Aggravated by extra fullness under your chin? Frustrated because even your best efforts do little to reduce it? If so, Kybella might be the treatment option that’s right for you. It’s a first-of-its-kind, newly approved FDA drug that destroys fat cells under the chin. In this post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about it, so that you can make an educated, informed decision in regards to possibly undergoing treatment.
Submental fullness, commonly known as “double chin”, is a condition associated with extra subcutaneous fat in the areas under and around the chin. It’s often undertreated despite estimates of between 60-80% of people being concerned or bothered by it. This is largely due to lack of available treatment options. Until Kybella became FDA approved in April of 2015, there really were none out there.
The active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps get rid of dietary fat. In regards to the treatment of double chin, it works to destroy stubborn fat cells. This is a revolutionary concept in that other treatment options, such as diet and exercise, only offered a decrease in size of fat cells. While results might have been seen, fat cells would always return to their normal size and the double chin would still be present.
Kybella treatments begin with your cosmetic surgeon examining the area under your chin. The amount of subcutaneous fat present determines how your treatment plan will be tailored to meet your aesthetic needs. Often times, treatment might need to be administered on multiple occasions for full results to be seen. This is something that’s always determined by you and your cosmetic surgeon.
Once a plan is in place, Kybella will be administered via multiple small injections under the chin. They produce minimal pain or discomfort. Side effects might occur, but will gradually go away. They will be discussed by your cosmetic surgeon. Results following treatment can occur in a very short period of time; however, as previously mentioned, multiple treatments might be needed for maximum results. They’re spaced out over a period of at least one month. Six treatments are the maximum that can be had.
Kybella is shown to visibly decrease or eliminate the appearance of a double chin. Case studies have shown that 79% of patients treated with Kybella had improved satisfaction with the appearance of their face and area under their chin 12 weeks after their last treatment. Patient testimonials include statements of increased confidence and happiness, and improved self perception. Patients have also reported feeling less embarrassed, overweight, and self conscious.
Kybella is a safe, FDA approved, and non invasive treatment to get rid of unwanted fat under the chin. It’s produced proven results and positive patient testimonials. If you have an unwanted double chin that won’t seem to go away, it’s recommended that you arrange a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon to see if Kybella might be right for you.