Trying to get rid of a double chin can be a frustrating process. That stubborn area of fat often doesn’t respond to diet and weight loss efforts, leaving people feeling helpless and self-conscious about their appearance. Roughly two-thirds of people say that they worry about having a double chin, making it a very common concern.
Fortunately, there is one injectable on the market that is FDA-approved to target fat in this area. KYBELLA is an effective way to reduce double chins, giving people the slim look they want. At Luminescence Aesthetic Medicine, we’ve seen many patients who love the results they get from this unique solution. Here’s what you need to know about KYBELLA and what it can do for you.
Surgical procedures used to be the only effective medical treatment to reduce a double chin. But in 2015, the FDA approved a new injectable product that changed that for good.
The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid. That may sound intimidating, but it’s a substance that’s already made naturally in the body. Deoxycholic acid is used to break down fats in the food you eat, and now science has harnessed that ability in an innovative way.
KYBELLA is injected, using tiny needles, in precise locations in the fatty area under your chin. It then goes to work breaking down fat cells by destroying the cell walls. Once the cells have been destroyed, the body naturally sweeps them away. The result is a slim, sleek look that lasts.
The side effects of KYBELLA are generally mild, and most patients can return to normal activity right away. You can expect to see some minor bruising, swelling, redness, and possibly numbness. Swelling is most noticeable two to four days after treatment, but all side effects usually resolve on their own. You can use ice packs and over-the-counter medicine to reduce discomfort and swelling.
Some people see full results with a single session, while others need two to four sessions to get the look they want. Because the breakdown of fat cells is a gradual process, you should see significant results within two to three weeks, so treatment sessions should be scheduled at least 30 days apart so you have a good idea of what the area looks like before you proceed with more treatment.
Unlike surgery, there is virtually no scarring with KYBELLA. The injection site is undetectable after healing.
The fat cells that have been destroyed by KYBELLA are gone for good. Once these cells have been broken down and cleared away by the body, they cannot return. There will be some remaining fat cells in the area, so if you gain a significant amount of weight, those cells can get bigger, making the area look a bit more full.
It may take some patients a couple of months to see the full effect of the treatment, but you can be assured that the results will last. As long as you maintain a healthy weight, your new, slim jawline is here to stay.
If you’re interested in KYBELLA or any of the other services we offer, please reach out to us to book a consultation so we can work with you to come up with a treatment plan you’ll love. At Luminescence, our passion is helping people feel great about themselves, and we’d love to show you what we can do for you. See us today!
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