Do you notice a double chin when you view your face and neck from the side? Have you recently lost weight but can’t effectively eliminate your double chin? If so, Kybella could be the treatment option you’ve been waiting for! This injectable, fat-targeting treatment reduces submental fat under the chin and offers a non-surgical, long-lasting solution to stubborn fat. At the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD in Redlands, CA, our talented staff is prepared to help you reach your ideal image in just a few easy treatments.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment designed to target submental fat which creates a double chin appearance. The treatment itself is completely non-invasive and requires zero downtime, making it a perfect fit for most patients and their busy schedules.
The main ingredient in the treatment formula, synthetic deoxycholic acid, mimics the natural version that exists in the body and targets dietary fat. Treatment surrounds and destroys fat cells over time, giving you long-lasting to permanent results.
While submental fat is notoriously difficult to reduce with diet and exercise, this treatment can produce excellent results in just a few treatments and without the use of surgery. At the end of a personalized treatment plan, you can expect to see a smoother, more attractive profile and a significant reduction in your double chin. For most patients, the results of this treatment can last for years or be completely permanent.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment?
This cutting-edge treatment is the only injectable treatment option for submental fat reduction. It is considered safe and effective for most patients and delivers dramatic results for patients with mild to moderate fat deposits under the chin. Thanks to its formula, which is modeled after organic bodily acid, most patients can receive treatment with no negative side effects.
It does not carry the risks or cost of an invasive treatment option like liposuction, and patients can easily fit treatments into a busy daily schedule with zero downtime required after each appointment. For the majority of our patients, results can be permanently maintained simply by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
This lifestyle can improve your overall health and lead to a variety of benefits besides prolonging the results of this treatment. Best of all, patients experience a huge boost in confidence as they watch their double chin disappear and enjoy their new, younger-looking appearance.
What Concerns Can Be Treated?
A double chin can make you appear older or heavier than you actually are and can be difficult to reduce through diet or exercise. Kybella is formulated to target and destroy fat cells in the neck and chin, restoring a more youthful appearance and slimming your profile.
As of now, it is approved by the FDA to treat this area and is effective at reducing mild to moderate submental fullness. If your double chin is caused by a combination of submental fat and skin laxity, one of our doctors can recommend a treatment to help you achieve your ideal results.
How Does It Compare to Liposuction?
In the past, liposuction surgery was the only way to effectively target and reduce submental fat. This process involved invasive surgery and powerful suction to remove fat instantly. While results could be seen immediately, the trauma caused to the surrounding tissue could take weeks to heal.
In addition, more risks are associated with surgery, which is not able to be pursued by every patient. Finally, higher costs and significant recovery time required patients to put their lives on hold, making liposuction impossible for many people. In contrast, Kybella is able to produce permanent results without the use of surgery or damaging suction techniques. It is virtually painless, requires zero downtime, and is effective for most patients who are interested in eliminating their double chin.
It has lower risks of side effects thanks to its non-invasive nature, and treatment can be personalized to fit your unique situation. When administered by a skilled doctor, the results achieved can be exactly the same as those achieved with liposuction, making this injectable treatment more convenient and cost-effective in the long run.
How Many Injections Will I Need?
The number of injections needed to see the successful treatment of submental fat varies for each patient. One of our doctors will help you design a personalized treatment plan based on the amount of submental fat under the chin, your schedule, and your desired results. Most patients have 4-6 treatments about 2-4 weeks apart before they see their final results. However, once those results are achieved, you can expect to enjoy your new look permanently.
Do I Need to Maintain My Weight After Treatment?
Once the submental fat is treated, your double chin should disappear permanently. However, you may see a reoccurrence of this concern if you experience significant or sudden weight gain, which can cause fat cells to expand and a double chin to become noticeable again. In general, we recommend that you reach a healthy weight for your body type before seeking treatment.
