Are you frustrated by your double chin? If so, you are not alone. Submental fullness can make you look older and heavier than you actually are and affect your self-confidence. However, there is a way for you to get rid of your double chin for good. With Kybella treatments at Soza Clinic in Richardson, TX, you can eliminate your submental fullness and look younger and thinner than you have in years.
How Quickly Does Kybella Work?
Kybella, also known as deoxycholic acid, is a prescription medication that provides effective, permanent results. However, the results of this kybella treatment aren’t instant. Rather, most people report satisfactory results after three months or two sessions.
The precise amount of time that must pass before you can enjoy your ideal results depends on the efficiency of your fat metabolism and how much excess fat is under your chin. Here’s a closer look at what this injectable is and how it works.
What Is Kybella?
As stated previously, Kybella is a prescription medication designed to treat submental fullness and eliminate neck fat. This injectable is FDA-approved to treat these cosmetic concerns in adults. If you’re at least 18 years of age, there is a very good chance you will be considered a good candidate for this non-invasive body contouring treatment. We will get into who is a good candidate for this injectable momentarily.
One of the greatest benefits of this injectable is how effective it is. You may need up to six treatment sessions to achieve your desired contours but most people can enjoy their desired results after one to three treatment sessions. Another incredible benefit of this treatment is each session only lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. Since there is no downtime after the injections are administered, you don’t have to take any time off from work.
What Is Submental Fullness?
Submental fullness is the medical term for the condition colloquially called a double chin. It is impossible to spot-reduce fat with special diets or targeted exercises because your genes determine where your body stores fat and where it burns fat from. It’s even difficult to strengthen the muscles in your neck and jaw to try and fight the effects of excess fat.
What’s really unfortunate about submental fullness is it is an incredibly common condition. It doesn’t just affect obese individuals. You can suffer from submental fullness even if you have maintained a healthy weight your entire life. You can be genetically predisposed to accumulating a great deal of fat in your chin and neck region. Your body may also decide to store excess fat in this area as you age. Deoxycholic acid can treat this condition regardless of its cause.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment works thanks to its primary ingredient, deoxycholic acid. This acid is produced in your gut and processes dietary fat. Although it usually breaks down dietary fat in your gut, when it is injected into your submental fullness, it breaks down the fat there. This powerful chemical compound destroys the fat cells; the destroyed fat cells are swept up into your lymphatic system and they are flushed out of the body.
Besides destroying fat cells, this acid also shrinks some fat cells, resulting in them releasing the energy they were storing for future energy shortages. It is worth noting that once fat cells are destroyed and flushed out, they will never return. Even if you store more fat in the future, there will be fewer fat cells in your chin and neck to expand with adipose tissue. Since a fat cell can only expand so far, your jawline is forever improved.
How Long Do the Results of This Treatment Last?
As noted above, this injectable is FDA-approved for individuals who are at least 18 years of age. Furthermore, adults can’t grow new fat cells. Therefore, the fat cells destroyed during this treatment are gone for good and will not be replaced by your body. However, it is important to remember that some of the fat cells in the treatment area are forced to release their stored energy.
These shrunken cells can expand with adipose tissue in the future if you consume more calories than your body needs to maintain its weight. To maintain your ideal contours, we recommend sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
What To Expect Before Your Treatment Session
Before your kybella treatment session can begin, we need to ensure you are a good candidate for this treatment. To determine this, we will talk about your medical history and ask you to tell us about all of the drugs and supplements you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs. We also need to know the dosages of the drugs you are taking. You may need to stop taking certain drugs and supplements temporarily.
If we determine you are healthy enough to receive this treatment, we will discuss the contours you are trying to achieve and assess how much fat is in the area. With this information, we can tailor a treatment plan for your unique needs and advise you regarding how many sessions you may need to achieve your ideal results and how many injections you will need. If you don’t smoke or take blood-thinners, you may not need to prepare for treatment.
