When we have submental fat underneath the chin, commonly referred to as a double chin, the entire facial profile can feel off and imbalanced. Most people are familiar with the surgical procedures available that can reduce the appearance of this stubborn fat, but not as many know about the noninvasive option, an injectable called Kybella.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is an injectable that is the first and only of its kind to be FDA-approved for treating submental chin fat. This revolutionary formula uses synthetic deoxycholic acid to destroy the fat cells, which the body naturally removes over the course of a few months. The results are permanent and noticeable.
How does Kybella work?
Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When the Kybella formula is injected into the fat underneath the chin, its synthetic deoxycholic acid components immediately begin destroying the fat cells, preventing them from being able to store or accumulate more fat.
What can I expect during a Kybella treatment?
A medical doctor or certified injection specialist will administer the Kybella through numerous small injections to the area. The entire session takes between 15 and 20 minutes, and is virtually painless. Patients require no downtime, and may return to their usual activities following treatment. Most people can expect to need 2 to 4 Kybella treatments total.
Are Kybella results permanent?
While the fat cells that Kybella destroys are permanently gone, and not able to further store or accumulate more fat, this does not necessarily mean that the results are permanent. New fat cells may form underneath the chin if you should see a significant weight gain. Kybella results are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and do not gain a significant amount of weight.
To learn more about reducing your double chin with Kybella, or to schedule your consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call Levy Dermatology at 901-624-3333. We look forward to working with you!