Are you one of the millions of Americans frustrated with your stubborn double chin? You’re far from alone; in fact, the majority of Americans will develop a double chin at some point in their lives. Luckily, modern body sculpting techniques can melt away even the most persistent double chin without the need for invasive surgery. At World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd, PA, we offer one of the most popular treatments for a double chin. Called Kybella, it’s a minimally invasive, FDA-approved, injectable treatment that can melt away the fat that forms a double chin in a matter of months.
10 Things to Know About Kybella
1. It Works Thanks to Natural Body Chemistry
Kybella is actually the brand name for a synthetic form of a compound called deoxycholic acid. This is a bile acid that is produced naturally in the human body, where it works to break down dietary fat in the digestive system.
When the synthetic version is injected into the fat under that makes up a double chin, also called submental fat, it works in much the same way, breaking down the fat cells for reabsorption into the body. Because deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the human body, just about everyone tolerates the Kybella treatment well.
2. The Results Are Permanent
In order to understand why this treatment works so well, we first must understand how our fat cells work. The human body almost never creates new fat cells after we exit adolescence. In fact, in adulthood, the number of fat cells in our bodies stays about the same. When we gain weight, more fat is stored in our fat cells, causing them to expand. When we lose weight, the nutrients stored in our fat cells are used up and the cells shrink.
This is why deoxycholic acid’s ability to destroy the fat cells that form a double chin is so effective: once those fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. There are fewer cells in the area to store fat, making the results of your treatment permanent. The only reason a double chin might return after treatment is significant weight gain. Deoxycholic acid treatments do not destroy all the fat cells in the targeted area, so those left over can still expand. Beyond that, the results of your treatment should last for years to come.
3. Treatments Are Quick and Simple
Each Kybella treatment consists of a series of deoxycholic acid injections directly into the fat that makes up a double chin. When you visit our office for treatment, the first thing our professional practitioners will do is apply a numbing agent to the area of treatment. Then, they will mark each injection site with a marker before injecting them with a thin needle. Thanks to the tiny size of the needle and the numbing agent, the most you’ll feel is a slight pinch.
Treatments usually consist of between 20 and 30 injections, although the number can go as high as 50 depending upon the size of the targeted area and each person’s individual goals. The entire process takes just 15 to 20 minutes, and when it’s finished, you can go right back to your daily routine. There’s no need for any recovery time, and you can even get this treatment during your lunch hour and head right back to work when it’s done.
4. There’s No Need to Prepare
When it comes to surgical procedures like liposuction, patients are often required to fast for 12 hours or otherwise prepare their bodies for invasive surgery and anesthesia. Not so with this treatment. Because of its minimally invasive nature, there’s no need to prepare yourself prior to coming to our office to receive treatment. The only suggestion is to avoid over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen prior to treatment, as they can contribute to bruising. This is entirely optional, though.
5. Results Develop Over Time
The results of your treatment are not instantaneous. They take some time to develop. The deoxycholic acid first has to attack and destroy the fat cells before natural bodily processes remove them over time and eliminate them from the body. Some people will begin to see a reduction in their submental fat around three to four weeks after their first treatment. Others might not see results at all until after their second treatment. Once you start to notice your results, you can expect them to continue to improve for weeks or even months after, depending on the number of treatments you receive.
There is a hidden benefit to the results taking time to develop. As fat is slowly flushed away by the body, your skin’s natural elasticity will cause it to mold itself to the new contours of your jawline. Surgical procedures that remove a lot of fat in one sitting can often result in loose or sagging skin, but that’s rarely the case with this treatment. It should be noted, however, that this treatment does not firm the skin in the targeted area of treatment.
6. Most People Receive More Than One Treatment
Most people who undergo deoxycholic acid treatments will go through a course of them rather than just undergoing a single treatment. The number of treatments you’ll need depends upon your own aesthetic goals and the size of the area targeted for treatment. People with more submental fat may require more treatments to achieve their goals and vice versa. In addition, each individual responds to the treatment differently. For some, two or three treatments may do what six treatments will do for someone else.
No matter how many treatments you have, they must be spaced at least one month apart. This allows the deoxycholic acid from the prior treatment to do its job and be flushed completely out of the targeted area. The number of treatments each individual can have is capped at six, so if you decide that this is the treatment for you, you should be prepared to have one treatment per month for half a year. Luckily, each treatment is short, so you shouldn’t have to struggle to fit it into your schedule. In clinical trials, 59% of patients required the full course of six treatments to achieve their desired results.
7. It’s Only Approved for Use on a Double Chin
One of the most common questions about Kybella is if it can be used to target and melt away other stubborn pockets of body fat. Unfortunately, as of now, it’s only FDA-approved for use on double chins. Studies are being conducted to find out if it’s safe to use it in other areas, but for now, it can only be injected into submental fat.
This is due to the fact that, if improperly injected, deoxycholic acid can attack cells other than fat cells. This is also why it’s vital to only receive this treatment from a trained practitioner. While this treatment is limited to double chins for now, there are other body sculpting treatments, like SculpSure and SmartLipo, that do an excellent job of targeting stubborn fat on other parts of the body.
8. It’s Suitable for Most People
The ideal candidate for Kybella is someone who is in good overall shape and leads a healthy lifestyle but can’t seem to kick their stubborn double chin. For these candidates, this treatment can make a noticeable difference in their appearance, giving them a smoother jawline and slimmer profile. In addition, people who already lead healthy lifestyles are more likely to maintain their results over time.
As mentioned above, this treatment makes a noticeable difference but does not melt away all the fat cells in the treated area, so the remaining cells can still expand in the event of weight gain. People who would have to overhaul their lifestyle to avoid weight gain in the future are less likely to maintain their results. That said, you by no means have to be a workout warrior to undergo this treatment. In fact, there are only a handful of conditions that prevent someone from being a good candidate for deoxycholic acid treatments.
9. Some Conditions Prevent People From Being Good Candidates
While this is a suitable treatment for most people who want to melt away a double chin, it won’t work for everyone. First and foremost, it must be noted that this is not a weight-loss treatment. While it does melt fat, most people will not see any change in the number on their scale. If you want to lose weight for health reasons, you should speak to your doctor about a diet and exercise plan that works for you.
In addition, this treatment is not suitable for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. This isn’t because it’s dangerous to pregnancy but because simply not enough studies have been done to know whether it’s 100% safe. If you are pregnant or may become pregnant during the course of your treatment, which may be up to six months, you should wait until after pregnancy for your treatment.
Finally, not all double chins are the result of submental fat. As we age, our skin and muscle lose elasticity. This can result in sagging skin or muscle that can create the appearance of a double chin. Conditions like retrogenia, in which the chin bone is small or recessed, can also create the appearance of a double chin. In these cases, the double chin is not caused by submental fat, so a deoxycholic acid treatment would not work.
10. Most Patients Are Satisfied With Their Results
While results from this treatment can vary from person to person, the fact is that the vast majority of those who undergo it come away very satisfied and happier with their appearance. According to Kybella’s website, 79% of people in a clinical study were more satisfied with their appearance twelve weeks after their final treatment, when their results had had plenty of time to develop.
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According to a 2015 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67% of Americans are bothered by the appearance of excess fat under their chin or jawline. A quick, easy treatment that can melt away a stubborn double chin might sound too good to be true, but Kybella is the only injectable treatment for a double chin that’s backed by the FDA. In just a few months, you can have a slimmer, younger-looking profile and the confidence boost that goes along with it. If you’d like to learn more, call World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd, PA to schedule your initial consultation today!