Have you noticed a double chin develop as you age? Do you feel like you appear heavier than you actually are from the front and side due to stubborn fat under your chin and jawline? If so, you could be a perfect candidate for Kybella, a revolutionary fat-targeting treatment designed to reduce fat, eliminate your double chin, and help you look and feel your best. At Nowak Aesthetics in Chula Vista, CA, we’re proud to offer this product along with our other top-quality treatments designed to help you meet all your cosmetic needs.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that targets submental fullness (commonly referred to as the double chin) with deoxycholic acid. Once injected, this acid breaks down the outer walls of fat cells. The contents of your fat cells are then removed by your lymphatic system, leaving your double chin significantly reduced.
Deoxycholic acid is considered a safe and effective treatment for fat reduction due to its naturally occurring origin in the body, where it helps your body digest fats. Since it is body-friendly and comes with minimal risk, this treatment is a good fit for almost every patient.
This treatment is painless, takes just 15-20 minutes per session, and requires zero downtime during recovery. Due to the fat-destroying properties of the deoxycholic acid, the results of treatment are permanent for the vast majority of patients. In just a few treatments, you could see your double chin disappear and experience a significant confidence boost as you see your appearance transform.
Where Can This Product Be Injected?
Kybella is FDA-approved to reduce the amount of fat under the chin. This area of submental fullness is often immune to diet and exercise, leaving many patients seeking an effective option to permanently reduce fat and create a slimmer, smoother silhouette.
During your appointment, our experienced doctor will inject this product into several strategic areas under your chin and jawline. The placement of these injections will maximize the fat-reducing results and, with each subsequent appointment, you will see your double chin shrink.
This treatment is also completely non-invasive, and you won’t need to worry about any scars or visible signs of treatment. This means that you can expect to enjoy your new results without anyone knowing that you had this treatment performed. Best of all, thanks to the small target area, you could be in and out of our treatment chair in less than 30 minutes, giving you the flexibility you need for your schedule.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Every patient’s experience and results are unique, and we work tirelessly to ensure that each of our patients achieves their ideal image. Our doctor will evaluate your area of concern during an initial consultation before making his professional recommendation for a personalized treatment plan.
On average, patients have between 2-6 treatments, with each appointment separated by at least 1 month. Once your treatments are complete and your final results are visible, you should be able to enjoy your new silhouette permanently.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
During the recovery process, the deoxycholic acid that is injected into your double chin works to break down the exterior walls of fat cells. As the walls deteriorate, the inside of the cell is released and flushed out of the area by your lymphatic system, which is responsible for moving waste and debris out of the body. Since your body uses fat for energy, the contents of the destroyed fat cells are metabolized before they are ultimately discarded from your body.
This entire process can take 4-6 weeks from beginning to end, which means that your final results will not be visible for at least 1 month after treatment. If our doctor recommends a treatment plan, you can expect to see your final results appear approximately 6 weeks after the last treatment session.
In general, you should see a dramatic reduction in submental fat. While individual results may vary, the appearance of your double chin should be greatly reduced, making your neck appear longer and slimmer and giving you an overall younger look.
Will My Results Be Permanent?
For most patients, the final results they achieve after their final treatment session are permanent. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they will not return. However, your final results can be impacted by weight gain, which causes the expansion of remaining healthy fat cells and could cause your double chin to reappear.
For this reason, we recommend that all of our patients follow a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain their ideal results. We also recommend that they maintain a weight that is healthy for their body type to ensure optimal, long-lasting results.
How Does This Treatment Compare to Other Fat-Reducing Options?
Traditionally, an invasive procedure like liposuction was considered the only reliable way to permanently reduce fat in areas of concern, including the submental region. This popular procedure uses vacuum pressure to remove fat and can offer instantly slimming results.
However, it often causes general trauma to the tissue surrounding the treatment area, requires downtime during recovery to promote full healing, and comes with all the risks associated with general anesthesia and an invasive procedure. In contrast, Kybella offers patients a non-invasive treatment option that can deliver results in just a few weeks.
