Many adults notice more fullness developing below their chin as they get older. This stubborn fat deposit, commonly referred to as a double chin, can weigh down your face and make you appear older. Unfortunately, diet and exercise usually aren’t effective at targeting this tricky area. That’s where Kybella injections come in.
At Miia Medspa in Rowley, MA, we’re proud to offer this revolutionary fat-dissolving treatment to help create a slimmer, younger-looking profile that you’ll want to show off.
You probably have lots of questions about this one-of-a-kind treatment, and we’re here to answer them all. Learn the facts behind 10 of the most frequently asked questions about Kybella below.
1. What Is Kybella?
Kybella is the first and only injectable treatment to be FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe submental (under the chin) fullness in adults.
2. How Do Kybella Injections Work?
The main ingredient in Kybella — and what gives it its fat-dissolving abilities — is deoxycholic acid. This acid is a naturally occurring compound within your body that’s excreted by your liver to aid in the digestion of dietary fat. Remarkably, it behaves the same way when injected into the subcutaneous fat under your chin.
Once Kybella dissolves the unwanted fat cells, your body’s normal metabolic process flushes them out naturally.
3. Where Can I Use Kybella?
Many people assume that Kybella fat-dissolving injections can break down fat anywhere in the body. But currently, Kybella is only approved to treat the area under your chin. Its safety and efficacy have not been studied elsewhere on the body.
Kybella is still relatively new in the cosmetic world, so it’s possible that additional clearances may be given in the future. But for now, we only provide Kybella injections for non-surgical double chin removal.
4. Is Kybella Better than Liposuction?
Liposuction used to be the best way to get rid of stubborn fat deposits. But for many people, Kybella provides a more convenient, affordable, and less-invasive alternative to liposuction. Additionally, Kybella treatment is significantly quicker than liposuction and does not require any downtime or incision aftercare.
5. How Many Injections Are Necessary for Double Chin Removal?
The number of Kybella injections you’ll need depends on the size and severity of your double chin and how well your body responds to treatment. Most people need two to four treatment sessions to achieve their desired look. But you could require up to six injections, depending on your individual needs.
We will work with you to design a tailored treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns.
6. When Will I Start to See Results from My Kybella Treatment?
Early results from Kybella may start to appear after just one treatment, although most people need two sessions before they start seeing significant changes. Results tend to appear within two to four weeks after treatment and continue to improve for several weeks.
We usually schedule Kybella sessions six weeks apart. This means you should notice gradual changes between each appointment.
7. What Is Kybella Treatment Like?
Kybella treatment is a brief and comfortable process. Once you arrive at our office in Rowley, MA, we will guide you to a treatment room and make sure that you’re comfortable before we begin. We can apply a topical anesthetic if you prefer, but most people have no problem tolerating the treatment.
During your Kybella treatment, we make a series of small injections around your chin. Many people report feeling a warm sensation upon injection that subsides within a few minutes.
8. Does Kybella Tighten Loose Skin?
Kybella is only meant to dissolve submental fat. It is not a skin-tightening procedure. However, most people with moderate submental fullness and reasonably taut skin have no problem with their skin tightening up on its own.
People with severe submental fullness or skin laxity may be left with loose or sagging skin under their chin after receiving Kybella. But this shouldn’t stop you from seeking out treatment. If you do experience loose or sagging skin after treatment, we can address it with non-surgical skin tightening techniques like Morpheus8.
9. How Long Does Kybella Last?
Perhaps the biggest benefit of Kybella is that the results are permanent. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are permanently removed from your body and cannot return or store any fat. As long as you maintain a healthy weight, you can expect the results of Kybella to last a lifetime.
If you gain weight, new fat cells may form and accumulate under your chin. If this occurs, you could need additional treatments to address new submental fullness.
10. Who Is Kybella Right For?
Kybella fat-dissolving injections are right for most adults with moderate to severe submental fullness. You should be in good overall health and have no problems swallowing.
Kybella is not right for anyone who is pregnant, nursing, or suffering from a nerve injury or weakness in the lower face.
Schedule Your Kybella Consultation
If you’re ready to get rid of your double chin once and for all, we’re ready to help.
At Miia Medspa in Rowley, MA, we can determine whether you’re a good candidate for Kybella by scheduling a comprehensive consultation with you. A consultation is necessary for all of the treatments we offer and simply ensures that you’re getting the treatments that are right for you.
Reach out to us today to schedule your initial Kybella consultation at a time that works for you. We’re even open on Saturdays, so there’s no need to take any time out of your work day.