CoolSculpting uses a device that cools the targeted area to between 38 and 42 degrees depending on the thickness of your skin, how much fat you’re trying to burn, and how deep that fat is beneath your skin. It’s a great fat removal method because there is no risk of burning or bleaching your skin like there is with laser fat removal treatments. There is also no risk of freezing your skin, something that only occurs in sub-freezing temperatures.
The HCG Diet
If you’re not within 30 pounds of your goal weight, you are probably an ideal candidate for the HCG diet. HCG, sometimes known as human chorionic gonadotropin or the pregnancy hormone, is a hormone that is perfectly safe for all adults. Among its functions is increasing your metabolism, meaning that you burn calories far more efficiently than normal, even at rest.
This diet is so effective for safe, rapid weight loss because most people on the diet only consume between 500 and 800 calories daily. One of the best things about this diet is that you will experience improved mood, improved mental clarity, and no hunger because, during the first two days of the diet, you go into ketosis. Even if you don’t quite reach ketosis in the first 48 hours, you will reach it very shortly after the first two days.
What the First Phase of the Diet Allows
During the first 48 hours of the HCG diet, you can eat as much as you want, but you’re encouraged to minimize your carbohydrate consumption and focus on eating healthy fats, like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. You should try to limit your carb intake because eating lots of carbs will extend the amount of time it takes to reach ketosis, a natural state of your body consuming fat for fuel rather than carbohydrates.
What the Second Phase of the Diet Allows
During the second phase of the diet, you will be restricted to eating somewhere between 500 and 1,000 calories daily to facilitate safe, rapid weight loss. You’ll want to keep eating foods that are high in protein and fat to keep you in ketosis and feeling full. Most people keep breakfast simple with a high-protein, low-sugar bar or shake or an apple and a glass of tea.
Discover What We Can Do for You Today
If you are in the Bay Harbor, Miami, Coral Gables, or Sunny Isles area, and you want to learn more about the incredible benefits of Kybella treatments, please contact our fat removal experts at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL today. We are more than happy to tailor a treatment plan that suits your needs, whether that is simple injections or a combination of therapies, like HCG weight loss, CoolSculpting, and deoxycholic acid.