If you’re bothered by submental fullness or a “double chin,” you’re not alone. This stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise can make people feel self-conscious. At DrSkin Med Spa serving Gilbert, AZ, we’re proud to offer Kybella® injections to reduce double chins and sculpt a more youthful, contoured look.
What exactly is Kybella® and how does it work to get rid of double chins? Keep reading as we demystify this exciting treatment.
Kybella® is the brand name for synthetic deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body to aid fat absorption. When injected into fat beneath the chin, Kybella® destroys and dissolves those fat cells.
Kybella® was approved by the FDA in 2015 specifically for improving the appearance of submental fullness. Though sometimes called a “double chin injectable,” Kybella® is not a dermal filler. It works by permanently destroying fat cells in the treatment area.
Kybella® for Double Chin Reduction
Kybella® offers a nonsurgical way to eliminate submental fat, commonly called a double chin. Here’s how it works:
Using a grid-like pattern, our nurse injectors administer several small injections under the chin and along the jawline. Kybella® is injected directly into the fat tissue.
Fat Cell Destruction
The active ingredient in Kybella®, deoxycholic acid, lyses (ruptures) fat cell membranes. This damages the cell, releasing the fat inside. The released fat is then gradually cleared away by the body’s natural processes.
Permanent Fat Cell Removal
Once destroyed by Kybella®, those fat cells cannot store fat again. However, it’s important to maintain your weight, as untreated fat cells can still expand.
Improvements in contour and reduction of submental fullness are noticeable within 1-2 months as the body clears away the destroyed fat cells. Optimal results are visible around 3 months after final treatment.
The ideal Kybella® candidate is someone bothered by a double chin, but has good skin elasticity. Kybella® works for both men and women. It’s effective for individuals at a stable weight who have modest fat under the chin. Schedule a consultation at our Gilbert office to see if Kybella® is right for you.
What to Expect: The Kybella® Procedure
Wondering what it’s like to get Kybella® injections? Here’s an overview:
- A topical numbing cream is applied before injections to maximize comfort.
- Using a small needle, Kybella® is injected into the fat tissue under the chin and along the jawline.
- Patients experience a mild burning sensation with each injection. No anesthesia is required.
- Appointments take about 15-20 minutes. Some swelling is normal for several days post-treatment.
- A series of 2-4 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart is typical to achieve desired results.
What does Kybella® feel like?
Patients feel some mild stinging during injections. The numbing cream makes it well tolerated.
How many treatments are needed?
Most patients require 2-4 sessions, but your provider will advise you individually.
When will I see results?
Gradual improvements in contour occur over 1-3 months as your body clears the destroyed fat cells.
How long do results last?
Results are considered essentially permanent if your weight remains stable, as treated fat cells cannot return.
Does Kybella® work for everyone?
It’s most effective for patients with good skin elasticity and modest submental fat.
Is there downtime?
Minimal. Most patients resume normal activities immediately, though some temporarily limit strenuous exercise.
Kybella® Side Effects
Patients may experience temporary side effects like swelling, bruising, numbness, and firmness at the injection sites. These resolve within about 1 week. More serious side effects are very rare. Our knowledgeable staff will review all precautions, potential risks, and aftercare instructions at your consultation.
Kybella® Compared to Other Treatments
How does Kybella® stack up against alternative ways to treat double chins?
While both destroy fat cells permanently, liposuction is surgical while Kybella® is nonsurgical. Kybella® often provides more precise shaping with less downtime and risks.
These two non-surgical treatments work differently, with CoolSculpting freezing fat cells while Kybella® dissolves them. Kybella® generally provides longer-lasting results with gradual improvements.
Vs. Dermal Fillers
Unlike Kybella® which destroys fat cells, dermal fillers like Juvederm Voluma add volume under the skin. Fillers provide a temporary improvement while Kybella® is a permanent fat cell eliminator.
Why Choose DrSkin Med Spa for Kybella®?
When considering Kybella®, choosing an experienced provider is key. Our doctor, Dr. Rohit Jaiswal, is a board-certified dermatologist with specialized expertise in minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. He personally trains each nurse to deliver customized Kybella® treatments.
We use advanced techniques like smaller needles and precise injection patterns to provide the most comfortable Kybella® experience possible. Our goal is to reveal your most confident, youthful-looking self!
To learn more about Kybella® or schedule a private consultation at our Gilbert office, contact DrSkin Med Spa today.