Extra fat under the chin and at the jawline can be upsetting to many DC area men and women. Even for those who exercise consistently and eat a healthy diet, this stubborn submental fat, or ‘double chin’ is often difficult to address. Up until recently, there were few options for eliminating submental fat and restoring a sleek chin or neck that did not include surgery and liposuction. Luckily, today there is a safe and easy option: Kybella.
If you have moderate to severe excess fat beneath the chin, Kybella can help destroy fat cells under the chin to improve your profile. At Peel Haus, our experts are pleased to perform Kybella for patients in the Washington, DC area.
The active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, and once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. This results in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin, revealing an improved chin profile.
Your provider at Peel Haus will create a customized treatment plan to address the submental fat under your chin based on your particular chin profile. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. Treatments are spaced at least one month apart. Each patient is unique, but many of our patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatments of Kybella.
Kybella is FDA-approved for the elimination of moderate unwanted fat beneath the chin, on the chin, and on the lower cheeks, or the jowls. You are a good candidate for Kybella if you want to reduce your double chin, or excess fat on other areas of the lower face to smooth and slim your facial appearance.
While most people are a candidate, Kybella is not for everyone. Our experts might caution against kybella treatment if you:
There are some conditions that are not treatable with Kybella, such as:
Skin loses elasticity as we age. The skin beneath the chin may sag, causing the appearance of a double chin. This condition is not treatable with deoxycholic acid.
Microgenia is a common condition that can cause the appearance of a double chin early in life. This double chin is due to a weak bone rather than submental fat, so it can not be treated with Kybella.
Muscles in our neck can become loose as we age, and cause creasing and banding. Kybella can not treat this type of double chin, but Botox injections can help.
Kybella treatments at Peel Haus are performed in our DC office and customized for each patient. The treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed before your provider marks the area with a pen to ensure the injections are inserted in the proper location. Your neck and chin areas will be numbed prior to make the treatment more comfortable. Once this has been done, your provider will proceed with the injections. Depending on your individual treatment plan, you will receive up to 50 injections during a single treatment. Each injection will be spaced one centimeter apart with a 30-gauge or smaller 0.5-inch needle. The treatment will take roughly 30 minutes.
Patients can expect their Kybella recovery to take 1-2 weeks. Temporary side effects such as tenderness, mild redness, and bruising will dissipate quickly. Patients should expect noticeable swelling for several days. Much of this will subside after three to four days, but some remaining swelling can take up to 2 weeks. Some patients have a much greater degree and duration of swelling. This is a risk of Kybella treatment that cannot be predicted in advance. Patients typically have the greatest swelling with the first Kybella treatment.
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What is Kybella?
Kybella is a prescription medicine and is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if Kybella is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area or in children less than 18 years of age.
What is submental fullness?
Submental fullness is a gathering of excess fat beneath the chin, commonly known as “double chin.” It can be something you’ve had your whole life due to genetics, or start to appear as you get older or if you gain weight.
How many treatmens of Kybella will I need?
Your provider will assess how many treatments you will need. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Up to 6 sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart. It is expected that once the desired effect is reached, no further treatment is needed.
How long will Kybella results last?
When injected into fat under the chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After reaching your desired aesthetic, further treatment is not expected.
How safe is Kybella?
Kybella is FDA-approved. Side effects may include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness or formation of small areas of firmness. Side effects with Kybella infrequently resulted in discontinuation from the clinical studies (1.6% of participants). Most adverse reactions were mild or moderate in severity, primarily associated with the treatment area, and resolved without intervention. The percentage of Kybella adverse reactions reported as mild was 81%, moderate was 17.4% and severe was 1.6%.
What should I expect after Kybella injections?
There will be some swelling and possible bruising immediately afterward each Kybella treatment which may last for a few weeks, depending on the individual patient’s response to the treatment.
Is there downtime after Kybella?
There is no actual downtime after Kybella, however, the swelling, and possible bruising, may be noticeable for a week or so, depending on the patient’s response.
What are common side effects of Kybella?
The most common side effects of Kybella include: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
What are the rare side effects of Kybella?
There is a rare possibility, when not injected properly, that Kybella can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing or nerve injury that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. It is not known if Kybella is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
A $50 deposit is required to secure all appointments. This deposit will be used towards your treatment.
As a courtesy to others, please arrive for your appointment 15 minutes early. Because we’re on a strict schedule, patients more than 15 minutes late may need to be rescheduled.
We understand that scheduling conflicts may arise. Please be courteous and reschedule or cancel for a full refund at least 24 hours prior to your appointment date. Any cancellations made after this period is subject to a penalty of your $50 deposit.
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