Whether it’s a little extra padding or a full double-chin, excess fat cells under the chin are an unwanted accessory nobody wants to add to their appearance. So, what do you do when you want to eliminate excess chin fat? You turn to a solution that works. At Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX we know that Kybella is a reliable, safe, and effective treatment for destroying fat cells under the chin.
How Does Kybella Destroy Fat Cells Under the Chin?
Kybella is a non-surgical treatment that is injected into the tissues beneath the chin, which is where submental excess fat is stored. This treatment works with your body’s natural abilities to destroy fat cells beneath the chin and produce a firmer, more defined appearance to the jaw. How Kybella does this is by utilizing one very important ingredient – deoxycholic acid.
The Magic Ingredient: Deoxycholic Acid
While it might seem like this treatment works like magic, the truth is that this treatment relies on a key active ingredient to dissolve, eliminate, and permanently destroy fat cells beneath the chin. Deoxycholic acid is naturally-occurring bile acid found in the human body that is used to absorb and eliminate fat during the metabolic process. However, the human body does not make enough of this bile acid naturally, and if it does, then there is no guarantee about what areas of the body will receive the acid.
This treatment uses a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid to target undesired pockets of fat, particularly those under the chin, in order to dissolve and destroy fat cells. What this means is that this magic ingredient can be placed in the exact area it is needed to produce your desired appearance.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
You will require a few treatment sessions for optimal results from this treatment. The majority of patients have about 2 sessions, spaced 1 to 3 months apart. Your first treatment session will include multiple units of deoxycholic acid injected into targeted areas of treatment; after several weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment that will assess how well you are responding to treatment and provide you with additional injections, where needed, to achieve desired results.
Is This Treatment Permanent?
Yes! This treatment is intended to be long-lasting, and in most cases, permanent. This is because when the deoxycholic acid injection destroys fat cells beneath the chin, it destroys them for good with 100% certainty.
Why Does This Treatment Last So Long?
Each person is born with a predetermined number of fat cells within the body. Fat cells do not reproduce, meaning you cannot grow new fat cells after others have been destroyed. Any fat cells that are remaining can, of course, swell and store more fat as a result of weight gain, but there is no possibility of new fat cells developing in the area of treatment.
How Can You Prolong Results?
The easiest way to ensure your results last for as long as possible is to manage your weight. Controlling your body weight removes the opportunity for new fat to be stored in any remaining fat cells beneath the chin. Extreme weight gain will likely undo the results of this treatment. If you are on medication that causes weight gain, then you may want to speak with your doctor about alternative treatments. You can prolong results by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
What Causes Fat Under the Chin?
One of the most frustrating things about fat beneath the chin is the fact that it doesn’t behave like the fat on the rest of your body. Submental fat is unique in that even the thinnest, healthiest people can have fat beneath the chin. The cause of fat beneath the chin varies from person to person, but the three most common causes include:
Just as the number of fat cells you have is determined by genetics, so is the way those fat cells store fat. Genetics play a very large role in how your body stores energy during metabolism, meaning some people are more likely to store fat than others. You excess chin fat may be genetic if you notice other members of your immediate blood family also have double-chins.
Your overall body weight is also a cause of fat beneath the chin. If you are heavier than you’d like to be, it’s likely that you may be storing excess fat under the chin. Sudden excess weight gain can cause the development of chin fat, and because submental fat is also adipose tissue, the normal rules of weight loss may not be enough to shed fat in this area.
Your lifestyle habits may make you more likely to store fat beneath your chin. Diets that are rich in sugars and fatty foods make it easier to gain weight and store fat. Having high alcohol consumption also makes it easier to store excess fat. If you do not exercise regularly enough to eliminate excess calories, then your metabolism will be slower and your body will be more likely to store fat.
Fortunately, regardless of the cause of your unwanted excess fat beneath the chin, this treatment can dissolve and destroy all desired submental fat.
Benefits of Kybella
There are several benefits to this treatment. Aside from this treatment’s reliability in eliminating fat beneath the chin, other benefits of this treatment include:
Noninvasive and Nonsurgical
This is a noninvasive and nonsurgical treatment. What this means for patients is that this is a simple outpatient treatment that can be easily completed in our clinic in as little as 30 to 60 minutes. The fact that this treatment is nonsurgical is appealing for patients who do not want to endure the long recovery associated with liposuction on the neck, which is the surgical alternative to this treatment.
