Submental fat (a double chin) is completely normal and not always a byproduct of being overweight. But more than words, at Optimize Face MD in Aliso Viejo, CA, we know you really want a solution. This is why we offer patients Kybella California, an injectable treatment that safely and effectively reduces fat cells in your chin.
How Many Kybella California Sessions Do You Need?
Everyone’s chin profile is unique, so no standard exists for the number of sessions required. Treatment efficacy will depend on the results you want to achieve, the amount of fat you have stored, and your chin size. Each session is scheduled one month apart, and you can have up to six treatments.
Having said that, most patients need two to four sessions to achieve significant results. Some patients are happy after just one treatment – again, your goals will heavily factor into the treatment plan we create for you – but this happens only rarely. Most choose the full six treatments; in clinical studies, 59% of patients underwent all six sessions to ensure the tighter, more contoured appearance they wanted.
When You’ll See Results
Keep in mind results develop gradually, taking between four and six weeks to be measurable. Therefore, if you don’t see a change in your profile after a week or two, rest easy. Your body is simply adapting to the changes treatment renders. Patience is key, as you can expect your profile to be optimally sculpted within six months.
A Permanent Solution
As you’re thinking about the number of sessions you might need and imagining your more youthful appearance, it’s important to remember results with Kybella California are permanent. This means that unlike many other therapies – including injectable dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and facials – you won’t need maintenance sessions because results don’t wane.
How Is This Possible?
The active ingredient in this treatment is synthetic deoxycholic acid, which mimics a molecule the body makes naturally. Its role is to break down and absorb fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, it disrupts cell membranes in adipocytes. These cells are made specifically for fat storage and exist in connective tissues. Once their membranes are compromised, the cells lose integrity and release their fatty contents.
The body then goes to work sweeping away spilled contents and expelling the dead cells. Once a fat cell dies, the body does not replace it. With repeated treatments – remember, you’re limited to six – we’re able to target a percentage of submental fat cells, remove them, and restore your neck and chin contours.
An Important Note
Although treatment permanently eliminates fat cells, you can still gain weight under your chin if you don’t pay attention to diet and exercise. Those fat cells that remain in this area can expand in size as they store unused fat. We therefore recommend that you supplement treatment with healthy lifestyle habits.
What Is This Treatment?
Kybella California is the only FDA-approved non-surgical therapy that targets the fat cells under your chin to improve your profile. We inject it in a very strategic manner to eliminate a double chin. Because its main ingredient mimics a salt found in the body naturally that helps you digest fat, you can rest assured treatment is completely safe. And with its hard-earned FDA approval, you know its mechanisms and efficacy are backed by science.
You can drive yourself home after treatment because a general anesthetic is not necessary. We do, however, use a numbing cream or local anesthetic to reduce pain sensitivity. A small needle is then used to inject the serum, which immediately starts to attack fat cell walls to smooth and define the neck.
What to Expect
When you first arrive for your treatment, a member of our staff will clean the area to be treated. It’s best to come in with a clean face and neck and keep long hair tied back. We’ll then mark the spots on your neck where injections will be made. Once we’ve ensured you’re numb, we’ll administer treatment – in all, your appointment will take less than an hour to complete.
The Truth About Double Chins
We’re using this opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about submental fat. Many people think it’s relative to weight gain, and while this is one factor that can contribute, it’s not the only one. Men and women – yes, we need to include men in this because they, too, choose aesthetic treatments – can be any shape or size and yet have extra chin padding. This is because other causes include:
- Health conditions like an underactive thyroid
- Poor posture
Submental fat is perfectly normal, meaning you shouldn’t feel awkward or ashamed of this padding. The problem, however, is it’s easier to say this than put it into practice. We live in a world of video conferences and selfies that seem to highlight our “flaws.” Over 60% of all people say they have submental fat and feel it distorts the shape of their face and neck.
New Patients with New Goals
Almost half of all patients opting to have this treatment are new to cosmetic therapies. They haven’t previously undergone therapy and, if not for the solution provided by Kybella irvine, may never have done so. And this hard-working fat buster is almost as attractive to men as it is to women; they want to sharpen their jawlines and boost their confidence in relationships and the workplace.
