Scrolling through your holiday pictures is fun, right? You get to relive the joys and marvel at how amazing you looked in that red dress. Doesn’t it feel great to see the results of all those workouts and juice fasts?
But wait. You zoom in and look closer. Is that a double chin? You run to the bathroom mirror. Sure enough, it’s a double chin.
Ugh. Don’t you hate those little pockets of fat that just hang on no matter what you do by way of diet and exercise? We do, too.
Getting rid of those stubborn fatty areas usually requires liposuction or other surgical procedures, but not everyone has time to wait out the recovery process to get back to life.
Well, guess what. Now, Kybella injectables allow you to say goodbye to that double chin without surgery and without downtime!
How Kybella injectables work
At the end of April of 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Kybella (deoxycholic acid) for adults with moderate-to-severe fat below the chin (submental fat).
Deoxycholic acid is a natural molecule that our bodies produce to help absorb fat. Kybella is identical to this molecule, and when it’s properly injected into the fat tissue in the submental area, it destroys the fat cells.
Yes! It destroys them. The appropriate dosage and number of treatments will differ from patient to patient depending on the degree of submental fullness and the desired outcome. A person with minimal submental fullness may only need 1-2 treatments and fewer injections, whereas someone with severe submental fullness may need 5-6 treatments and more injections.
After a series of treatments spaced a month apart, those fat cells won’t come back even with weight gain. So what you’re left with is substantially tighter skin under your chin, and a more sculpted jaw line.
What to expect
At the start of your treatment, you will receive a local anesthetic to make you comfortable during the procedure. Then, the doctor will treat the problem area with 12 to 20 little injections. There is no blood, no cutting, and no pain. The whole process takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
After the procedure, you may experience some tingling or numbness, but this will go away after a couple of days. You may also notice some slight swelling, but a little ice will help, and it won’t last more than a day or two.
And that’s it. You’re free to get back to your life with no downtime and no unsightly chinstrap like you’d need with a liposuction procedure.
The doctor will let you know how many additional treatments you may need to complete the process of getting rid of your double chin. Some people need only two, and others may need up to 6.
Do you think Kybella might be right for you?
If so, give us a call at Viva Wellness or come into our San Diego office to schedule a consultation. For one full syringe the cost is $600, and patients can use up to two syringes per treatment.
You’ll be glad you did.
When it’s all said and done, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to put your red dress back on and re-stage those holiday photos. We won’t blame you if you do.