What is Kybella, and Does it Work?
We all have at least one thing we would like to change about our face, right?
For some of us, it is the dreaded double chin that can make us look older than we actually are. For decades, only invasive surgery could tackle the issue.
Today, however, incredible advances in the world of aesthetic beauty have ushered in impressive treatments to improve our appearance without going under the knife and experiencing major downtime.
For many celebrities and non-celebrities alike, Kybella has become the answer for melting away fat under the chin. There is no anesthesia or liposuction involved. Instead, Kybella consists of a series of injections that deliver permanent, life-changing results.
How Do Double Chins Develop?
A double chin or submental fullness can be frustrating to the women and men who have it, but they aren’t alone. A double chin is quite a common feature. In fact, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has found that 68 percent of those with a double chin want it removed.
A double chin can develop from your family genes no matter how sleek and fit you are. So there appears to be a hereditary factor.
You can also form a double chin from general aging. As we get older, our skin starts losing its firm foundation, and for some of us, sagging skin pools right under the chin.
Gaining weight is the third contributor of a double chin as a layer of fat forms below the chin.
Double chins can crop up on both the young and old.
What Is In Kybella Injections?
A Kybella session is performed in-office as a non-surgical treatment and consists of a drug called deoxycholic acid. That same substance is found in the human body to help your digestive system to absorb fats.
Kybella is a safe and synthetic form of the acid that behaves, in the same way, to destroy fat cells when it is injected under your chin.
By zapping away those cells, they will no longer be able to accumulate or store fat under your chin.
How Do The Treatments Work?
With Kybella, multiple sessions will be needed for optimal results. The injections are delivered to the neck in a grid-like pattern spaced out every 1 centimeter.
It is not an overnight solution, but the results can be very good and show their chin-slimming effects gradually. For some patients, a full range of Kybella sessions can last for six months. Twenty to fifty shots are typical during one treatment session, and each session is spaced about a month apart. The injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
In clinical studies, 59 percent of patients received 6 treatments.
The exciting news is that many patients see results after the second session or so.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Once you leave your Kybella treatment, there aren’t any bandages to wear, and you can return to your daily schedule. There is no significant downtime, but you may experience swelling, tenderness and redness of the neck for three to five days post-injection.
Bruising is also common and depends on how many injections were performed and the size of the treatment area.
Kybella remains the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for melting away fat cells under the chin and improving one’s profile. The drug was approved for cosmetic use in 2015 and has since been the focus of some 20 clinical trials worldwide.
No Stitches, Scalpel Or Anesthesia
Most people today would like to avoid undergoing surgery and prefer that Kybella is a cosmetic treatment featuring quick and safe injection sessions that can be tailored to each individual.
Aesthetic experts say that the best Kybella candidate is one with good skin and a very distinct appearance of fat under the chin. The treatment is not performed on those under age 18 or on pregnant women.