If you’ve been trying to get rid of that pesky double chin but exercise and dieting haven’t been helping, Kybella could be the way to go. It’s simple, affordable, and doesn’t involve any incisions – yet it can still radically improve the appearance of your chin. Let’s have a closer look at how Kybella works and how long it takes for full results to become apparent.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for moderate to severe double chins. A synthetic form of deoxycholic acid – a naturally occurring molecule that helps to break down fat in your body – is injected several times into the area below your chin. These injections destroy the fat cells that are responsible for your double chin. Because the cells themselves are taken out of action, they can no longer store fat – meaning that you don’t need regular treatments to maintain your new look.
It’s an ideal procedure for people who haven’t been able to get rid of their double chin through dieting or exercise. It’s also a great alternative if you’d prefer not to commit to something as drastic as surgery. The best patients have good skin tone and tightness, but patients with sagging skin will also benefit from it. Common side-effects include mild pain, swelling, redness or bruising around the injection site. It’s much quicker and easier than liposuction, and generally involves very little downtown during recovery.
When Will I See Results?
Full results are usually seen after two to four treatments, depending on how much fat needs to be removed. These treatments are usually spaced four to six weeks apart. Side-effects such as swelling can take anywhere between two days and three weeks to resolve, again depending on how extensive your procedure was. These side-effects are usually more noticeable after the first injection, because your body’s immune system becomes more accustomed to the injections over time.
The final result can continue to improve for months after your final treatment, as fat is absorbed away from your neck and increased collagen production causes your skin to become more taut and youthful.
Any swelling, bruising, or residual pain is usually mild enough that you can go straight back to work if you want to. You might prefer to spend a day or two at home to avoid nosy colleagues, however. (Or you could ask your doctor to perform the injection on a Friday!)
How Do I Find The Right Doctor?
You can find medical practitioners from a range of backgrounds who offer Kybella treatments. Because this procedure has a considerable impact on your appearance, it’s best to find an experienced doctor with a good sense of overall facial aesthetics. This will help ensure that you’re happy with your results.
Dr. Siegel is an experienced facial plastic surgeon based in Houston. To find out more about Kybella and what it involves, contact him today!