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You may have noticed that your lower face seems a bit rounder than it did, or a small pocket of fat has formed underneath your jawline, giving you the appearance of a double chin. Besides making you look older than you feel, this new development gives the impression you have gained some weight, even if the numbers on the scale have remained steady. A double chin consists of a special type of fat, known as submental fat. While it can occur with weight gain, it can also be a side effect of aging.

What Are My Options for Treating a Double Chin?

In years past, the only effective way to address submental fat was through a surgical lift procedure. The lift procedure was eventually replaced with liposuction, a slightly less invasive procedure that suctioned away the unwanted fat to eliminate the double chin appearance. However, both surgery and liposuction required incisions and involved a degree of swelling, bruising and downtime.

Like lines and wrinkles, there are few effective ways to get rid of that extra fullness under the chin on your own. Fortunately, the staff at AMA Med Spa has the solution for you.

How Does Kybella® Work?

Today, many of our patients choose to eliminate submental fat without surgery, thanks to a revolutionary injectable treatment known as Kybella®. This prescription medication contains a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a substance found in the body that helps to absorb fat. When we inject deoxycholic acid into the fat deposit underneath the chin, the substance works by destroying fat cells so they can be flushed out of the body naturally through the lymphatic system.

There are numerous benefits to using Kybella® to treat submental fat instead of surgery:

  • No anesthesia means fewer risks during and after treatment
  • Recovery and downtime is minimal, making the procedure more convenient
  • Injections do not require incisions that can leave visible scarring behind
  • The treatment works with the natural processes of the body

Like surgery, the results of Kybella® injections are permanent. In fact, many of our patients will achieve full results after just one quick treatment session.

What is a Kybella® Treatment Like?

Kybella® provides another option for patients looking for a way to eliminate submental fat and sculpt a more youthful facial profile. The procedure is virtually painless, so is done without anesthesia and is usually completed in less than 30 minutes. Patients may apply ice to the area, or request a topical numbing cream before injections if they are worried about their comfort level.

Dr. Gulcher or her aesthetic nurse speciaist will strategically place numerous injections into the treatment area to ensure a smooth and even result. Once the injections are completed, you will be able to return home or to other activities. Because there is some swelling and soreness after a Kybella® treatment, patients often choose to take the rest of the day off to rest before resuming their regular schedule.

What Results Can I Expect from Kybella®?

The Kybella® injection goes to work on those unwanted fat cells as soon as the procedure is completed, but that doesn’t mean you will see your results right away. It will take a few weeks for the treated fat cells to be eliminated by the body’s natural processes. Most patients will see their new facial profile develop over time, with the full outcome becoming evident within a few months after your last treatment.

Kybella® is an excellent option for treating submental fullness, but it isn’t right for everyone. The best way to find out if Kybella® is the right choice for you is to contact AMA Med Spa today at our our Deer Park location 847-719-2200, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gulcher or her estheticians.