You should be 20-30 pounds from your ideal weight and seek to maintain a healthy, stable weight with a nutritious diet and regular exercise. If you are planning to become pregnant in the future, we recommend that you wait to have treatment as this change to your body can cause a double chin to reappear.
In addition, we encourage you to avoid gaining significant weight after treatment to maintain your desired results. If you do gain weight and see your double chin develop again, you can seek follow-up injections to restore your ideal image. Our doctors can help you evaluate any changes to your body and health and help you maintain your final results after your treatment plan is complete.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
If you are an adult man or woman who is unsatisfied with the appearance of your double chin, you could be an ideal candidate for this treatment! In general, a good candidate is healthy, close to their ideal weight, and free from any medical conditions or allergies which could interact negatively with treatment. This treatment may not be ideal for patients who are overweight as the injections are not able to effectively treat severe fat deposits.
In addition, treatment may not be ideal for those who are planning to become pregnant. Pregnancy could cause a double chin to reoccur and require further treatment. If you experience skin laxity, you may not be an ideal candidate since this treatment is not able to reduce loose skin. However, it can be combined with a skin laxity treatment to achieve your ideal image.
Finally, if you have had any treatments or injections in the submental region before this treatment, you may not be an ideal candidate. If you have any questions about your candidacy for treatment, one of our doctors can help you evaluate your unique situation during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
Here is a summary of what you can expect when you seek treatment for your double chin with our team of experts:
Before your first injections, you will meet with one of our doctors to determine your candidacy for treatment. This will involve an examination of the chin and neck area, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your ideal results and image. Based on this information, your doctor may recommend a combination of treatments to help you achieve these results. Once you are approved for this treatment, you can begin preparing for your first appointment.
Since each patient’s experience is unique, you should be sure to follow your doctor’s specific directions to ensure optimal results. In general, we recommend that our patients avoid alcohol and blood-thinning medications during the days before their appointment. This can help reduce the risk of bruising and excessive bleeding during and after treatment.
On the day of your appointment, you should avoid wearing any makeup or skincare products in the target area. Your doctor will be available to answer any questions you may have before treatment. They will clean your neck and chin, apply a topical numbing agent to ensure your comfort during treatment, and make guiding marks for the injections.
Next, they will use a small, thin needle to inject the product into the target region. You may feel slight pressure, but most patients report that this process is completely painless.
The injections themselves can take just 5-10 minutes to complete. Once your doctor is finished, you are free to return to your normal activities and schedule with zero downtime.
For the first 2-3 days, you may experience some redness and swelling in the treated area. This is normal and should subside naturally. You should avoid wearing makeup in the treated area for at least 24 hours as your skin heals. In addition, you should avoid prolonged sun exposure in the treated area and protect your skin from sun damage by wearing sunscreen when outdoors.
The healing process typically takes 2-4 weeks. During this time, the product is slowly targeting and breaking down fat cells and reducing your double chin. You may begin to notice results after your first treatment, but most patients report that they see a noticeable reduction after 2-3 treatments. Depending on your treatment plan, you will return for your next series of injections every month until your treatments are completed and your final results are visible.
For most patients, 6 treatments produce ideal results that can last permanently. After your final injections, it may take up to a month for your results to appear completely. You should notice that your double chin is significantly reduced or eliminated.
Your chin and neck should form a smoother, younger-looking line and should be more attractive when viewed from the front and the side. If you maintain your results with a healthy lifestyle, you can expect to see results that last permanently.
Contact Us for More Information!
A double chin is impossible to conceal and can impact your self-esteem. In the past, the only way to address this issue was liposuction, which required a long recovery and came with serious risks. Today, we’re proud to offer Kybella. This treatment can eliminate your double chin and restore a youthful profile in just a few treatments with no surgery and no downtime required.
To learn more about this transformative treatment, contact our team of professionals at Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD in Redlands, CA, to schedule an initial consultation with one of our doctors today! We look forward to helping you reach your aesthetic goals!