You exercise and eat right but struggle with getting rid of that double chin. Now there is a way to keep your “chin up” without undergoing invasive surgery.
Kybella® is an injectable medication that is FDA-approved to treat fat below the chin. Kybella® is made of deoxycholic acid which is a molecule in the body that helps with the breakdown and absorption of fat. It is injected beneath the chin and causes the destruction of fat cells. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they cannot accumulate fat. The fat cells release their contents and this is reabsorbed by the body.
Submental fat, or double chin, can be hereditary and may not respond to diet and exercise. The procedure takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Most patients experience results in 2-4 treatments. Up to 6 treatment sessions can be administered, no less than one month apart. Once optimal aesthetic results are achieved, retreatment with Kybella® is not expected.
During the recovery period, patients should expect to see swelling and have some tenderness for several days. The most common side effects of Kybella® are bruising, numbness , redness and spots of hardness in the treatment area. Very rarely, it can lead to trouble swallowing and injury to the nerve in the jaw that can cause facial muscle weakness.
Not everyone is a candidate for submental fat injections. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Legere now to see if Kybella® is an appropriate treatment for you.