Obtaining a sleek, tight jawline is a common goal among men and women everywhere. Unfortunately, loose under-chin fat can lead to the appearance of a double chin and a loss of facial definition. A double chin, referred to in the cosmetic field as submental fullness, can develop due to a wide variety of factors, including weight gain, aging and genetics. Slimming down your jawline using traditional means like a healthy diet and exercise routine can prove unsuccessful for many individuals, especially if your submental fullness develops due to aging. Thankfully, Kybella is here to provide an FDA-approved nonsurgical fat reduction solution.

At Time 4 U Med Spa, board-certified Dr. Lisa Gulcher and her staff are passionate about helping you love the way you look. With an extensive selection of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments all designed to get you closer to your dream body with minimal downtime, the experts at Time 4 U Med Spa are ready to help you achieve all of your beauty goals. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your double chin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gulcher to learn more about Kybella. With a series of injectable Kybella treatments, you can finally receive the defined jawline you deserve.

What Causes Submental Fullness?

Excess under-chin fat can be caused by fluctuations in weight due to pregnancy, menopause or an unhealthy lifestyle. Aging is also a key factor in the development of submental fullness. While all individuals have some amount of fat stored under the chin, aging and the natural weakening of muscle, collagen and elastin fibers can cause the fat to hang loosely and unsupported. Genetics are also a common cause for the development of a double chin, as the genes for fat storage are stored in DNA and cannot be changed.

Liposuction is a popular treatment choice for patients hoping to eliminate their under-chin fat. However, not every patient is a candidate for surgery or is interested in a surgical procedure to address such a small issue. Patients with a double chin that develops due to aging may also not see favorable results from liposuction alone, as the procedure can exacerbate loose skin. Options for treating submental fullness have historically been limited. With Kybella, however, patients now have access to an effective, nonsurgical option for directly targeting their under-chin fat.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is an injectable treatment formulated using synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that can be found in the human body. When injected into fatty tissue, the acid immediately gets to work breaking down fat cell membranes to eliminate unwanted fat for good. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable fat loss treatment and has been proven safe and effective in clinical trials. The deoxycholic acid used in Kybella is virtually identical to the natural form of the acid found in the body, ensuring safety and minimizing any risk of complications.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Kybella?

Good candidates for Kybella are patients with a mild to moderate amount of under-chin fat. Patients interested in Kybella treatments should have already tried diet and exercise to achieve their results. Patients with excessive amounts of loose neck skin or muscle tissue may not be ideal candidates for Kybella as it will not address tissue laxity, only unwanted fat. Patients should have realistic expectations about the treatment and their results. Dr. Gulcher can determine if Kybella is right for you following an in-person consultation and discussion of your goals.

What Should I Expect During My Kybella Treatment?

Dr. Gulcher will first apply topical anesthesia to the neck and under-chin area to numb the skin. The targeted injection sites will be determined before beginning treatment to ensure optimal results. Dr. Gulcher will then begin administering the Kybella beneath the chin with a series of targeted injections. The amount of product used and the number of injections required will vary among each patient according to their anatomy and desired results. Once Dr. Gulcher has finished injecting the necessary amount of Kybella, patients are free to immediately return home.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Kybella?

The most common side effects of Kybella injections include mild to moderate swelling, bruising, skin redness, tenderness and numbness. Most side effects diminish in one to two weeks, although a small amount of residual swelling may linger for one month.

Does Kybella Require Any Downtime?

Kybella is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that produces minimal downtime. Patients should plan on waiting 48 to 72 hours before resuming all normal activities. While some patients may feel able to return to their normal schedules the very next day, the swelling and other visible side effects from Kybella treatments typically require a couple of days of healing before patients feel comfortable going out in public.

How Many Kybella Treatments Are Necessary?

Improvements are visible with just a single treatment, but patients will need two to six Kybella sessions for optimal results. Appointments will need to be scheduled one month apart each to allow time for swelling to subside. Exactly how many treatment sessions are necessary for you will depend on your amount of submental fullness, budget and desired results. Most patients schedule four Kybella appointments to achieve satisfying results. Dr. Gulcher will work with you individually to establish a treatment plan that meets your budget and your goals.

What Kind of Results Can Be Expected?

Following completion of a Kybella treatment plan, patients can enjoy a slimmer, tighter jawline. The reduction of under-chin fat will result in a better contoured and more youthful facial profile. Results are visible once all swelling subsides, typically one month following the final treatment. With patients requiring an average of four treatments, you can expect to see final results in about four months.

How Long Do Results Last?

The fat cells treated with Kybella are completed destroyed and will not come back. Patients are not immune from gaining additional fat in the under-chin area, however, through an unhealthy or sedentary lifestyle. While most individuals enjoy their jawline-slimming results for many years and do not require additional Kybella treatments, patients should be prepared to maintain their results through an active and healthy lifestyle.

Eliminate Your Double Chin at Time 4 U Med Spa

Make your double chin a thing of the past with help from the experts at Time 4 U Med Spa. With FDA-approved Kybella treatments, Dr. Gulcher can help you rid yourself of your submental fullness and live your life in total confidence. If you are ready to say goodbye to your double chin, give Time 4 U Med Spa a call today to schedule your consultation and learn more about Kybella.