Even if your body is in peak shape, fullness beneath your chin can make you appear overweight. This can cause significant distress or discomfort with your appearance. At Skin Suite Rx in Chino, CA, the top non-invasive anti-aging and acne center, we are proud to offer Kybella, a non-invasive treatment designed to target submental fullness. If you’re looking for a solution to reduce the appearance of fullness under your chin, Kybella may be the right treatment for you.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that targets fat accumulated beneath the chin. This cosmetic injectable is made from synthetic deoxycholic acid, a compound that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat. It is the only FDA-approved prescription medicine designed specifically for targeting submental fullness. This non-invasive cosmetic treatment is able to visibly reduce fullness beneath the chin, thereby improving the appearance of the profile.
What Is Submental Fullness?
The region beneath the chin is known as the submental area. When fat accumulates in this area, it is known as submental fullness; many people commonly refer to this condition as having a “double chin”. Fullness under the chin can be difficult to target with healthy diet and exercise; the condition can affect men and women with otherwise healthy body weight, giving the appearance of being overweight. This can be distressing and cause a lack of self-esteem, lower confidence, or even body dysmorphia.
What Causes Submental Fullness?
Increased submental fat can be caused by a number of factors. While fullness in this region is most commonly caused by weight gain, genetics and aging can also play a role in the development of submental fullness. This is why fat can show up beneath the chins of people who are otherwise in shape.
How Does It Work?
This medicinal treatment is made from synthetic deoxycholic acid, mimicking the body’s natural process for fat absorption. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body and is instrumental in breaking down and absorbing dietary fat. By injecting this molecule into the fat beneath the chin, this treatment is able to destroy fat cells similarly to the body’s own process. This results in a visible reduction of fullness under the chin. These cells, once destroyed by deoxycholic acid, are no longer able to store or accumulate fat, thereby producing long-lasting results.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
An ideal candidate for this treatment is in good mental and physical health and has realistic expectations about the results of this treatment. If you are bothered by the appearance of fat beneath the chin, you are an ideal candidate for this treatment, especially if the appearance of submental fullness causes you to look older or heavier than you actually are or if a healthy diet and regular exercise is not impacting the appearance of submental fullness. If, for whatever reason, undergoing cosmetic surgery to remove submental fat is not an optimal choice for you, then this non-invasive treatment may be the right solution.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
This treatment plan is not suitable for anyone who has an infection, including acne or inflammation, in the targeted treatment area. Once any infection or inflammation has cleared up, whether on its own or with the help of our experts, you may consider this treatment. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant in the near future, or are breastfeeding/planning to breastfeed, it is not advisable to receive this cosmetic treatment. Additionally, if your aesthetic goals reach beyond reducing submental fullness, you may wish to consider another treatment option to achieve your desired results.
What To Expect From Treatment
If you feel you may be a good candidate for this cosmetic injectable, you’re likely wondering what to expect from treatments. In this section we will breakdown what to expect before, during, and after your first appointment.
Your Initial Consultation
Before starting any cosmetic treatment, a consultation is required. During your consultation for Kybella treatments, our team of experts will examine the area beneath and around your chin to determine if this is the right solution for you. During your consultation, we’ll also speak about your medical history, including any current medications, to ensure that this treatment is safe for you. Once we have assessed your case, we will create a unique treatment plan to reduce your submental fullness and reach your aesthetic goals.
At your initial consultation, it is important that you disclose any medical conditions that may have an impact on your treatment. For example, if you have had any surgery or cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin or have any medical conditions in or around this area, this may impact your treatment eligibility. Additionally, if you have had any troubles with swallowing or bleeding, it is important to communicate to our specialists. All medicines you are currently taking also must be disclosed, especially if you take anything that thins the blood or prevents clotting (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).
What Does a Treatment Session Look Like?
After completing a consultation, we’ll book you in for your first appointment. Your cosmetic injectables will be administered by a trained healthcare specialist; you can relax knowing you are in good hands. Each treatment session will take between 15 and 20 minutes. During this time, you will receive multiple small injections to the submental region. The exact number of injections will depend on the severity of your submental fullness and your desired profile results.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
Everyone’s chin profile is unique, so the number of treatment sessions required to hit your aesthetic goals will be unique as well. Typically, recipients of this cosmetic injectable receive 6 treatments, though this number varies from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, our specialists will be able to give you a more accurate assessment regarding how many treatment sessions you will need. This number will be based on the amount of submental fat you have accumulated, its distribution under your chin, and your personal aesthetic goals.
Treatment sessions must be scheduled at least 1 month apart and you should not exceed 6 treatments. Treatment is tailored to target the amount of submental fat and meet your aesthetic goals; since the targeted cells will not be able to continue storing or accumulating fat once they have been destroyed, further treatment is not required once your desired aesthetic goal has been reached.
Does This Treatment Require Downtime?
Downtime is not required after a treatment session. It is likely that you will experience some swelling, numbness, or bruising in the treatment area following your appointment; however, these minor inconveniences should be short-lived. Our specialists will provide you with aftercare instructions following your appointment to help minimize any discomfort that may occur.
Start Your Treatment Journey Today
Submental fullness can create the illusion that a person is overweight, even when this is not the case. If unwanted fat deposits accumulated below your chin is causing you distress or a loss of confidence, Kybella may be a suitable treatment option for you. Call the experts at Skin Suite Rx in Chino, CA to book your free consultation and start your journey toward a slimmer profile today.