You eat healthy, you exercise, you take care of your body and skin but you can’t seem to get rid of that double chin. Many people who find it easy to tone their body and lose fat in their arms, legs, and abdominal area still can’t seem to get rid of that pesky turkey wattle. In fact, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 67% of people with a double chin were bothered by fullness under the chin.
What is Kybella and how does it work?
This is from Allergan (the same company that makes Botox and Juvéderm dermal fillers), the makers of Kybella:
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
You and your doctor will decide how many treatments you need. Once the desired aesthetic response is achieved with KYBELLA®, retreatment is not expected.
Essentially, KYBELLA® is made of this stuff, deoxycholic acid, that your body already makes. This deoxycholic acid is synthetic, but it works the same way—it breaks down and helps your body absorb those pesky fat cells FOR GOOD! That means, once you’re done with treatment, that’s it!
What’s the difference between KYBELLA® treatments and liposuction?
Liposuction is surgery. While it’s a one time shot, you’ll still have to go under general anesthesia, face the risk of infection, and you’ll likely have a longer recovery with more downtime…and you might have to wear one of these
KYBELLA® will likely take a few treatments (most people average 3, but anywhere from 2-6 treatments can be necessary), but the results are worth it! And while you’ll experience some swelling (okay, a lot of swelling) and maybe some injection site bruising, you won’t be down for the count like you will be with surgery. You can potentially leave the office and head right back to work…if you’re cool walking around with a pretty swollen chin. But hey, a swollen chin for a week, no recovery from surgery or facing potential risks with general anesthesia, and you don’t have to wear that ridiculous compression contraption!
What you can expect:
- 2-6 treatments, but most people average 3-4
- Treatments every 4-6 weeks
- A lot of swelling initially
- A little soreness, but little to no “recovery” time
How is the procedure done?
Your Skinjectables Master Injector will give you a cold compress to hold under your chin for several minutes to help numb the area a little and lessen the pain from the pinch of a very tiny needle. The KYBELLA® will be injected into several areas (usually 15-40 little injections) under the chin and along the upper neck depending on the anatomy of your chin, how much fat you have, and how it is dispersed. You’ll swell up pretty fast and it may feel heavy and strange when you swallow—don’t worry, you’re okay and that’s normal! After all the injections are complete, you will place the cold compress back on your chin to relieve any residual pain and then be on with your day! According to our tester, Kerri, she experienced a mild burning sensation, but nothing so uncomfortable that it wasn’t manageable.
For more information about KYBELLA®, the procedure, possible side effects, and before and after photos, click here to visit their website.
As always, you can ring us for more information or to set up your appointment 520.395.1245 or click here to book online.