A treatment capable of easily dissolving fat beneath the chin sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? Kybella, an injectable that can get rid of submental fullness, also known as a double chin, does just that. This treatment, offered at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL, can non-surgically improve the contour of your chin, helping you look younger and healthier.
How Does Kybella Work?
You’ve probably never heard of deoxycholic acid, but it’s the key to this treatment’s success. Deoxycholic acid is a type of bile acid that occurs naturally in the body. This acid breaks down and absorbs dietary fat. Kybella contains deoxycholic acid, and once it’s been injected that acid breaks down the fat beneath the chin while leaving surrounding cells intact. Over the next four to six weeks, your body will naturally dispose of those destroyed fat cells.
Is This a Permanent Solution?
Yes. One of the many advantages is that this treatment gets rid of fullness beneath the chin permanently. That means you won’t have to worry about returning for maintenance treatments or taking any other special steps to preserve your results. Some patients need as many as six treatments, each of which should be scheduled at least one month apart, to fully resolve their submental fullness.
What Are Treatments Like?
We’ll begin by mapping out the places on your upper neck where we’ll perform the injections. We may also apply a topical numbing cream so that you’re completely comfortable. The injections themselves take just a few minutes to perform. Afterward, you’ll be able to resume your normal schedule. Patients are asked to refrain from manipulating the injection sites, and avoid rigorous exercise, immediately following their appointment.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Because this treatment relies on the body to naturally dispose of the destroyed fat cells, your results will develop gradually over four to six weeks. The contours of your upper neck will gradually become noticeably sleeker and more defined. You’ll also notice that your chin will appear narrower, which will give your face a natural oval shape. The changes will be subtle, but they’ll be enough to give you a more youthful and healthy appearance.
Why Do I Have Submental Fullness?
Lifestyle factors and weight gain aren’t the only reasons why a patient experiences submental fullness, but they sometimes play a role. Eating conscientiously, exercising regularly, and adhering to a healthy lifestyle all help patients manage their weight. Long-term weight gain can contribute to submental fullness.
Maintaining good posture helps keep all of the body’s muscles, including those in the chin and neck, strong. If neck muscles are allowed to weaken, the neck skin can sag in a way that mimics the appearance of submental fullness.
As we age, our skin begins to lose collagen and elastins. As the skin in the neck area begins to loosen and sag, the area around the chin can take on a full appearance. Age-related weight gain can also contribute to submental fullness.
There can be a genetic component to submental fullness. If full chins run in your family, you may have one as well. Regardless of their age and lifestyle, some patients struggle with the “family chin” their whole lives.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
You’re Ready To Take Action Against Submental Fullness
Some of our patients have had submental fullness for as long as they can remember. Others developed it as part of the aging process. But all of our Kybella patients have one thing in common: They’re ready to take action and get rid of under-chin fullness. Patients who have grown frustrated with submental fullness say it ages their appearance and makes them look heavier.
They come to our practice for this treatment because they’re ready to feel great about themselves again.
You Have Moderate to Severe Fullness
Patients who seek this treatment out usually have a moderate to severe amount of fullness beneath the chin and see their profile improve significantly once it has been reduced.
Your Skin Is Still Elastic
The patients who often get the best results with this treatment have skin that is still fairly elastic, which allows it to adapt to the new shape of the chin. The amount of fat that develops beneath the chin is quite small, but having skin that retains elasticity helps.
You’re Not Being Fooled by Loose Skin
Submental fullness can be tricky to diagnose. Sometimes patients come to us seeking treatment for submental fullness, but what they’re struggling with is actually sagging skin beneath the chin. Kybella works on submental fullness, but it won’t remedy sagging neck skin. Our practice can properly diagnose your condition before treatment so you get the best results.
You’re Predisposed to the Condition
Patients who are genetically predisposed to submental fullness often see the best results with this treatment. If your submental fullness lingers even though you’ve been working out, eating right, and have lost weight, that could be a sign that you are genetically predisposed to this condition.
You’re in Good Health
The best patients are adults in good overall physical health and at a healthy weight. If you have had facial surgeries in the past or have surgery scheduled for the future, you may not be a candidate. This treatment also is not appropriate for individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who have trouble swallowing.
Your Skin Is in Good Shape
The skin around the injection site should also be healthy. If your neck skin is infected or inflamed, we may not be able to perform this treatment.
You Want a Convenient, Non-Invasive Solution
If you’re looking for treatments to combat submental fullness, you do have other options. Chief among them is liposuction, which our practice performs. Some patients, however, prefer a non-surgical solution. Kybella injections are performed in the comfort of our office with no anesthesia and no downtime, making it a convenient solution. Because treatments usually take less than one hour, some patients even schedule these sessions during their lunch hour.
You Understand the Treatment
Although this treatment offers amazing results, the improvement in your chin area will not be immediate. It takes several weeks after each appointment for submental fullness to begin subsiding. Individuals should understand the treatment process and be capable of being patient while their results develop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Submental Fullness Cause for Concern?
Although patients find the presence of submental fullness to be frustrating from a cosmetic standpoint, there is no medical reason to be concerned about it.
Is This a Safe Way To Treat Submental Fullness?
This injectable treatment has received FDA approval and has been safely and widely used to address submental fullness.
Can I Prevent Submental Fullness on My Own?
If you’re genetically predisposed to submental fullness, it may be difficult to ward it off completely. That’s why Kybella treatments are so popular. Maintaining a healthy weight and preserving overall muscle tone through regular exercise are steps you can take at home. Keeping up an at-home skincare routine with high-quality moisturizers and serums can also help maintain skin elasticity and health.
Is This Treatment Intended for Both Male and Female Patients?
Yes. Submental fullness is not just a concern that female patients have. Men struggle with this treatment just as frequently as women do. Fortunately, this injectable works well for both genders.
Can This Be Paired With Other Treatments?
Yes. Patients frequently come to us with several different cosmetic goals and concerns, and we design a custom treatment plan for each individual. Botox, dermal fillers, and HydraFacials are commonly sought out by our Kybella patients. We can advise you on how best to time various treatments.
How Can I Get Started?
If you’re interested in pursuing this revolutionary treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During this appointment, we’ll evaluate your chin and neck and determine whether submental fullness is the problem. We’ll also make a recommendation about how many treatments you may need. After this appointment, the next step will be for your to schedule your first treatment.
Take the First Step Today
Are you tired of struggling with submental fullness? Maybe it’s time to let Kybella work its magic. A series of in-office treatments can help patients in Bay Harbor Miami, Coral Gables, and Sunny Isles snuff out submental fullness. Call Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL, and schedule your consultation today!