Are you feeling self-conscious about your “double chin”? What most of us call a “double chin” is fullness beneath your chin known as submental fat. Many factors can cause an excess in fat underneath your chin such as weight gain, genetics, and aging. This can lead you to feel unattractive and lower your self-confidence. The doctors and staff at Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD are here to help you lose that unwanted excess fat under your chin. Kybella for the neck and underneath the chin area is proven to help slim down your profile.
What Is Kybella Used for?
Kybella is used to destroy fat cells under your chin and jowl area, commonly known as “double chin”. It is a cosmetic injectable treatment that targets and permanently destroys fat cells by using deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a natural molecule that helps break down dietary fat. It is injected into the skin beneath the chin and requires no incisions and minimal downtime.
It is the only injectable treatment approved by the FDA to treat moderate to severe fat below the chin. This is a prescription medicine administered only to adults to enhance appearance and profile.
How Does It Work?
Kybella works by administering a series of deoxycholic acid injections under the chin and jowl area and over time it destroys unwanted fat cells. It is a relatively quick process, about 15 to 20 minutes per session, and depending on your own personal aesthetic goals, you may have one or up to six treatment sessions. The deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells under your chin and your body can no longer use them for fat storage.
The fat does not regenerate, and you achieve a long-lasting, slimmer profile. All treatment plans are personalized to fit individual goals and are customized to maximize your results. Each treatment session you will receive multiple injections placed strategically under your chin in areas that will best benefit your results. If your treatment plan consists of multiple sessions, they must be about one month apart from each other.
Six treatment sessions is the maximum, so in six months or less, you will have optimal results. This is a gradual process, so the results appear more natural over time. The injections are a great alternative to invasive cosmetic surgery and do not have the medical risks that invasive procedures do.
What to Expect
Since this is a non-surgical treatment program, little preparation for treatment is necessary. It is recommended to schedule your treatment sessions around any major life events and to wash your face thoroughly before your appointment. Before the treatment process begins, the injection sites will be marked on your skin and a topical numbing agent may be applied to ease any pain.
You will receive multiple injections under your chin: typically between 20 and 50 injections will be administered per session. Depending on your desired outcome and the amount of fat you have under your chin, determines how many injections you will receive. When your treatment is complete you will notice your results emerge gradually as the fat cells are being destroyed permanently. With a healthy lifestyle, results should last for your lifetime, however, significant weight gain can affect your results over time.
What to Expect After Treatment
Studies have shown that people who received treatment have visible results after two to four sessions. In 59% of patients, six treatments were necessary to achieve the desired results. Your healthcare provider will design a treatment plan specific to your needs and outcome goals.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Everyone has a unique circumstance and the number of treatments that are right for you will need to be discussed and determined with your healthcare specialist. Your personal cosmetic goals and the amount of submental fat under your chin are the determining factors of how many treatments are necessary to get your desired results. Studies have shown that on average, patients receive three treatments and up to 59% of patients receive six treatments.
Am I a Good Candidate?
It is important to schedule a consultation with your healthcare provider to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. You will need to discuss your medical history, including any cosmetic treatments or procedures that you have had previously done on your chin, neck, or face. Any bleeding problems or trouble swallowing will need to be addressed. You will need to let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or nursing, or plan on becoming pregnant in the near future. It is also important to let your provider know of any medications you are taking, especially blood thinners.
Good candidates are bothered by their excess fat under the chin and may feel embarrassed or self-conscious around other people. Having submental fullness may make you look heavier or older than you actually are. Perhaps you do not want to have surgery and this non-invasive treatment is a better option for you. You may also be a good candidate if you exercise and eat well, but the submental fullness will not go away.
Understanding Submental Fullness
Submental fullness is the accumulation of subcutaneous fat that gathers under the chin. It is often referred to as a “double chin”. Both women and men can have submental fullness and many times the cause is related to genetics, aging, and/or weight gain. You can have submental fullness without being overweight, and sometimes regardless of how much you live a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, it may not go away.
