Fullness beneath the chin can create the illusion of being overweight, even when your body is otherwise in shape. This stored fat can cause a loss of confidence or other self-esteem issues, as it can add unwanted fullness to the face. At The Aesthetic Clinique in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, our experts are proud to offer Kybella, a non-invasive cosmetic injectable that is proven to reduce the appearance of submental fullness. If eliminating fullness under your chin is one of your top aesthetic goals, this cosmetic treatment may be the right solution for you.
How Long Do Kybella Results Last?
Reducing submental fullness and improving the appearance of the profile can be challenging to do with diet and exercise alone. Kybella is the only FDA-approved non-surgical cosmetic treatment proven to reduce the appearance of unwanted fat accumulated beneath the chin. It is an injectable prescription medicine that produces long-lasting results using man-made deoxycholic acid. This chemical compound, also known as cholanoic acid, mimics a naturally occurring steroid acid. Its primary function is the emulsification and absorption of fats in the body.
This injectable treatment is able to virtually destroy fat cells through a method similar to your body’s natural fat-absorption processes. Through the injection of cholanoic acid into submental fat, a visible reduction of fullness under the chin can be achieved. Once destroyed by the deoxycholic acid, the targeted fat cells are no longer able to accumulate or store fat. This permanent destruction of fat cells is what allows this treatment to generate stunning, long-lasting results.
What Causes Submental Fullness?
The accumulation of fat beneath the chin (or the “submental” region) is also known as submental fullness. This pocket of fat beneath the chin is referred to colloquially as a “double chin”. The submental area is prone to storing fat for a number of reasons. The most common reason that fat accumulates in this area is due to weight gain. However, genetics and aging can also contribute to the accumulation of fat in the submental area.
Submental fullness can be difficult to eliminate through routine exercise and a healthy diet and exercise. Because weight gain isn’t the only contributing factor to the development of this condition, men and women who are in peak physical condition can still accumulate submental fat. This can give even the healthiest individual the illusory appearance of being overweight. Submental fullness can cause distress, low self-esteem, and body negativity, or even dysmorphia.
What Does Treatment Look Like?
Before starting a treatment plan with this product, we will book you in for an initial consultation. This is to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for this treatment and that it is the best option for your specific aesthetic needs. During this consultation, our team will examine the targeted area to determine the severity of your submental fullness and decide if this treatment is the right solution for your unique case. Once we have assessed your submental region, we will be able to create a personalized treatment plan to address your submental fullness and reach your desired profile appearance.
During your consultation, it’s important for us to speak about your medical history. You will need to disclose if you have had prior cosmetic treatments or surgeries performed on your face, neck, or chin. Any medical conditions in or around this area, including difficulty swallowing or any problems with bleeding, must also be disclosed. All medicines you are currently taking, whether prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal, must be shared as well, especially if you are taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications (medicine that prevents the blood from clotting).
What To Expect at Your First Treatment Session
After you’ve completed your initial consultation and we’ve determined you to be a good fit for Kybella, we’ll book you in for your first treatment. When you arrive at our clinic, we will disinfect the submental area and surrounding region and may apply a small amount of topical anesthetic to maximize your comfort during your appointment. Your injections will then be administered by one of our highly trained specialists in multiple small injections to the targeted area.
The severity of your submental fullness and your desired results will determine the number of injections you will receive. During your consultation, we will give you an accurate picture of what to expect in regards to the exact number of injections. Regardless, you can expect your treatment session to take between 15 and 20 minutes; it is an efficient process that could easily be fit into your lunch hour break.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
The number of treatment sessions required to achieve optimal results varies from person to person. This is due to the unique nature of everyone’s chin profile; That being said, over half of the recipients of this cosmetic injectable have found 6 treatments to be optimal for their desired results. During our consultation with you, we will be able to assess the severity of your submental fullness and give you an accurate assessment in regards to how many treatment sessions you will need. This number will be based on the amount and distribution of submental fat as well as your desired results.
You can expect to book your treatment sessions at least 1 month apart from each other. We do not recommend exceeding 6 treatments; most cases can be effectively treated with 6 sessions, and some in fewer sessions. Because the targeted cells, once destroyed, are not able to store or accumulate any more fat, further treatments are not required after you have reached your desired aesthetic goal.
What Does Recovery Look Like?
Downtime is not required after receiving treatment with this injectable. It is common to experience some swelling, numbness, or bruising following your appointment; these are the body’s normal reactions to minor trauma, and should last no longer than a few days. Our specialists will be happy to provide you with additional aftercare instructions following your treatment to minimize these inconveniences.
Who Is This Treatment Right For?
If the appearance of fat beneath your chin is causing you any amount of distress, this treatment may be an appropriate solution for you. It is especially recommended for men and women whose submental fullness creates the illusion of being heavier or overweight, or older than their actual age. If maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise has had no impact on the appearance of submental fullness, this treatment may be right for you. Additionally, if undergoing cosmetic surgery to remove submental fat is not an option for you, then this non-invasive alternative could be a better way to meet your aesthetic goals.
An ideal candidate for this treatment has good overall health and moderate to severe submental fullness. It is important that candidates for this treatment have realistic expectations about their results; if you’re not sure if your expectations are realistic, a consultation with our experts can help you to gain clarity on how to best achieve your desired results.
Who Is Not Eligible To Receive This Treatment?
If you are currently suffering from an infection, including acne or inflammation, in the neck or submental area, you will not be able to receive this treatment. You may be eligible to receive this treatment once again when your infection or inflammation has cleared up. If you need assistance in healing your skin condition, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation with our experts. The Aesthetic Clinique offers many skin treatments which may be suitable for you. Moreover, if your aesthetic goals reach beyond the removal of subdermal fat, you may wish to consult with our specialists to find a more suitable option for your goals.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, we will not be able to administer this cosmetic injectable to you. Likewise, if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, you will not be able to receive this treatment. Minimal research has been done to assess the safety of this treatment for pregnant and breastfeeding women, so it is advisable to err on the side of caution.
Start Your Journey To a Slimmer Profile Today
If the appearance of unwanted submental fullness has resulted in a loss of confidence for you, you’re not alone. The good news is that there is a solution and a slimmer facial profile is absolutely within your reach. If you think that Kybella may be right for you, call The Aesthetic Clinique in Santa Rosa Beach, FL to book your free consultation today.