Do you feel self-conscious about having fullness under your chin? Have you noticed that you still have a double chin even after losing weight in the rest of your body? Fullness under the chin is a problem that many people have even when they are at their ideal weight. While there are effective surgical procedures that can help remove fat from under the chin, many people are not interested in surgery.
At Miia Medspa, we offer a non-surgical solution to fullness under the chin called Kybella. It is a long-lasting solution that can be right for many people who are seeking a less invasive double chin removal treatment.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is an injectable product that is FDA-approved for use in the submental area to reduce fat and create a better chin and jaw profile. The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid. This acid is a substance that can be naturally found in the human body. It is used by the digestive system to break down any fat that you consume so that your body can digest it more easily. The synthetic deoxycholic acid in Kybella breaks down fat cells in the injection area. Over several treatments, it can reduce submental fullness.
What Is Submental Fullness and What Causes It?
Submental fullness is fat that collects under the chin. In many individuals, submental fullness, or a double chin is something that is genetic. Even if you are in good shape, it is still possible to have fat that collects in this area. Submental fullness can also be caused by aging or weight gain. Double chins can be difficult to remove through weight loss or targeted exercises leading many to search for alternative solutions.
How Does Kybella Work?
In the same way that deoxycholic breaks down dietary fat in your digestive system, it also works as an injection to target and break down fat cells under your chin. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they are no longer able to collect and store fat. Destroyed fat cells are then cleared away by your lymphatic system. Once these fat cells are gone, they will not return, making Kybella a permanent solution to submental fat.
What to Expect From Our Kybella Injections
The first step with any Kybella treatment at our clinic is a consultation to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. Our consultations will also help you to become more comfortable at our med spa and to have the chance to ask any questions that you have about the treatment.
During the treatment, we will clean the area under your chin to prepare it for the injections. We may apply a grid on the underside of your chin to help us know exactly where to inject the formula during your treatment. We can apply numbing cream to the area to help increase your comfort. Many patients don’t need numbing cream because of the small size of the needle. During the treatment, you can expect to feel a burning sensation from the formula itself in your submental region.
Downtime is not required after the treatment. However, swelling and soreness are common and expected as the deoxycholic acid begins killing fat cells and your body responds to the treatment. Depending on your level of comfort with the swelling and redness at the injection site, you can go back to normal activities.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Everyone has different amounts of fat under their chin as well as different goals for the removal of submental fat. Because of this, treatment sessions can range from 1 to 6 with a high percentage of people getting two or three. The number of treatment sessions will be discussed during your consultation and can be revised as progress is seen toward your aesthetic goals.
Treatments will need to be spaced out to allow the previous session to work and to give your body time to heal. Sessions will be scheduled between 4 and 8 weeks apart for maximum effect.
Are You a Good Candidate for Kybella Treatments?
You will always need to talk to your doctor to find out whether you are a good candidate for Kybella treatments. Typically, good candidates are those with moderate submental fullness who want to have a more defined chin and jawline without surgery. Good candidates are also those who are in good overall health and who don’t have any infections or irritations on the skin in the submental area. Patients should also not have any sensitivities or allergies to the ingredients in Kybella.
Who Can Give Kybella Injections?
Kybella can only be injected by those who are specially trained to do the injections. A Kybella-trained specialist will know exactly where to administer fat dissolving injections, carefully avoiding glands and muscles.
Where Else Can Kybella Be Administered?
Kybella is only FDA-approved for use in double chin removal. However, it can sometimes be used in other small areas of the body to help dissolve fat. Ask your doctor about any off-label use of Kybella injections.
Fat Dissolving Injections in Rowley, MA
Fat under the chin can be very difficult to address through diet and exercise and it can be a point of self-consciousness for many individuals. While submental fullness is normal and common as you age or experience changes in weight, Kybella is a treatment that can give you more confidence in the appearance of your chin. At Miia Medspa, confidence is something that we want all of our patients to have. That is why we offer Kybella as one of our treatments in Rowley, MA. Contact us today to schedule your Kybella consultation.