What To Expect During Your Treatment Session
Your kybella treatment session will be completed in one of our inviting, comfortable offices. Since this is a non-invasive treatment, you don’t need to stay overnight at a hospital. You are free to leave once your session is over and we have discussed post-treatment care steps with you. Depending on your preference, we may apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area before we make the injections.
Keep in mind that it can take between 10 and 20 minutes for the numbing to take effect. You may need to take a long lunch break if you want your skin to be numbed before the treatment. Once the treatment area is sanitized and numbed if desired, we will administer the medication into strategic locations. After the injections have been made, we will ensure you understand how to care for yourself during your “recovery” period.
What To Expect After Your Treatment Session
Unlike liposuction and other invasive body sculpting procedures, there is no real recovery period following this body contouring treatment. Since there is no general anesthesia or sedation used to keep you comfortably asleep during treatment, it is safe for you to drive after your treatment. Therefore, you don’t need to arrange for a friend to drive you home.
However, it is advisable that you sleep on your back with your chin and neck elevated above your heart for three to five days after your injections. You can keep the treatment area elevated adequately with just one or two supportive pillows. We also recommend that you drink at least half of a gallon of water daily and avoid heat and sun exposure and strenuous exercise for three to five days after your treatment.
How Long Does This Treatment Take?
As mentioned previously, most treatment sessions are between 15 and 20 minutes long. However, it is possible for sessions to run as long as half of an hour if you need your skin to be numbed before the treatment can begin. Regardless, this body contouring treatment can be fit into your schedule easily.
How Many Sessions You Will Need To Achieve Your Desired Contours
Again, some people require between four and six sessions to eliminate their submental fullness completely. If you are at a healthy weight, you will probably need between one and three. We will assess your body fat distribution and discuss your aesthetic goals during your initial consultation. Until we have evaluated your chin and neck, we can’t tell you exactly how many treatment sessions will be required to achieve your ideal results.
Why Do People Turn to This Treatment To Improve Their Aesthetic?
In 2014, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery published the results of a study that found an astonishing 68% of people report they are just as concerned about submental fullness as facial lines and wrinkles. A double chin makes people look older and heavier than they actually are and results in a reduced level of self-confidence.
People often carry themselves in an unnatural way to minimize the appearance of their submental fullness. They feel self-conscious when they laugh, smile, talk and pose for photographs. The constant mental energy required to sustain this is a significant drain and nobody deserves that. When they finish their course of treatments, they feel happier and no longer worry about how their chin and neck look in pictures.
Is This Treatment Actually Effective?
You may think it is too good to be true that you can eliminate submental fullness for good with just one to six 15-minute treatment sessions. However, your body is capable of amazing things. You don’t need to go under general anesthesia and a scalpel to have your unwanted fat cells vacuumed out.
Third-party clinical trials have proven that when deoxycholic acid is injected into an area with unwanted fat cells, some fat cells are destroyed and flushed out by your lymphatic system. Other fat cells release their stored energy, further shrinking the treated area.
Is This Treatment Appropriate for Me?
Once we assess your submental fullness, discuss your desired contours, and verify you are healthy enough to receive these injections, we will determine whether this treatment is appropriate for you. Remember, deoxycholic acid is a chemical compound produced naturally in your gut. Therefore, there is no risk of an allergic reaction or other poor response to the injections.
However, we must say the best candidate for this treatment is committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Remember, not all of the fat cells in the treatment area are destroyed. They can store more fat if you consume too many calories. If this happens, you may need to come in for a touch-up session.
Discover Today if This Powerful Injectable Is Right for You
Are you ready to treat your submental fullness once and for all? If so, deoxycholic acid injections may be right for you. While it can take a few months to see the final results of the treatment, the results are permanent. Contact us today at Soza Clinic in Richardson, TX to schedule your kybella initial consultation and discover if this powerful injectable is the key to revealing the sleek, strong contours of your jawline and neck.