Many are attracted to Kybella’s promise of restored contours. That spot right under the chin does not respond well to diet or exercise, and even if it did, we can’t tell the body where to burn fat. This is why even slim, athletic people can have submental fat. The other aspect of treatment that appeals to patients of all ages is the lack of upkeep, including no future costs to consider. Up to 90% of patients still maintain their results five years after completing treatment.
A universal trend characterizes this treatment, and that is patient satisfaction. In more than 20 studies, nearly 70% of patients reported improvements both physical and emotional. And nearly 80% of all patients noticed a marked reduction in their submental fat and thus felt more satisfied with their appearances. Providers also embrace this treatment, citing the precision and efficacy it provides as game-changers. In short, it does what it says it will do.
What About Other Treatments?
Of all of the treatments you might use to address a double chin, this is the easiest. Liposuction was, in the past, the only way to effectively reduce submental fat. But patients often forget this is an invasive surgery that relies on powerful suction to eliminate fat. Results are immediately visible, but the trauma caused to your body can take weeks to recover from.
Surgery poses risks that some patients cannot medically endure – including the use of anesthesia. A more significant recovery time is also required with liposuction, meaning patients must put their lives on hold. Those who need to continue working, caring for children, or helping other family members don’t have the time required to safely heal. In contrast, Kybella California permanently reduces fat cells without the use of damaging suction techniques or surgery.
Do Dermal Fillers Eliminate Double Chins?
Fillers are ideal for creating definition because they replace what the body naturally loses. Those made from HA, for example, plump and lift and can therefore add structure to the cheeks and projection to the chin. Many patients thus think that fillers provide the same results as Kybella California, but they don’t.
Here, we’re going to compare this treatment to Voluma, a popular dermal filler that works beautifully on the face. It increases volume in a targeted area, especially in the cheeks where sagging is common with age. Once plumpness is restored to cheek pads, the entire face looks more youthful. Voluma can, of course, be used elsewhere, including the jawline, where it’s known to restore contours.
Like Comparing Apples to Oranges
But fillers add volume rather than mitigate fat. They’re versatile in application and work as expected, but the results are temporary. Voluma injections provide results for 12 to 18 months – a substantial amount of time, but much less significant when compared to Kybella California. The latter breaks down fat once, and then it’s gone forever. As we said earlier, you don’t need maintenance treatments the way you do with fillers.
Who’s a Good Candidate?
Nearly anyone with submental fat qualifies for candidacy with these injections. But before treatment is administered, we must first meet with you and discuss topics like your medical history and treatment goals. We’ll also examine your chin and neck to ensure treatment can help. Once that determination is made, we’ll craft a personalized treatment plan that will include the number of sessions you’ll likely need.
Additionally, if you want to explore other treatments that will complement your sculpted chin, we can do so during your consultation. This injectable works well with both dermal fillers and neuromodulators (Botox).
All patients must be over the age of 18 to receive injections; their efficacy has not been studied in patients under this age. We recommend you delay treatment if you have an infection on or near your chin or neck. Last but not least, you must tell a member of our staff about any other surgeries or treatments you have had on your chin to ensure we optimally place each injection.
Preparing for Treatment
Prior to your session, you should stop taking NSAIDs, aspirin, high doses of vitamin E, and St. John’s Wort for about one week. If you take prescription medications, you’ll want to consult with your physician about how they will affect your injections. Likewise, if you take medications that impact blood clotting, we may recommend you get your primary care doctor’s approval before proceeding with treatment.
After Treatment Care
It’s best that you skip strenuous exercise for 48 hours to keep swelling and bruising at bay. Also keep your hands off your face, except for washing and moisturizing. Massaging or manipulating the treated area can influence your results. Likewise, delay laser treatments, chemical peels, and facials on the treated area for 14 days. The day after treatment, you can wear makeup and sunscreen as normal.
A Permanent Fairwell to Chin Fat
Aging inevitably brings changes to our faces, but that doesn’t mean we have to sit back helplessly as those changes take hold. We can fight back, and thanks to this treatment, bidding farewell to double chins is easier than ever. We simply inject the serum, let it work as expected, and repeat treatment until we achieve the desired results. Schedule your consultation today by calling Optimize Face MD in Aliso Viejo, CA.