In the past, people who wanted to reduce chin fat faced a choice between ineffective non-surgical treatments or surgery. Today, Kybella is the new non-surgical solution for effective double-chin reduction. Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment.
How Does It Work?
This non-surgical injectable treatment, made from deoxycholic acid, uses a natural chemical produced by the human body. The chemical helps break down fat by destroying fat cells, which the body then naturally reabsorbs and metabolizes. Kybella is injected by a certified medical professional below the chin.
What Happens During and After the Procedure?
A topical numbing agent is applied about 30 minutes before the procedure, and the procedure itself lasts about 15 minutes. As the area numbs, the injection specialist maps the skin on the chin for injections, and when it is numb, administers them. After the procedure, ice is applied to help prevent any swelling or post-procedure pain. The number of injections per treatment may be as many as 50 depending on the patient’s volume of chin fat. Patients may receive up to six treatments, which are usually spaced about a month apart.
What Are the Side Effects?
During the first 24 hours after treatment, patients will usually notice swelling. Some swelling is normal with this non-surgical injectable treatment as it targets and metabolizes fat. Swelling usually lasts up to 48 hours and may extend into the chest area in some cases. Hoarseness and discomfort are possible.
Bruising, pain, numbness and hardness are less-serious side effects that can happen immediately after treatment. Patients who experience weakness in their facial muscles after the first week or trouble swallowing should immediately see their physician. These are rare but more serious side effects. After a few weeks, the area on the chin may feel like gel. It will usually feel tighter and smoother after a month, with continuing improvement for up to 6 months.
Is There Any Down Time?
Patients may take over-the-counter pain medicine to offset any mild discomfort after the procedure. It is permissible to resume mild activities during the first 24 hours following treatment. Many people prefer to rest for up to 24 hours, during the time when the effects of the double-chin elimination process peak. Most specialists schedule a follow-up visit within a few weeks of treatment.
Kybella is the top FDA-approved treatment for mild to moderate chin fat in men and women. Since the procedure is so popular, it is best to set up a consultation and treatment plan in advance. For example, a woman who wants Kybella treatments before her wedding in six months should set up appointments now to see optimal results before the event. The number of follow-up treatments depends on several factors. To learn more about this non-surgical injectable treatment and to discuss a personalized plan, call 207.594.7003 for a consultation.