A double chin affects more than just your appearance; it can affect your confidence and make you feel heavier, older, or less attractive than you are. However, there’s now a solution that can eliminate your double chin permanently. At The Laser Center of Marin in Corte Madera, CA, we offer Kybella, a revolutionary cosmetic injectable designed to specifically target and eliminate the stubborn fat below the chin that creates the appearance of a double chin.
How Long Does Kybella Last?
Once you choose to begin a treatment plan with Kybella, you can expect the results to last permanently. This injectable works by breaking down the fat cells that are causing the appearance of a double chin. Once those fat cells are eliminated by the body through natural processes, they cannot return. This injectable works so well because the body cannot grow new fat cells after a certain age.
During adolescence, your body has all of the fat cells you will have for life and cannot grow new ones. If any of those fat cells are destroyed and then eliminated by the body, they cannot grow back. Once the fat cells below your chin are effectively broken down and destroyed by this injectable’s main ingredient, deoxycholic acid, your body will eliminate them slowly over the next few months, and they won’t return and you will have a contoured chin profile.
How to Make Your Results Permanent
After undergoing this treatment, you can achieve permanent results as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid weight gain. When you gain weight, the existing fat cells in your treatment area may expand due to that weight gain.
To prevent this from happening, all you have to do is eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and make healthy lifestyle choices, and then you won’t have to worry about the expansion of any remaining fat cells beneath your chin.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to avoid weight gain. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, and you probably know just as much if you’ve ever spent any time on a treadmill and experienced just how painfully long it took to burn those 300 calories that you consumed in less than five minutes. Eating a healthy diet will make a big difference in your results and help you maintain a healthy weight long term.
Exercise looks different for different people. You don’t have to work out for hours at a time to maintain a healthy weight. All that matters is that you’re getting some form of movement every day, for 30 minutes or longer. Your goal should be to increase your heart rate and promote healthy blood circulation. As a bonus, you’ll get that rush of feel-good endorphins that will help promote a healthy mood.
You won’t gain weight as long as you balance the number of calories you eat with the number of calories you burn. Getting activity every day will help you maintain your results long-term, avoid weight gain, and help maintain a stable and healthy body weight over time.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is a fat-dissolving prescription medication in a cosmetic injectable form that contains an active ingredient called deoxycholic acid. This is a synthetic version of a substance that your body uses daily to assist in different digestive processes and help break down dietary fat.
When it’s injected into the area below the chin that is creating the appearance of a double chin, deoxycholic acid will help break down those stubborn fat cells in the area. Your body will naturally eliminate them from the system, and as it does, you’ll see your double chin slowly fade away.
What Causes a Double Chin?
A double chin can result from both genetics and your lifestyle. Some people are genetically predetermined to have a double chin, despite having a relatively fit body composition. Others develop a double chin as a result of weight gain. For some, even though they’ve reached a healthy weight, that submental fullness has become a problem area defined by stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet or fitness efforts.
Regardless of why you have a double chin, it can affect your confidence and make you feel older or less attractive than you are. It can also make you look heavier than you are when in actuality, you have reached a healthy body weight.
How Does the Treatment Process Work?
Your treatment process will begin with an initial consultation at our office. We will evaluate your degree of submental fullness, learn more about your health history, and confirm whether this cosmetic injectable is right for you. Once we confirm your eligibility, we can schedule your injection appointment.
The Injection Process
The injection process is quick and virtually painless. The entire appointment only takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Your injector will sanitize your skin in the planned treatment area and then make a series of quick and virtually painless injections in some precise locations below your chin, around the jawline, and in the upper neck area.
We can apply a topical numbing solution upon request. Most patients make it through this process comfortably. We will take every measure to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most patients need at least two treatments to achieve their desired results. You may need more treatments based on your degree of submental fullness and how your body responds to the treatment. During an initial consultation, we will evaluate your area of concern and help determine how many sessions you will need to achieve your goals. A patient can have as many as six injection sessions with four weeks between.
When Will I See Results?
Most patients noticed visible changes in their double chin within four to six weeks of their initial treatment. However, you will achieve the best results after undergoing the recommended number of injection appointments.
This process does take time since it relies on your body to eliminate the fat cells once deoxycholic acid breaks them down. As your body eliminates those fat cells, you will watch your double chin transform and become more sculpted and contoured.
You won’t have to worry about any downtime after your injection appointment, but you will need to take extra care of the treatment area. You should avoid touching, rubbing, or putting any pressure on the injection sites after your treatment. Avoid any type of massage that will put pressure in that area for at least three to five days post-treatment.
Additionally, you should avoid sun exposure and strenuous activity for the first few days after your treatment. Don’t plan on scheduling any facials or skincare treatments that will affect the injection site for at least two weeks post-treatment. Once you come in for your initial injection appointment, your injector will provide you with a complete list of aftercare directives so that you know how to care for the treatment site.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for Kybella are men and women with the appearance of a double chin, also known as submental fullness, making them feel self-conscious about their appearance. If diet and exercise have done nothing to improve the appearance of your double chin or help you eliminate fat in the area, you may be a good candidate for this injectable.
An initial consultation is the best way to determine if this treatment is right for you. Candidates should be over the age of 18. This injectable has not yet proven to be a safe option for pregnant or nursing women.
Eliminate Your Double Chin for Good
You don’t have to live with a double chin, and you don’t have to let it affect your confidence. There is a solution, and we can help you redefine, sculpt, and contour your chin and jawline so you can look and feel your best. Contact us today at the Laser Center of Marin in Corte Madera, CA, and schedule your initial consultation so that you can learn more about Kybella and if it’s the right choice for you.