Do you feel like the stubborn fat under your chin makes you appear older? Are you unhappy with your profile due to a noticeable double chin? Are you struggling to reduce your double chin through diet and exercise with no success? If so, you may benefit from a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment called Kybella, which offers you a permanent solution to your double chin in just a few treatments. Kybella just one of the top-quality services proudly offered by Dr. Michael I. Jacobs in New York, NY.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable substance that permanently destroys fat cells. It is used to target submental fullness, commonly called a double chin, by making multiple injections over the course of several sessions. This treatment is made with natural deoxycholic acid, which is produced by your body to help digest and break down fat cells.
When injected into your skin, deoxycholic acid destroys the fat cells in your double chin. This process usually takes a few weeks, but results are permanent since the acid completely breaks down the fat cells, which are then expelled by your body. Once treatment is finished, your neck will look more trim and you’ll find yourself looking younger thanks to the absence of your double chin.
Why Are Double Chins So Difficult to Treat?
Double chins can occur in everyone, even adults who live a healthy lifestyle and are at a healthy weight. A double chin can make you look older or heavier than you actually are. Even worse, they’re a source of constant insecurity for many adults, affecting your self-confidence in social situations and making you reluctant to pose for photographs since your double chin has no good angle.
Double chins are notoriously difficult to address due to their high-fat content. They’re virtually untouchable by targeted diet and exercise changes and traditionally have left people with no choice but invasive surgery. However, the introduction of Kybella offers those who wish to reduce their double chin without surgery a treatment that can deliver similar results in a relatively short amount of time. It comes without the many risks of surgery and, while it can’t offer instant results, it requires very little preparation and zero downtime and can effectively address your double chin.
Kybella is an excellent option for double chin reduction thanks to its use of deoxycholic acid, which is designed by your body to destroy fat cells. In addition, it typically requires an average of 4 appointments to deliver permanent results. As opposed to surgery, this treatment involves almost no preparation, a short appointment time, and no downtime, which makes it perfect for every schedule. Best of all, it gives you the freedom to enjoy life again by reducing your double chin and restoring your confidence.
How Does It Work?
This treatment involves several steps to deliver the best results. Your doctor will help you navigate the process of pursuing treatment, as well as help you determine your candidacy for treatment based on your unique situation. The first step is to schedule an initial consultation with your doctor.
The consultation allows your doctor to examine your neck and double chin to evaluate your issues. You should feel free to ask your doctor any questions you have about treatment, recovery, and final results. In addition, prepare to disclose any medical conditions affecting your neck area, any past or planned surgeries or cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin, if you have ever had difficulty swallowing, or if you have bleeding issues. You should also disclose any current medications you’re taking, including herbal remedies or supplements.
If your doctor examines you and decides that this treatment may not be right for you, you can discuss other treatment options that will help you eliminate your double chin. Otherwise, you will be able to schedule your first treatment.
Your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare for your appointment and propose a treatment plan which will address your concerns over several appointments. This plan can be modified as needed. Depending on the size of their double chin, some patients see ideal results after their first treatment, while most require an average of 4 appointments to achieve their ideal results.
To prepare for your first treatment, drink a good amount of water to remain healthy and hydrated. Your doctor will usually ask you to stop taking blood-thinning painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as a variety of essential fatty acids and herbal remedies which can contribute to increased risk for bleeding and bruising, for at least one week before treatment. On a similar note, you should stop drinking alcohol for at least 2 days before your appointment.
Contact your doctor if you develop a cold or have a blemish or wound appear near the treatment site before your appointment. Your doctor may recommend that you reschedule to ensure best results. Finally, some swelling and tenderness in your neck area is normal after treatments, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t have any important events for at least 2 weeks after an appointment.
