As we age, many people begin to notice excess fat accumulating directly beneath the chin and along the upper neck. Traditionally, liposuction or another fat contouring surgery would be used to treat this condition – also referred to as a “double chin.” However, with KYBELLA®, our patients now have the alternative to choose an effective, non-surgical option when they visit our Richmond Aesthetic Surgery and Dermlounge office in Short Pump.
How KYBELLA® Works
The first and only FDA-approved treatment of its kind, KYBELLA® targets excess fat under the chin (which is medically termed submental fullness). Using a gentle formula injected directly at the target site, KYBELLA® is designed to dissolve unwanted fat and reduce the appearance of a “double chin.” The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, is a molecule that is found naturally in our bodies and works to break down dietary fat. Once broken down, this fat can exit the body through the normal metabolic process.
By eliminating excess fat beneath the chin, many patients are able to significantly enhance the angles of their face, improve their overall profile, and experience a boost in self-confidence. This in-office procedure can typically be completed within 20 minutes.
The Best Candidates for KYBELLA®
Though many patients with excess fat under the chin and along the top of the neck benefit from KYBELLA®, the treatment is designed to exclusively treat submental fullness. Patients who also have excess or loose skin below the chin may not be ideal candidates for KYBELLA®. During the consultation process, your physician will perform a physical examination, discuss your expectations, answer your questions, and help you determine if KYBELLA® is the best cosmetic procedure for you.
Side Effects Associated with KYBELLA®
To help improve your comfort, the target area can be treated with a numbing agent prior to the injection. After the procedure is complete, you may experience mild bruising, swelling, or numbness, though these side effects should resolve within a few days. Patients typically return to their normal daily activities immediately after their KYBELLA® treatment. Some patients choose to undergo two to four KYBELLA® treatments to maximize their results, which are usually permanent.
For more information about KYBELLA®, or to schedule a consultation at Dermlounge, please contact us today.