Is Kybella treatment an effective way to get rid of a double chin?
There was a time when many people would only be photographed from their personal “best angle.” That usually meant no side profiles, because a 90-degree angle shows off a double chin in it’s full glory. Times have changed. Virtually everyone you know has a camera in his or her pocket, candid photos are unavoidable, and they can be published around the world in the blink of an eye.
Thankfully, smart phones and social media aren’t the only changes. Treatments such as Kybella in Montclair, NJ have revolutionized aesthetic medicine, so you don’t have to embarrassed by those unexpected side-shots. Every angle can be your best angle! Does that sound too good to be true? Read on to find out how Kybella can get rid of your double chin for good.
What is Kybella?
In case you haven’t heard, this is a groundbreaking injectable medication that can melt away fat in just a few treatments. It is formulated with synthetic deoxycholic acid, mimicking a compound that is naturally produced by the human body. Deoxycholic acid acts on fat cells, causing them to break down. Over time, the fat is metabolized and eliminated naturally. As Dr. Downie describes it, Kybella is liposuction in a needle.
Kybella has been FDA approved since 2015 for treatment of submental fat, which is the medical name for fat accumulated below the chin. The procedure involves a series of treatments, typically four to six or more.
It can also be used “off label” for other areas of the body. Dr. Downie often combines Kybella on the body (inner thighs, stomach, etc.) with many of her non-invasive fat melting/ body contouring devices, such as the EMSCULPT, the Vanquish, and the Exilis. This procedure is a good option for patients who want:
- A result comparable to liposuction without surgery
- A natural looking and long-lasting solution to a stubborn double chin
- Convenient treatment with no downtime and minimal side effects
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How Kybella compares to other fat reduction techniques
Losing unwanted lumps and bulges no longer requires surgery. Today’s aesthetic patient has a plethora of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatment options. Which one is right for you? There is no right answer that applies in every situation. The two most crucial factors are the area being treated, and the amount of fat to be removed.
Some fat freezing or melting procedures can be used for a double chin, but they are generally better suited to larger treatment areas. Many devices are too large for the precision application needed in such a small area. To achieve an attractive, natural result, the fat pad needs to be treated side-to-side, and tapered at the edges. Even devices that are considered appropriate for the chin may yield a shelf-like flattened area with thick edges in certain circumstances.
Prior to the introduction of Kybella, most patients seeking fat removal below the chin were advised to try liposuction. However, it is a surgical procedure, albeit less invasive than most. Therefore, it includes some risk and recovery factors that many patients wish to avoid.
Kybella is a first of it’s kind product, designed with the double chin in mind. It does not require the use of any device, and it does not involve surgery. The treatment consists of only injections, making exacting precision possible. Several treatment sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. A skilled physician such as Dr. Downie carefully chooses injection locations and ideal dosage to eliminate excess fat and sculpt the chin.
What Kybella can accomplish
You may be wondering how often you’ll need treatments to maintain the results of Kybella. If so, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that Kybella doesn’t just reduce the size of your chin. It kills fat cells. As they break down, the area becomes smaller. After a series of treatments, usually two or three, your double chin is gone.
Therefore, the results are long-lasting. If you don’t gain a significant amount of weight after treatment, your double chin should not return. Kybella is also a good choice for small, localized fat deposits on other areas of the body, with equally impressive and long-lasting results.
Dr. Downie is one of the foremost Kybella physicians in the nation. She served as a clinical investigator during Kybella trials leading up to FDA approval, which gives her unique experience and in-depth knowledge of the product and process. She is currently a national trainer, helping other doctors learn the secrets of safe and effective Kybella treatment.