What is Kybella?
Kybella has become an extremely popular way to get rid of a double chin. Mesotherapy involves injecting a drug made up of fat-dissolving substances into the chin/neck region. Deoxycholic acid, known as Kybella, is the drug where your chosen provider injects into the bottom of your chin to reduce your unwanted double chin. In general, a person can have up to 6 treatments with a month in between. The results from Kybella can usually be seen in around 4 to 6 weeks. One such popular choice is the simple fact that once the deoxycholic acid destroys the fat cells, it can no longer store new cells in that area.
How does Kybella work?
When injected into the fat under the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. The active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Once destroyed, these cells are no longer able to store or accumulate fat, so no further treatment is expected once the desired aesthetic goal is reached.
Treatment can only be administered by a Kybella-trained healthcare specialist. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under the chin, and the injection process takes 15-20 minutes. Results are seen approximately 4 to 6 weeks after treatment.
Since each person’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your doctor will help you determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat. Personal treatment goals each Kybella treatment session is administered at least 1 month apart.
Risks and Side Effects
Side effects are usually temporary and often resolve on their own. The most common side effects occur in the treatment area and include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, areas of hardness, tingling, itching, skin tightness, and headache. Less common possible side effects include nerve injuries in the jaw, which can temporarily cause an uneven smile or weak facial muscles (4 out of 100 people in clinical studies) and difficulty swallowing (2 out of 100 people in clinical studies). In clinical studies, the nerve injury to the jaw resolved on its own in a median of 44 days (range 1 to 128 days), while the difficulty swallowing resolved itself in a median of 3 days (range 1 to 81 days) observed include erosion of the skin and loss of small strands of hair in treated areas.
Benefits of Kybella
It Can Help Reduce or Erase a Double Chin:
The synthetic deoxycholic acid in the injection destroys the walls of any fat cells it comes in contact with within the chin, neck, and jaw. The fat cells can then no longer absorb fat and are converted into waste, metabolized, and eliminated as the body absorbs the fat. This process leads to a reduction or disappearance of a double chin.
It Has a Lower Risk of Adverse Reactions:
There is a lower risk of a side effect from Kybella when compared to other treatments that target double chins. The deoxycholic acid used in the treatment occurs naturally in the body, so the body is more likely to accept the treatment with no side effects. With this treatment, you can achieve the same results as surgical intervention, without the increased risk of serious complications or long recovery time.
It’s Not Painful:
Although the submental area is a sensitive area to treat, this minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment is relatively painless. You may feel a slight sensation of heat during the treatment session. However, a numbing cream can be applied to the area before the injection and ice may be applied after the injection to treat any discomfort you may experience.
It Can Result in a Younger Appearance:
Thanks to the ability of deoxycholic acid to break down the walls of fat cells and prevent them from storing fat, the appearance of a double chin can be reduced or erased. This gives the submental area more definition which allows you to look slimmer and rejuvenated, take the look of years off your face and look better than ever with this treatment!
It is a Non-Invasive Process:
Neck lifts and liposuction can be used to treat a double chin, but these surgical procedures carry more risks than this treatment. Other treatments often require general anesthesia as well, introducing another set of risks. As a non-invasive treatment, Kybella has fewer risks and fewer considerations to take into account when deciding whether treatment is the right step for you. Despite the lower risks, you can achieve the same results as invasive surgeries and procedures!
It Is a Quick Process:
The process of administering this treatment is fast; typically the patient is there no longer than 30 minutes to an hour. On average, in a treatment session, a patient will receive between twenty and fifty injections under the chin per treatment, however, the number of injections received may vary depending on the amount of fat under the chin and the result of the desired profile. Some people may need additional treatment sessions, but any subsequent treatment session will be just as quick and easy.
It Has Long-Lasting Results:
Because this treatment destroys fat cells in the target area, the area lacks cells to accumulate fat. The maximum results of the treatment are seen six months after the last treatment. You do not need any further sessions or touch-ups because the fat cells destroyed by the deoxycholic acid cannot regenerate.
This treatment gives you a fresh start! You can follow certain guidelines to ensure that no new fat cells develop below your chin so you can maintain the results of your treatment.
Best Cosmetic Procedure to Get Rid of Double Chin
Kybella is one of the best cosmetic procedures available to get rid of your double chin, and it is one of the services offered at Refresh Aesthetics. If you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your candidacy for this transformative procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact us.