Kybella 101: The Only Double Chin Injection
While not the first place that comes to mind when we think of fat loss, the jawline is an area that many are self-conscious about. Kybella is a revolutionary double chin injection designed to target and dissolve fat in the chin and jowl. This non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment was FDA-approved in 2015. It has no downtime and requires no time off from work.
Restoring the definition in your jawline can take years off your appearance. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella contains a concentrated amount of deoxycholic acid. When injected, this naturally occurring molecule attracts, breaks down, and absorbs the submental fat beneath the chin.
Submental fat is the scientific name for a double chin. Only fat cells are targeted and eliminated, leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. Even though it doesn’t always look like fat, if your chin is sagging, fat is likely to be the culprit. However, some sagging is caused by skin laxity—which we can treat too!
Can I Have a Double Chin If I’m at a Healthy Weight?
Yes. Double chins are an aesthetic concern for men and women of all ages, weight, and body composition. Excess layers of fat can form even if you aren’t currently or have never been overweight. On the flip side, the chin and jowl are areas where fat remains after significant weight loss.
The top causes of decreased definition in the jawline include:
How Many Double Chin Injections Are Required?
The number of injections per session varies depending on your individual needs. Most require between 20 and 50 small injections, spaced 1 centimeter apart. This sounds like a lot, but the treatment takes just 20 minutes.
One session is not enough to see substantial results. Most require 4 to 6 sessions spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart.
How Long Does It Take Kybella to Work?
Deoxycholic acid begins attracting fat cells immediately. However, you won’t begin to see the beginning stages of fat loss for 4 to 6 weeks.
Significant chin and jawline contouring won’t occur until at least the third session. Once you begin to see results, we can discuss how many more sessions are required for maximum results.
Are Kybella Injections Painful?
Until the Kybella double chin injection, cosmetic surgery (liposuction) was the only option. Receiving between 20 and 50 injections per session might sound painful, but we apply a topical numbing cream ahead of time.
So, you won’t feel a thing!
How Long Does Kybella Last?
One of the many exciting things about Kybella, is that it’s long-lasting! When our body loses fat, the fat cells shrink, but they remain in the body. This non-invasive double chin treatment is unique in that it activates a process to dissolve and absorb fat cells. Some fat cells remain behind, but excessively fatty cells are dissolved.
Since fat cells are dissolved, once your 3 to 6 sessions are complete—it’s likely to be a permanent solution. However, if you gain a significant amount of weight, you may need another series of injections.
The skin underneath the chin may continue to loosen and sag as you age. This is due to the decreased production of the skin’s proteins collagen and elastin. Rejuvenate offers a range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments, to lift, tighten, smooth, and plump aging skin.
Is Kybella Right for Me?
Kybella isn’t right for everyone. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your health and medical history. We’ll also discuss your overall cosmetic objectives and suggest solo or combined aesthetic options.
A double chin injection may not be right for you if:
- You’re mid-treatment for other injectables or aesthetic therapies.
- You have cosmetic surgery planned.
- Your skin or the injection area is inflamed.
- You have problems swallowing.
- You have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder.
- You’re breastfeeding, pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant.
- You’re on prescriptions that may interact with Kybella.
What Are Kybella’s Side Effects?
Kybella is safe and effective for most, has no downtime, and requires minimal changes to your daily routine. The most common side effects are redness, mild pain, bruising, and swelling. These symptoms peak 24 to 72 hours post-injection. Swelling and sensitivity can last 2 to 3 weeks.
Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Contact us immediately or seek emergency medical care if you experience:
- Excessive bruising
- Hair loss
- Facial muscle weakness
- An uneven smile
- Changes to your facial appearance
- Drainage and/or open sores
- Numbness that lasts more than 3 days
- Severe pain or symptoms of any kind
Want to Know if Kybella is Right for You?
If you live in or around McKinney, Texas and want to learn more about double chin injections—reach out to Rejuvenate today.
In the meantime, view our before and after Kybella gallery!