While the fat’s disappeared from your stomach, thighs, and buttocks, you still have pockets under your jaw, despite all the dieting and exercising you’ve done. This submental fullness, better known as a double chin, is a common problem. There’s no need to worry, though — Kybella® injections can permanently reduce the fat deposits and give you back your strong jawline.
The expert team of aestheticians here at Med Physique Center for Aesthetics specializes in treatments that boost your appearance and self-esteem. That includes using Kybella to eliminate your double chin. Keep reading to discover why your double chin is resistant to most treatments, and how Kybella can change your appearance once and for all.
Double chin causes
As many as 68% of people have a double chin, an area of sagging skin surrounding layers of fat. It can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Age: Facial fat deposits move downward as you get older and skin gets lax.
- Genetics: You’re at greater risk if someone in your family has one.
- Unhealthy diet: A diet high in calories and fat can cause weight gain, leading to a double chin.
- Fat storage: The body typically stores excess fat under the jaw.
- Airway position: An airway that sits forward expands the submental area.
- Poor posture: Weak neck and chin muscles lead to sags.
The problems with DIY and surgical treatments
If you’re trying to lose weight, you need to start by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, habits you should keep once you’ve hit your weight loss goal. When it comes to submental fat, though, those habits may or may not be effective since the body naturally stores some of its fat under the jawline.
If you ask Dr. Google what DIY techniques you should try to trim the submental fat, you’ll get a variety of answers. First, you can do stretching exercises that target the chin area. Second, you can try a face mask. Some, such as those made from coffee, green tea, or glycerin support the chin exercises. Others, such as a concoction of egg whites, lemon juice, and honey, tighten the skin to reduce the appearance of a double chin. However, when you go the DIY route, you’re looking at hit-or-miss techniques, and it’s usually a miss.
Plastic surgeons, not at all surprisingly, use surgical procedures to reduce a double chin. These include:
- Liposuction: vacuums out the fat deposits
- Facelift: removes fat and lax skin while tightening and contouring features
- Neck-lift: improves neck and chin contours
The problem with these procedures isn’t the results. It’s that they’re all invasive, require general anesthesia, and trigger swelling and bruising that last about two weeks. And if you take blood thinners or smoke, you face an increased risk of bleeding both during and after the procedure.
Kybella: changing the appearance of your double chin
Your gallbladder produces deoxycholic acid to break down dietary fat. In April 2015, the FDA approved a synthetic version of the molecule for the treatment of submental fullness. Now sold under the brand name Kybella, deoxycholic acid proved to be a game-changer in the aesthetics industry. Here at Med Physique Center for Aesthetics, we use it for all our patients seeking to treat their double chins.
Kybella is definitely not a weight-loss medication. Good candidates for treatment are those at or near their ideal weight and have only moderately loose skin. The injectable works by destroying fat cells under the chin, giving you a stronger jawline.
The average patient needs 2-4 treatments, each spaced a month apart, to see a substantial reduction in submental fat. However, some people may need as many as six sessions to realize their aesthetic goals.
No matter how many sessions it takes, the treatment produces permanent results; once the Kybella destroys the fat cells, your body flushes them out completely. The only way they’ll come back is if you put on a lot of weight again. That’s why we strongly recommend you continue your diet and exercise routine to maintain your results.
If you’re struggling with the appearance of a double chin, Kybella may be just the treatment you’re looking for. To learn more, or to set up a consultation with one of our aestheticians, give Med Physique Center for Aesthetics a call at 512-361-2650, or book online with us today.