Submental fullness – AKA a double chin – can affect anyone, regardless of age, lifestyle, or weight. While it’s totally normal, it can leave a person unhappy with their appearance. But would you believe that there is a solution? The team at Metairie Plastic Surgeons here in Metairie, LA, are thrilled to offer Kybella, a treatment that melts away fat cells under the chin and reveals a structured jawline underneath, so you can feel happy in your own skin.
How Long Do Kybella Results Last?
Amazingly, this treatment permanently destroys a lot of the fat cells around the chin. Other fat cells may only shrink down and could potentially expand again with weight gain, but you can avoid this simply by maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. In short, it’s possible to achieve nearly permanent results from this incredibly simple, easy treatment. Amazing, right? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – keep reading to find out what else there is to love about Kybella.
What is Kybella?
This is an incredible method of removing stubborn fat around the chin using a few simple injections. Patients love that it’s minimally invasive, doesn’t require any downtime, and can achieve great, lasting results in just a couple of sessions. It’s the only FDA-approved injectable for melting away a double chin and has been designed specifically to be used only in that area.
Why Do I Have a Double Chin?
There are so many reasons a person might struggle with a double chin. Perhaps it’s the result of genetics, which may be the case if you’ve had one for your whole life. Sometimes fluctuating weight loss and gain can be at the root of the problem. Of course, with age comes the slowing of metabolism and changes all over the body. But while all these reasons are perfectly normal and valid, it doesn’t mean a person is totally comfortable with their double chin.
Double chins can be a huge hit to self-esteem, making a person worried about how they look in photos, or even self-conscious about the way they talk and laugh when they’re with their friends. No one should feel uncomfortable in their body or restricting themselves in their daily life. This treatment offers a solution to that, allowing patients to reclaim their beauty and feel free in their skin.
How Exactly Does Treatment Work?
Have you ever heard of deoxycholic acid? It’s an acid that our body produces in the stomach, and it’s responsible for breaking down the fats we consume when they reach our stomach. In the case of this treatment, a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid is used as the key ingredient in the product injected into the targeted areas. It breaks down the unwanted fat cells in your double chin, draining them of their fluid so they shrink right down, or even destroying them entirely.
When Will I Be Able To See Results?
Following treatment, these destroyed fat cells and fluids have to leave the body through natural processes like excretion. This usually takes between one and four weeks, depending on how quickly your body functions (for example, some people’s kidneys work faster to filter waste from the bloodstream than others). This makes for gradual results that look natural whilst still be beautiful and striking. They become even more pronounced with multiple sessions.
What Happens During My Session?
Ahead of your actual appointment, you’ll come in for a consultation. This is your chance to tell us about your concerns and cosmetic goals, and our chance to make sure this treatment is the best option for you. We’ll go through your medical history and any medication you might be on just to make sure you’re in the right condition for treatment.
We’ll design a treatment plan tailored to your specific goals, including how many injections you’ll get across how many sessions. Some patients might require only one or two sessions to achieve optimal results, while others need five or six. In a clinical study, it was found that 59% of patients had up to six sessions to achieve their desired results. We likely won’t ask you to do anything special to prepare for your treatment, except coming in with a clean face and neck.
On the Day
You’ll come to our gorgeous Metairie office for your session, which will be performed by a member of our expert staff. We may apply a numbing cream to the treatment area, but even without it, the needle used is so fine that our patients often report experiencing no discomfort throughout treatment. The injections are made quickly, and the whole process takes between 15 and 20 minutes. Then you’re all done! You can head straight home, and even drive yourself there.
Patients love that there’s no recommended downtime or recovery period for this treatment. They can get straight back to work or running errands without having to worry about the bedrest that comes with surgical options. We may suggest a few guidelines for looking after sensitive skin, including avoiding excessive heat or strenuous exercise for a couple of days following, but nothing significant enough to interfere with your daily routine.
When all the fluids and cells are flushed out, and your new jawline starts to emerge, you can enjoy newfound confidence. Patients love that there’s no longer a little voice in their head worrying about how pronounced or noticeable their double chin might be, and they can instead focus on living their lives feeling uninhibited and happy.
How Can I Remove Unwanted Fat on Other Parts of the Body?
This treatment is highly specialized and can only be used on a double chin. Its ability to destroy cells means it can be injected too close to any sensitive and important tissue, which makes it perfect for submental fullness – those fat cells are isolated and totally safe to inject. If you’re looking to treat other areas of unwanted fat, here at Metairie Plastic Surgeons, we’re proud to offer a number of excellent alternative solutions.
One of the best-known fat removal techniques out there is Liposuction. This procedure can be used all over the body, including the abdomen, thighs, and back, to extract fat using a small tube that’s inserted under the skin. The results are permanent and create contours and a more toned physique. There’s certainly a reason it’s so popular – it really works!
Face and Neck Lift
Kybella is an excellent treatment for fat, but what if your double chin is caused by sagging skin? If you don’t have fat cells in your chin, it won’t be effective. A face and/or neck lift tightens sagging skin and even removes excess skin. During the procedure, skin is carefully grafted and tissue is reconstructed. The result is a more sculpted jawline, as well as diminished fine wrinkles.
We offer several other injectables that can address other concerns on the face, like filling out wrinkles and restoring volume to give a more supple, youthful look. Used in conjunction with Kybella, they can rejuvenate your entire face. During your consultation, we can decide which one will work best for you and possibly even design a treatment plan where you can target multiple areas at once, such as submental fullness alongside fine lines around the eyes and eyebrows.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
If you’re over 18 and struggling with submental fullness, you may want to come in for a consultation about this treatment. Optimal candidates are willing to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle following their treatment to maintain results and have realistic cosmetic goals and expectations from treatment.
Certain medications may make a person ineligible for treatment due to the risks of blood clotting. This is why it’s so important for us to go over your medical records and family history. We’ll be happy to suggest alternative treatments or solutions if this treatment won’t work for you. Likewise, women who are pregnant, planning to fall pregnant, or breastfeeding will be asked to come back in the future.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re interested in a gorgeous, shapely jawline, our expert staff are excited to help you out. We can talk you through your treatment options and get you ready for your session so you can feel confident and happy as soon as possible. To book your consultation, call us at Metairie Plastic Surgeons in Metairie, LA, today.