Studies show that up to 67% of people are bothered by excess fat under their chin. The study goes on to say that just as many people are bothered by submental fullness as by wrinkles and fine lines under their eyes. Kybella for the neck and under the chin area has been a proven treatment to provide people with a thinner profile, eliminating the undesirable “double chin”.
What Is Causing My Submental Fullness?
There are a variety of reasons why you may have submental fullness. Understanding these factors can help you alleviate some excess fat underneath your chin and help you decide if Kybella for neck and chin is right for you.
As we age, the skin starts to lose elasticity and can lead to saggy, extra skin underneath the chin area. Exposure to excess sunlight is the biggest cause of aging skin losing its elasticity. The sun has ultraviolet light that damages the elastin, and when the elastin is damaged our skin sags, stretches, and stops bouncing back after stretching.
Aging skin becomes thinner, more transparent, and fragile as it loses elastin and collagen, the two tissues that provide elasticity. Loss of fat underneath the eyes, nose, chin, temples and cheeks, along with gravity can all cause drooping skin.
Diet and Weight
The most common reason for submental fullness is an unhealthy diet. An unhealthy diet full of processed foods, calories, and saturated fats can lead to weight gain and can result in extra fat under the chin. Examples of unhealthy foods and snacks are cereals, refined grains, baked goods, cookies, cakes, chips and fried foods.
Many people eat while watching TV or performing other tasks and are not mindful of how much they are actually eating. This can cause over-eating and result in extra calorie intake. However, it is important to note that weight gain is not always the culprit to excess chin fat.
Many people simply do not get enough exercise, in this age of technology with smartphones, tablets, and the internet, it is hard to get your body moving. In fact, studies suggest up to 80% of U.S. adults do not get enough exercise. It is recommended for adults to get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Not getting enough exercise can cause extra weight gain and can contribute to excess fat under your chin.
Genetics can play a major role in whether or not you have extra fullness underneath your chin. If you have family members that have skin with little elasticity or submental fullness you are more predisposed to develop it as well.
When certain muscles are not used, the surrounding skin loses its elasticity and could contribute to the condition. Over time, poor posture can lead to weak muscles in the chin and neck area.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Will the Results Last?
The deoxycholic acid that is injected into the fat under your chin destroys the fat cells. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. When you have reached your desired outcome, no further treatment is required.
What Is the Average Treatment Cost?
Since the number of treatments is determined on a patient by patient basis, it is hard to say exactly how much your customized treatment program will cost. This will be discussed in your consultation after you have designed a treatment plan with your provider. It is important to note that you are not only paying for the product, but also for the professionally trained healthcare professional who is giving you the treatment.
How Can I Save on Treatments?
By enrolling in the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program, you can save money on treatments by earning points on each treatment session. You can redeem your points on future treatments that are determined right for you through your healthcare provider. You can also earn points online when you shop at the Brilliant Distinctions Mall. As a Brilliant Distinctions member, you will receive appointment reminders and point balance information.
How Many People Have Been Treated?
Over 1600 people have been treated in a world-wide clinical development program that had over 20 clinical studies. It has been concluded that Kybella is an effective and safe treatment program to treat excess fat underneath the chin. Almost 83% of people reported significant satisfaction in their appearance after treatment.
What Are the Benefits Over a Facelift?
Kybella for the neck and chin has no downtime and is a great alternative to surgery. On the other hand, a facelift requires a surgical procedure, time off work, recovery time, high billing costs, and possible scarring and other side effects from anesthesia.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you think you are a good candidate for Kybella and would like to schedule a consultation, call the professional doctors and staff at Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD. We look forward to sitting down with you and discussing your personal cosmetic goals and will recommend the best treatments for you to get optimal results. You can change the way you look and feel about yourself in just one phone call.
At Adoro Medical Spa we offer a variety of cosmetic treatments and procedures. Some of the non-invasive treatments are halo laser, liquid facelift, Botox, and rejuvenating skin care treatments. We also provide cosmetic eyelid surgery, reconstructive eyelid surgery, and brow and forehead lift. Come and speak with us about any cosmetic concerns you may be experiencing like thin lips, acne scarring, and tired looking eyes. We also provide Botox, skin tightening treatments, and Liposonix for men.