Virtually Zero Downtime
Because this is a non-invasive treatment, there is very little downtime associated with recovery. The majority of patients recover from this treatment within 48 hours and are free to return to most normal daily activities, including work and errands. There are some restrictions that need to be followed for 2 weeks after treatment, such as avoiding vigorous exercise or strenuous movement.
Naturally Derived Treatment
Although the deoxycholic acid used in this treatment is synthetic, it is mimicked after deoxycholic acid that is found naturally in the body. What this means for patients is that there is very little risk of unintended side effects or allergic reactions as a result of treatment.
The main benefit of this treatment is its ability to improve your overall appearance. Excess submental fat can make you appear heavier or older than you are, which can be detrimental to your self-confidence. This treatment swiftly and cleanly eliminates the problematic area of your appearance and will leave you looking younger and thinner than before.
Some patients seek this treatment for the sole purpose of restoring the definition to the chin and jaw area. Excess fat beneath the chin pads the lower facial bones, which can make your face look wider than it is, especially around the jaw. This treatment dissolves fat cells to narrow your jaw and redefine the line of your jaw, chin, and upper neck.
Safe and Effective
This treatment is FDA approved for safety and effectiveness, which means it has passed rigorous clinical trials and testing. You can rest assured that this treatment will safely improve your appearance with very little risk to your overall health.
What to Expect From Treatment
Many patients are curious about what they can expect from treatment. From start to finish, your actual treatment appointments will take about half an hour – but there are some steps before and after treatment that you should be prepared to follow. These steps include:
You will need to attend a consultation appointment to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. At this initial appointment, we will examine the excess fat beneath your chin, discuss reasonable expectations for treatment, and go over your appearance-related goals. We will gather some information about you, such as your general medical history, any drug allergies you may have, and any previous treatments you have had for chin fat.
Prior to your treatment, you will be given a list of pre-treatment instructions to follow to help prepare you for your treatment appointment. Pre-treatment instructions will include:
- Stop taking certain supplements, such as Omega 3s
- Avoid alcohol
- Decrease salt intake
- Drink plenty of water
Please wash your face prior to your treatment appointment and pull hair back from your face or neck. Because this is a non-surgical treatment, you will not need to arrange for transportation after your appointment is complete.
Your treatment will begin with a topical numbing cream applied to the sterilized treatment area. After the numbing cream has gone into effect, you will be given a series of injections on the submental fat beneath your chin by one of our skilled technicians. Depending on how many injections are necessary to produce desired results, your appointment may take a little more time.
Once your treatment appointment is complete, you will be given post-treatment instructions to follow during your immediate recovery time. Post-treatment instructions will include:
- Cleaning and icing directions
- Advice to sleep with head elevated
- Avoid blood-thinning medications
- Do not take certain supplements, such as Vitamin E
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco products
- Do not go into direct sunlight
- Avoid excess sweating and strenuous movement
We may give you additional instructions to follow after your treatment, such as over-the-counter medications you can take. We will likely schedule your follow-up appointment, usually within 4 to 8 weeks.
The results for this treatment have a gradual onset, which means you may not notice results for several weeks. On average, most patients notice a reduction of chin fat within 8 to 12 weeks following the initial appointment. The full results of this treatment generally appear after about 6 months, which is when the deoxycholic acid finally eliminates the submental fat.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The majority of adult patients who want to reduce the amount of fat beneath the chin make good candidates for this treatment. There are very few medical restrictions for this treatment, aside from being pregnant or breastfeeding. You are likely a good candidate if you want to:
- Appear slimmer
- Look younger
- Redefine jaw and chin
- Eliminate double chin
- Boost confidence
Eliminate Double Chin With Kybella!
Having excess fat beneath the chin, no matter how mild, isn’t something you need to make peace with. It’s time to redefine your jawline and your appearance by eliminating unwanted excess fat beneath the chin with Kybella! If you think this treatment is right for you, please contact Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX to schedule your consultation appointment today!