Having a double chin can dramatically affect your self-confidence. Unfortunately, submental fat (otherwise called a “double chin”) can occur for a variety of reasons. It could be a hereditary feature that was present in previous generations. It can also appear through weight gain, either through an indulgent lifestyle or side effects of some medications.
At Capital Laser & Skin Care, we see many patients who have tried to spot reduce their double chin by introducing a healthy lifestyle. But dieting and exercise can only help so much. Therefore, we recommend a scientifically-proven and non-invasive treatment for double chin reduction to our patients: Kybella.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that is crucial to the breakdown of dietary fat. This FDA-approved injectable treatment provides a non-invasive and non-surgical solution to specifically target double chin reduction. By using the deoxycholic acid in the form of a simple injection, the submental fat responsible for your fuller chin can be safely reduced.
Kybella treatments only affect the fat cells in the chin area, meaning that the targeted cells become unable to store future fat. As a result, the body gradually flushes out the fat cells via the lymphatic system over the course of several weeks to months. Your contours will be visibility improved with minimal downtime.
We warn our patients that they may experience mild swelling and tenderness during the recovery period. However, all side effects, including bruising, disappear rapidly as the body heals.
How Many Kybella Treatments Will I Need?
Typically, you will need 1 to 4 treatments to achieve optimal results. However, the exact number of injections varies depending on the amount of submental fat you wish to remove. As you can receive multiple injections per appointment, you may see a drastic improvement after the first session. Within four weeks, our patients start seeing the first results, as the body begins flushing away the treated submental fat cells, but the best results are seen at three months after treatment. Our Capital Laser & Skin Care team processes a case-by-case evaluation to determine how many Kybella treatments are necessary.
Am I a Candidate for Kybella Double Chin Reduction?
Capital Laser & Skin Care dermatologists recommend Kybella treatment for double chin reduction to our patients who are already at a healthy and stable weight. The reason is that if you are in the process of dieting, natural weight loss could affect your results. We recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle to maintain your contoured results.
While Kybella treatment is a safe injection procedure, it isn’t suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Additionally, Dr. Tanzi and her team consider your medical history carefully. Patients on blood-thinning medications or who suffer from medical conditions in the chin or the neck areas are advised against using Kybella injections
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning more about Kybella double chin reduction? We would love to speak with you. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our Chevy Chase, MD office today at (301) 798-9699 to schedule your private consultation at our laser and cosmetic dermatology center, located just blocks away from Washington, D.C.
*Individual results may vary.