When you look in the mirror or see yourself in photographs, are you bothered by a certain part of your appearance? As you age, there are a number of changes that happen in your body that affect the way you look. We are often surprised by our profile in photos, since that is the view that we can’t see when we look at ourselves in the mirror. If you have a double chin that makes you feel heavier or older than you are, there is a treatment that could be right for you. Kybella is an injection that reduces the appearance of a double chin for a younger, slimmer profile without surgery. Keep reading to learn more about Kybella.
How Kybella Works
If you are bothered by submental fullness, better known as a double chin, it used to be that you either had to live with it, or have surgery to address it (usually liposuction). Now, you can ask your plastic surgeon about Kybella, an injection that is the only one of its kind to be approved by the FDA to destroy fat cells under your chin. Kybella is made of a synthetic deoxycholic acid, which acts to break down and absorb fat. When it is injected into the double chin area, it helps to minimize the fat there and give you a more contoured profile. Kybella treatments give similar results as liposuction, but does not involve surgery. If you have a double chin and very loose or hanging skin, a facelift may be a better option. This is something than can best be determined at your consult with Dr. Bash.
What to Expect from Treatment
Once you and Dr. Bash have determined that Kybella is right for you, she will design a treatment plan. During each session, you’ll receive a series of small injections under your chin that will help reduce the appearance of fullness. Most patients do well with just 2 treatments, each about 6-8 weeks apart. Some patients will require a 3 rd treatment. Patients will experience mild swelling under the chin for about a week, with some numbness and sometimes a small amount of redness and mild discomfort. One of the major benefits of Kybella is that since fat cells are destroyed, your double chin should not grow back and you should not need maintenance treatments once you are happy with your results.