On the day of your appointment, wash your chin and neck. It’s best if you avoid wearing makeup on these areas. At your appointment, your doctor will ensure that your neck is clean, then mark your chin and neck according to the planned injections sites. They’ll administer a topical or injected anesthetic before beginning treatment. Once the treatment area is numb, your doctor will use a small needle to inject the marked sites on your neck and chin. You shouldn’t feel any pain, and the appointment will typically last about 20 minutes.
Once treatment is complete, your doctor will clean the treated area again and may apply ice to reduce initial swelling. They’ll give you any necessary instructions to follow during recovery, and you can ask them questions about what to expect during this stage. Once your appointment is over, you can return to your normal day-to-day activities immediately.
You’ll probably have a little tenderness in your neck and chin area once feeling returns. In addition, swelling is to be expected as the deoxycholic acid begins to target fat cells. You can manage these symptoms by icing the area and taking mild pain relievers in addition to applying topical pain-relieving gel.
During the first week especially, a warm compress can soothe your neck and reduce swelling. Drink a healthy amount of water to aid in the healing process. In addition, avoid blood-thinning substances for about a week after treatment to prevent any unwanted bruising.
You should notice any swelling go down within the first month as the process of fat cell destruction slows. Once your doctor has examined the results of your first treatment, they’ll be able to recommend further treatment to achieve ideal results and let you know how long your final results will take to appear. For most patients, final results take 4-6 weeks to finalize.
If your doctor recommends a treatment plan, you’ll likely have approximately 4 appointments spread out over 4-5 months. Final results are visible 4-6 weeks after your final treatment. These results include a drastic change in the appearance of your chin and neck.
You should notice a smoother profile without the bulge of a double chin. Excess fat will have been eliminated, leaving a smoother, more attractive line which can make you appear younger and thinner. You’ll feel more satisfied with your appearance and more willing to take photos and enjoy life without worrying about your double chin.
How Long Does It Last?
The effects of deoxycholic acid are permanent. Once fat cells are destroyed, they can’t return. This means that you can live your life without a double chin causing you to worry. However, it is possible to see your final results affected by unhealthy life choices. This most often involves sudden or excessive weight gain, which often adds another deposit of fat under your chin in addition to causing other serious health problems. It’s crucial to maintain your results through a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise.
These lifestyle choices will help you avoid the return of a double chin, but as you age, you may notice that skin laxity results in the appearance of a double chin without the fat content. Your doctor can help you determine the best way to address these cosmetic issues. In terms of this treatment, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and consciously commit to keeping your double chin at bay through preventative measures and treatments, your results should be permanent.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is perfect for men and women of all ages. It’s an excellent alternative to surgery, which can deliver instant results but also involves more risks and significant downtime. This treatment is generally recommended for adults over 18 who want to eliminate their double chin to achieve a slimmer neck and smoother profile.
It’s best if you have no medical conditions affecting your neck or chin area to achieve the best results from this treatment. In addition, those with skin laxity issues may not be ideal candidates as this treatment can only target and reduce fat.
This treatment may not be ideal for those who have a large amount of fat under the chin which could be better addressed by surgery. It is not recommended for those who are pregnant or nursing. Finally, it may not be ideal for those who want instant results. While it is effective, this treatment takes a few months to deliver final results for most patients. You should consult your doctor to fully evaluate your unique condition, timeframe, and expectations and to determine whether you are an ideal candidate.
Whether you’re younger and beginning to notice a double chin forming or older with a double chin you’ve struggled with for years, this cosmetic concern can affect your confidence in every situation. It can cause you to appear older than you are and can linger even when you’re at a healthy weight.
For most people, undergoing surgery for a double chin isn’t the way they hope to address the issue. That’s why Kybella is such an excellent option for those seeking a no-hassle, long-lasting solution to their double chin.
This treatment can reduce your double chin in just a few months, allowing you to focus on the more important things in life instead of worrying about your appearance. If you’re ready to learn more about Kybella and say goodbye to your double chin for good, contact Dr. Michael I. Jacobs in New York, NY to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you.