The Best Double Chin Treatment
A double chin causes nearly as much cosmetic distress as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for many men and women today. In addition to making you look older than you feel, a double chin can suggest you have packed on a few pounds even when the numbers on the scale have not fluctuated an ounce. In the past, reversing a double chin always meant surgery and a recovery process. While that can still be a good choice for some, another double chin treatment today doesn’t involve any incisions or anesthesia.
Kybella is a prescription medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of submental fat – the small areas of fat that form under the jawline and produce the appearance of a double chin. The active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, is a substance naturally produced by the body to help with the absorption of fats. When it is injected into the submental fat, deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells in the area so they can be naturally eliminated by the body.
How it Works
Kybella injections are performed on an outpatient basis at Houston Center for Plastic Surgery. The treatment area may be numbed and then multiple injections of Kybella are placed under the chin in strategic locations. The entire procedure only takes a few minutes to complete.
Minimal Downtime, Dramatic Results
There is some swelling associated with Kybella injections, due to the reaction of the fat cells to the deoxycholic acid. This can be uncomfortable for some patients, but over the counter oral pain medication usually helps to keep the discomfort manageable. While you are able to return to your regular activities immediately following Kybella injections, some patients choose to take a day or two off to allow the swelling and any discomfort to subside.
Results of Kybella will develop gradually in the weeks following the procedure, as the body eliminates the treated fat cells. You should start to see improved definition in the jawline, with a smoother contour from the face to the neck. While some patients will experience full results after a single Kybella procedure, others may need an additional 1-2 treatment sessions to achieve their desired results. Sessions are usually placed approximately one month apart to allow time for the first treatment to take effect and the treatment area to heal fully.
Is Kybella Right for You?
Kybella is a good option for nearly any man or woman with submental fat they would like to get rid of. However, if there is significant skin laxity in addition to the fat deposit, a surgical procedure may be recommended instead to achieve optimal results. Dr. Rappaport will assess your personal situation, concerns and desired results before determining if Kybella is the best treatment option for you.
Kybella is the first injectable treatment for a double chin that offers dramatic, permanent results. The procedure is relatively quick and downtime after treatment is minimal. To learn more about this procedure or to find out if Kybella is the right choice for you, contact Dr. Rappaport and the Houston Center for Plastic Surgery today at (713) 790-4500.