The chin and jawline are the framework of your face and are often the first things a person sees when they meet you. If you have extra fat or jowls, they can make you look older or overweight even if you’re not. For those who have accumulated fat under the chin that doesn’t seem to budge despite strict dieting or an exercise regimen, Kybella is a breakthrough solution to destroy these fat cells and eliminate the dreaded double chin.
The obvious perk of Kybella is that it is a non-surgical treatment involving a series of injections. It doesn’t require anesthesia and has very little downtime. Depending on your condition, Dr. Kwan will probably recommend a series of treatments spread out over a few months. This makes Kybella a longer treatment process than chin liposuction, but it also doesn’t require significant downtime. Another great perk is that immediately after a Kybella treatment, you can return to work or your normal daily activities.
The final results of the treatment won’t show completely until three to four months after you finish your round of treatment. The number of recommended treatments varies from patient to patient. It’s up to Dr. Kwan to decide how many treatments will properly eliminate the double chin.
Kybella is made up of a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid which in its natural form is a bile acid responsible for fat breakdown in the body. This acid dissolves chin fat by destroying the fat cell membranes and causing them to burst. Once these cells are destroyed, they can never accumulate fat again, making Kybella a permanent solution for stubborn chin fat.
As of now, Kybella has only been approved for the removal of fat under the chin. One consideration is that if you have sagging skin under the chin, Kybella will not fix or tighten it; only a surgical chin lift will correct this. At Kwan Dermatology, we offer Kybella treatments for subcutaneous fat under the chin and can also suggest solutions for sagging skin. During your consultation, one of our skin specialists will determine if you are a good candidate for Kybella.