Up to 47% of the United States population suffers from the dreaded double chin, which is also called submental fat. Fat builds up under the chin due to dietary insufficiencies, genetics, and/or lack of physical activity. By eating better and engaging in regular exercise, some patients can reduce or even eliminate that stubborn chin fat. However, for patients who cannot, Kybella® may be the answer.
What is Kybella®?
Kybella® is a treatment administered via an injection to treat excess submental fat. Kybella® is made of deoxycholic acid, which is injected directly into the chin’s fat deposits to disintegrate the fat cells. These destroyed fat cells are absorbed by the body, never to return again, making Kybella® a permanent treatment.
What will my Kybella® treatment be like?
Kybella® should only be injected by a trained medical professional. Review your medical history with your practitioner before beginning treatment. You should not receive Kybella® injections if you:
- Have an infection at the treatment site
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
- Have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners
- Have medical conditions or recent surgery on the face, neck, or chin
- Have trouble swallowing
A Kybella® treatment session only takes 15-20 minutes. You may receive up to six treatment sessions to gain your desired silhouette. Kybella® treatments should be given at least one month apart.
What are Kybella®’s side effects?
The most common side effects of Kybella® are swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and hard areas at the treatment sites. Some rare, but severe side effects that are possible with Kybella® treatments are:
- Nerve injury in the jaw
- Trouble swallowing
- Necrosis at the injection sites
- Open sores at the injection sites
If you experience any of these more severe side effects after a Kybella® treatment, contact your doctor immediately.
How long will I need to recover?
Since Kybella® is a non-invasive procedure, you can get back to your life quickly, in some cases even the same day. All side effects should resolve within a few days, giving you plenty of time to admire your new neckline before your next treatment.
At Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center in Clearwater, our aesthetic professionals have helped patients just like you treat embarrassing chin fat with Kybella®. Call us at (727) 799-7000 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for Kybella® treatments today.