Kybella® for a Double Chin
Reduce Submental Fullness in Newton and the Boston Area
Some people call it neck fat. To get technical, some people call it submental fullness. Some people call it what it looks like: a double chin. Boston-area physician Dr. Holly Happe knows that no matter what people call it, they want it gone. The same goes for bra fat, arm fat, thigh fat, and bulging stomach fat. Weight, genetics, or aging may be the culprit, but you don’t have to live with unwanted pockets of fat. That’s why Dr. Happe offers Kybella® for the Boston region at Newton’s Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics.
The bulk of a double chin and other noticeable bulges is typically made up of fat cells. The number of fat cells in your body is basically fixed by the time you enter puberty. That means when you slim down as you diet or exercise, the fat cells are shrinking. You are not losing them.
You have no control over which fat cells shrink. A double chin may remain as a bulky annoyance even as other areas reduce in volume. Or vice-versa.
When expertly placed, Kybella® specifically targets the fat cells that make up a double chin or that bulge out from a bra. It breaks them down so they no longer exist as fat cells.
What is Kybella®?
Kybella® is a prescription injectable approved by the FDA to reduce the look of a double chin. Experienced physicians have discovered and developed other applications in the years since its introduction. It is now used around the United States to help women and men achieve slimmer, sleeker contours.
Kybella® achieves results because it uses the same chemical the body does to break down fats: deoxycholic acid. In the digestive system, this chemical works in the intestines to help digest dietary fats. It impacts the membranes of fat cells, leading to a process known as “adipocytolysis.” This is the body’s natural process that involves a cell releasing its contents, which are then “cleaned up” and removed.
Ideal patients are those who are at their ideal body weight (or close to it).
What Conditions Can Kybella® Treat?
Kybella® is ideal for addressing persistent pockets of fat, as opposed to large areas. A double chin is the most obvious example, though small bulges can be found all over the body. Other potential treatments include bra bulges, jowls, inner knee fat, the upper pubic area, small pockets of fat on the belly or under the arms, and more.
It is not, however, used for weight loss. Diet and exercise are not always effective at reducing a double chin, but they are vital for good health.
Talk to Dr. Happe if you have a double chin or other particular area with an excess of fat. She can explain whether Kybella® would be the best strategy for you.
What is the Newton Kybella® Experience?
Dr. Holly Happe approaches each treatment from multiple perspectives, including as a board-certified anesthesiologist. That means she aims to minimize pain and discomfort from the start.
Before beginning any treatment, however, she will lead a consultation that includes an examination of the double chin or other pockets of fat. She will also take your medical history. Equipped with this information, she will work with you to create a plan.
The number of injections required depends on the area to be treated. To treat a double chin, Dr. Happe may make up to 50 injections in the area. These are done with both skill and speed, combining precision with convenience.
Given the nature of the treatment, you will notice that the area is tender and quite swollen in the following days. That shows that the deoxycholic acid has gone to work. These effects fade shortly, however—usually within a week. It can take weeks to months for fat cells to be cleared from the area, resulting in the gradual reduction of a double chin.
In many cases, multiple treatment sessions are required. A double chin or other pocket of fat will shrink a certain percentage with each round of injections.
Are There Other Causes of a Double Chin?
Though fat is the primary reason a person can develop a double chin, the look of submental fullness may also be due to loose skin. A skin-tightening treatment, such as microneedling, can help to create firmer, tighter tissue for slimmer contours.
Are There Side Effects to Watch For?
Kybella® has an excellent track record. Dr. Holly Happe regularly works with it because of its safety profile and effectiveness. That said, there are certain potential side effects to watch for. You will get a list of possible effects, as well as instructions on caring for the area after a double chin treatment.
What Complements a Double Chin Treatment?
Patients who slim down their double chin or get slimmer contours elsewhere can also consider other cosmetic treatments at Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics. Juvederm® injections are ideal for enhancing facial contours by creating fuller lips and rounder apples of the cheeks. Discover what combination of treatments can give you the look you desire.