If you’re among the 68% of men and women with a double chin that makes you feel self-conscious or appear older or heavier than you are, there’s a solution that can naturally and safely create a more sculpted and defined chin profile and jawline and improve your appearance. At the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, CA, we offer a non-surgical cosmetic injectable treatment called KYBELLA that can permanently eliminate a double chin.
Is KYBELLA Permanent?
KYBELLA is a cosmetic injectable that provides men and women with an effective way to treat a double chin without undergoing a surgical procedure. After undergoing the recommended number of sessions, the results are permanent. However, it’s important that patients live a healthy lifestyle after completing the recommended number of sessions to avoid weight gain, which can negatively impact the results.
Ensuring Your Results Remain Permanent
The goal of this injectable is to target excess fat cells beneath the chin that lead to submental fullness, which is the technical term for a double chin. In doing so, the injectable can significantly reduce the total fat volume in the area to promote a more contoured and defined jawline and chin profile. However, it will not destroy every fat cell in the area beneath the chin, which is why avoiding weight gain is such an important part of maintaining permanent results.
If you do gain weight after your treatment, those fat cells beneath the chin have the potential to expand, which can re-create the double chin. So long as you take steps to eat a healthy diet, exercise consistently, live a healthy lifestyle, and avoid significant weight gain post-treatment, you can ensure permanent results.
What Is KYBELLA?
KYBELLA is a non-surgical cosmetic injectable treatment designed to reduce the appearance of a double chin and correct different degrees of submental fullness. It contains an active ingredient called deoxycholic acid: a naturally occurring molecule found in the body that works by helping break down dietary fat and can encourage healthy fat absorption.
When we inject this active ingredient into the area beneath the chin, it will destroy the excess fat cells, breaking them down so the body can flush them out of the system in the weeks following treatment. Once we use the injectable to destroy these fat cells, they cannot grow back, and you’ll have a significantly reduced total fat volume in the area, resulting in a more defined and contoured chin and jaw profile.
What Happens During Treatment?
This injection process is quick and virtually painless. It takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. We will administer small injections into the area beneath your chin to target the excess fat cells. When it’s over, you can resume your normal daily activities with no social downtime.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Treatment plans vary based on each patient’s ultimate goals and the total number of cells they want to target to improve their chin and jawline profile. Each patient has a different chin, so we schedule consultations before designing treatment plans so we can confirm eligibility and determine the total number of sessions necessary.
Patients can receive a maximum of six treatments, with one month between each throughout a treatment plan. Some may need fewer sessions to achieve their ideal results. We will give you more details about what your unique treatment plan will look like once we evaluate your chin profile in person and determine the right treatment protocol.
What Causes Submental Fullness?
Submental fullness can result from many factors and isn’t always necessarily a result of being overweight. While obesity and being overweight can contribute to a double chin, so can other factors. Genetics, aging, and the redistribution of fat cells can also contribute to a double chin.
When Can I Expect the Results?
After your treatment, you won’t see immediate results. It will take time for the body to respond to deoxycholic acid. Once it enters the system and breaks down fat cells beneath the chin, you’ll begin to see improvements, typically within the first two to four treatments. Your body will use your lymphatic system to flush fat cells out of the area, and as it does, you’ll notice a significant improvement in the treatment area and reduced fat volume.
Is There Any Downtime?
There’s no social downtime after a KYBELLA treatment, but we will provide you with some aftercare instructions so that you can care for the injection sites and achieve the best results. You’ll need to avoid touching the injection sites, avoid strenuous workouts for 24 hours after your treatment, and sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights to promote optimal healing. You’ll receive complete post-care instructions on the day of your appointment.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for this cosmetic injectable are patients with excess fat beneath the chin that doesn’t respond to diet and lifestyle changes. If you’ve lost weight or you consistently exercise and eat a healthy diet but still have submental fullness that makes you look older or heavier than you are, you may be a good candidate for this cosmetic injectable.
Patients should be in good health, not allergic to the active ingredient in the injectable, not pregnant or nursing, and have realistic expectations about the treatment and the results. An initial consultation will give you more details about this treatment process, what you can expect, and whether it’s right for you.
Sculpt and Contour Your Chin Profile
If you want to learn more about KYBELLA and how it can sculpt and contour the area beneath the chin and finally eliminate those stubborn fat cells making you feel self-conscious about your appearance, we can give you more details. At your pre-treatment consultation, we can answer all your questions about this safe and effective injectable treatment and confirm whether it’s right for you. Contact the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, CA, today to schedule your consultation.