Double chins. If you’re over 40, most of us have one to some degree. It’s a combination of the effects of aging, gravity, and a few extra grams of fat here and there. The result is a profile that is less defined than in our younger years.
People have tried things such as lifting their head and stretching (and hopefully tightening the skin and muscle under the chin), to little effect. But in April 2015 everything changed when a new product called Kybella® came on the market for the treatment of double chins, clinically known as submental fullness. Kybella® is a prescription brand name for an injectable product formulated with deoxycholic acid that dramatically tightens and improves the profile of those with a double chin. Dr. Kronberg now provides Kybella® for her patients.
What is Kybella®?
You can think of Kybella® as basically deoxycholic acid. Dr. Kronberg injects Kybella® in a number of locations under the chin to break down the fat and tighten the profile. Thus far, the FDA has only approved Kybella® for use treating submental fullness.
How does Kybella® work?
Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body whose job is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. That’s the genius behind Kybella® — deoxycholic acid doesn’t see a difference between dietary fat and the fat that has taken residence under your chin. When Dr. Kronberg injects Kybella® under your chin, it breaks down the fat cells and your body flushes them from the system. Once they are gone, your body no longer has the storage mechanism for fat. The fat is gone for good and your profile is strikingly tighter. These changes are permanent as long as you refrain from putting on a good deal of extra weight in the future.
Who is right for Kybella®?
Because Kybella® works by breaking down fat, it’s perfect for people with pockets of fat under their chin. So, if your main reason for your double chin is fat pushing down the skin, Kybella® is a great resource. However, if the sagging under your chin is more due to slackening skin rather than fat accumulation, a neck lift or mid-face lift would probably be better options to tighten your profile.
Kybella Before and After
Are Kybella® injections painful?
Dr. Kronberg injects Kybella® with a very fine needle, and most patients equate the feeling of the injections to nothing more than a slight pinprick. Still, if you’d like, we can apply topical anesthetic before your session.
How long will my results last?
Kybella® gets rid of the fat under your chin permanently, and its removal limits the ability for fat to accumulate in the area down the road. Still, should you put on a good deal of weight you could regain a double chin. There will be some loosening of the skin with aging, but your profile will remain much tighter for the long haul.
How many Kybella® sessions will I need?
The maximum number of Kybella® injection sessions is six, but there isn’t a set number. Dr. Kronberg will discuss your goals and how much you want to change your profile and the two of you will decide on a treatment plan. Many patients love their results after just two to four treatments.
What are the side effects with Kybella®?
Kybella® does have some potential side effects, but they have proven to be rare. They include nerve injury in the jaw that can create an uneven smile, trouble swallowing, and some weakness in the surrounding facial muscles. In clinical studies these side effects are not long-term but they do not resolve immediately.
More common are these side effects:
- Residual pain
- Areas of hardness in the treatment area
If you’re familiar with dermal fillers, these side effects are the same as occur with most fillers.
What are the alternatives to Kybella®?
Kybella® is the only non-invasive option for addressing submental fullness and slimming your profile. A neck lift or mid-face lift are surgical alternatives. Liposuction can also be used under the chin.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in Kybella treatment then give us a call at (713) 771-8941 to see if this is the right procedure for you.