Injectable Fat Reducers
Many people, no matter their age or weight, suffer from submental fullness, or what is better known as a double chin. Whether it is due to genetics or lifestyle, it can cause you to be self-conscious about your profile, constantly searching to find the angle that makes your chin look slimmer and more defined.
Previously, the only way to treat a double chin was with a chin lift or liposuction. However, advancements in cosmetic surgery procedures have now given us a nonsurgical option known as Kybella. Kybella is the first medication to be FDA approved to treat moderate to severe submental fullness.
Kybella’s active ingredient is a manmade version of a naturally occurring molecule in the human body known as deoxycholic acid, which assists in breaking down and absorbing dietary fat in the body. The job of the deoxycholic acid in Kybella is to destroy the targeted fat cells under your chin, allowing your body to absorb and excrete them, resulting in permanent fat reduction.
What to Expect from Your Kybella Treatment
Once you are evaluated at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery and found to be a good candidate for your Kybella treatment, Dr. Terrasse will mark the underside of your chin with a grid of dots, using it as a guide for placing the injections. The injections are virtually painless, though you may opt for a topical analgesic or numbing of the area to ensure that you don’t feel significant discomfort.
Once the treatment is completed, you can immediately go about your day, though you should plan on avoiding vigorous or strenuous activity. Any minor pain, bruising or swelling can be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication, or by icing the area. Side effects are usually minimal, and may include redness or temporary harder areas at the injection sites, but these are natural and will resolve on their own.
Depending on the degree of your submental fullness, multiple treatments may be necessary. These are usually performed about a month apart to allow for your body to do its job and absorb the treated fat cells. Results from Kybella are considered permanent, because once they are destroyed, the fat cells are no longer able to accumulate or store fat. However, if you gain weight, new fat cells can be generated and collect under your chin once again, so maintaining a healthy weight will ensure that your results are long-lasting.
Am I a Candidate for Kybella?
Ideal candidates for Kybella are patients with a moderate to severe double chin. When exploring Kybella as a treatment option, during your initial consultation with Dr. Terrasse, make sure you inform him of any of the following things:
Previous cosmetic treatments or surgery on your neck, chin, or face
Medical conditions or infection in the neck area
Allergies, environmental or otherwise
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
Medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, or vitamins and supplements
These may not prevent you from utilizing Kybella as a treatment option, but Dr. Terrasse wants to make sure that he is well-versed in your medical history, in order to ensure your safety and to deliver excellent results.
If you are bothered by a noticeable double chin, then Kybella may be the solution for you. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terrasse.