This treatment requires no anesthesia or downtime and comes with few risks, making it an attainable treatment for the majority of our patients. In addition, it is able to treat the chin area discreetly, leaving no marks or scars after treatment is complete. Most exciting, the end result of treatment–permanent fat reduction–is comparable to that of liposuction, but without the downtime or risks associated with the procedure.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
In general, men and women who wish to reduce the amount of fat under their chins without invasive surgery are considered to be good candidates for this treatment. A candidate should be healthy and free from any medical or skin conditions that could interact negatively with the injections. In addition, we recommend that they are within 20 pounds of their ideal weight.
Patients who have previously had fat reduction treatments or procedures, facelifts, or facial or neck surgeries may not be ideal candidates for this treatment. In addition, patients who experience loose skin under their chin may not be ideal candidates for treatment. This treatment is not intended to reduce skin laxity, which can be addressed with other methods.
Finally, we do not recommend this product for patients who are currently pregnant or nursing, and we may recommend waiting to pursue treatment if you plan to become pregnant in the future as this could impact the appearance of your double chin. If you have any questions about your candidacy for treatment, our doctor can help you evaluate your concerns during an initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
Not sure what to expect from your first appointment? Here is a brief overview of the treatment process you can look forward to when you choose to trust our talented team with your cosmetic goals:
To begin, you’ll have an initial consultation with our doctor to determine your candidacy for treatment. During this appointment, our doctor will examine your area of concern, review your medical history, and discuss your goals for treatment. In addition, he will review any past facial or neck treatments or surgeries to ensure that this treatment is right for you.
If you are approved for treatment, our doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on your unique situation. This will give you a better idea of how many appointments you may need to achieve your ideal image.
To prepare for treatment, we recommend that you avoid blood-thinning medications like aspirin approximately 1 week before your appointment. We also recommend avoiding alcohol for 24 hours before treatment. This may help reduce your risk of bruising after treatment.
We also recommend that you avoid any skin treatments that may cause irritation to the target area before your appointment. When scheduling your appointment, we recommend that you schedule at least 5 days before any major social events to ensure that your skin will be completely healed.
On the day of your appointment, our doctor will clean the target area and apply a topical numbing agent or use an injectable anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the injections. Once your skin is numb, our doctor will mark your skin the guide the injections. He will then use a fine needle to inject the product into these predetermined areas. You may feel some pressure during the injections, but this process is painless.
A typical appointment takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Once our doctor is finished with the injections, he will give you instructions to follow during your recovery period. You will be able to return to your normal daily activities with zero downtime once your appointment is finished.
During your recovery, you should plan to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for 24 hours. We also recommend that you continue to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment and blood-thinning medications for 3-4 days after treatment.
You should not pursue any skin treatments or procedures that would affect the treated area for at least 3-4 weeks as your skin heals. 4-6 weeks after your first appointment, you should notice that your double chin is noticeably reduced. At this point, you can schedule your next appointment to continue contouring your chin, jawline, and neck.
Your final results should appear approximately 6 weeks after your last treatment session. Once the destroyed fat cells are cleared away, you should notice that your neck is significantly slimmer and that your double chin is greatly reduced or completely erased. This will provide you with a youthful profile that you can expect to enjoy for years to come.
To maintain your results, we recommend that you eat a balanced, nutritious diet and exercise regularly to keep your body in a healthy weight range. If you experience unexpected weight gain in the future and see your double chin reappear, you can pursue this treatment to re-contour this area and reclaim your ideal image. The majority of our patients experience attractive, long-lasting results following an easy, personalized treatment process.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let a double chin keep you from living your life to the fullest! With Kybella, you can watch this common area of concern disappear in a matter of months. To learn more about what this treatment can do for you, contact our team of experts at Nowak Aesthetics in Chula Vista, CA to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you soon!