You’ve worked hard watching what you eat and exercising regularly. The result is a healthier and trimmer you. If you’re still struggling with a double chin and have resigned yourself to there being nothing you can do about it, there is help. Kybella is the first and only FDA approved injectable to target and get rid of extra fat under your chin. The professionals at Medical Aesthetics of New England in MA can help you achieve your ideal jawline.
What Is Kybella?
Its active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body. Its function is to help breakdown and absorb dietary fat. With a targeted approach, it’s injected into the fat under the chin. There, it destroys the unwanted fat cells. Over time, your body eliminates those fat cells and you’re left with a leaner, more defined profile.
It is an easier solution to a double chin than liposuction, which can be extensive and require substantial downtime. Liposuction is effective in getting rid of unwanted fat, but isn’t as effortless as Kybella, which can be done in your dermatologist’s office. After your treatment, you can return to your normal routine, though you may want to give yourself a little social downtime.
What Causes a Double Chin?
The extra fat under your chin is known as submental fullness. Some people associate a double chin with being overweight, and while that can be one of the causes, many people of a healthy weight suffer from submental fullness.
Weight isn’t the only factor of a double chin—genetics can play a role. If one or both of your parents or other relative suffer from it, your chances of developing submental fullness increases. Aging can play a role. Hormonal changes can affect the way fat is distributed in your body. As your skin loses its elasticity, submental fat can accumulate under your chin.
Posture can be the culprit. We spend so much time hunched over a smartphone or looking down at our laptop with our chin down and shoulders slouched, this is contributing to people developing double chins. With extended exposure to this posture, the chances of you developing the appearance of a double chin increase.
Misconceptions About Submental Fullness
Despite articles and popular opinion, there is no evidence suggesting exercises can reduce or eliminate a double chin. That’s not to say if it’s caused by weight gain that losing the weight won’t help—it will. But if genetics or aging is the cause of your double chin, exercise isn’t likely to help.
Many “how-to” articles will describe certain mouth and jaw movements designed to eliminate a double chin. These exercises can only strengthen your muscles but don’t burn fat the way the advice promises.
The only clinically proven methods for eliminating this kind of fat are medical treatments, with Kybella leading the pack as the most effective while requiring the least amount of downtime.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Only a conversation with your doctor can determine your candidacy for this treatment. Your dermatologist will have a consultation with you to examine your areas of concern, learn about your lifestyle and medical history, and establish an appropriate and individualized plan to achieve the results you want.
The good news is nearly everyone with submental fullness is a good candidate for this treatment.
What to Expect
When you’re talking to your doctor, be sure to ask questions you have and voice any concerns so they can address them on the spot. There is little preparation to do before your appointment. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin or certain supplements a short time before your appointment to reduce or avoid bruising.
Beginning with a clean face, your doctor may mark the injection site and apply a topical anesthetic or ice packs to numb the area being treated. He or she will then administer a series of injections at the treatment site. You can plan on the treatment taking as little as 30 minutes. Downtime is minimal and is generally only social. Your ability to function in your normal routine will not be impacted.
Is Kybella Permanent?
The most exciting part of Kybella is results are typically permanent. Clients may need up to six treatments, at least one month apart, to achieve final results. When you lose weight, the size of the fat cells changes; but this treatment actually destroys them. This means your potential to gain weight again in that area is permanently reduced or eliminated.
The number of treatments needed is different for each client. In clinical studies, many clients saw visible results after two to four treatments. 59% of clients needed six treatments to achieve their desired outcomes. Remember, Kybella is permanent, so there is no expected need to repeat treatment.
Where Do I Receive Treatment?
It’s important to only get treatment from a reputable dermatologist’s office that is supervised by a highly-skilled doctor and a team of medical professionals. Do your research and look for offices that are board-certified and have a history of serving their communities.
Dermatologists are medical doctors who specialize in conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic medicine is uniquely qualified to serve clients looking for a broad range of solutions.
Call for a Consultation
If you’re wondering if Kybella is right for you and you’re in the Boston area, call the caring and professional team at Medical Aesthetics of New England. They are experts in innovative technology and the most effective treatments for any of your cosmetic concerns.