Many people feel self-conscious about their profile due to excess chin fat, also known as submental fullness. However, not everyone has the time or money to undergo an invasive body contouring procedure. At Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA, we offer Kybella. Featuring a small dose of deoxycholic acid, this effective injectable provides dramatic results. Here’s what you need to know.
Is Kybella a Permanent Fix?
Yes, Kybella is a permanent fix. Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that is produced by your gut. Its role is to process and eliminate dietary fat. However, when it is injected into your chin or neck, it destroys some of the fat cells in the targeted areas. Since adults can’t grow new fat cells, there will never be as many fat cells in the targeted areas as there were before treatment.
That said, it is important to understand you need to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle after your course of treatments is over. Some of the fat cells in the treatment areas only shrink when they release excess adipose tissue. Since these fat cells aren’t destroyed, they can still store excess fat in the future. The only way to ensure you will enjoy a desirable profile for the rest of your life is to do a good job of maintaining your weight.
How Much Weight Can I Gain Without Affecting My Results?
Depending on several factors, including genetics, you may be able to gain between five and 15 pounds of fat before you notice your improved contours changing. If you’re worried about gaining weight after your treatment, consider weighing yourself weekly or monthly and keeping track of your weight.
Weighing daily isn’t very valuable because your weight can fluctuate by several pounds from one day to the next due to water retention. For instance, you may notice a five-pound increase on the scale from Saturday to Sunday because you lifted very heavy weights and your muscles are retaining water to repair themselves and grow stronger and larger. Additionally, your diet significantly affects how much water you retain. You should expect a very large increase after eating lots of carbs.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
Before we schedule your injection sessions, you must come in for an initial consultation. To determine whether this treatment is appropriate for you, we will discuss your aesthetic goals, assess the amount of fat you have in your areas of concern, and talk about your health.
If we determine you are a good fit for this treatment, we will discuss all preparation and recovery guidelines with you. If you feel confident you can adhere to all of the guidelines, we will tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs so you can enjoy an attractive profile for the rest of your life.
The treatment itself is incredibly convenient. An entire injection session takes roughly 15 minutes to complete. Additionally, this treatment isn’t painful at all because of the gauge of the needle we use to administer the treatment. After administering several doses of deoxycholic acid into strategic points within your targeted areas, you are free to return to work.
One of the reasons people love this injectable is there is virtually no recovery period. There is no downtime required once the injections are complete, so you are free to return to work. However, it is advisable to protect your skin from sun damage and refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking for several days post-treatment. Again, we will give you a complete list of instructions during your initial consultation.
How Many Sessions Will I Need to Achieve My Desired Profile?
Most people can enjoy their desired results after two to four treatment sessions. However, if your submental fullness is caused by your genes or age, you may only need one session to achieve the profile of your dreams. On the other hand, you may need six treatment sessions to achieve your desired results if you have a great deal of excess fat beneath your chin.
How Quickly Will I See the Results of This Treatment?
Depending on your metabolism, health, and lymphatic system, it can take anywhere from four to six weeks to see the final results of your treatment. That said, you can take steps to improve the efficiency of your lymphatic system and see your final results sooner.
For instance, you can get a lymphatic massage, go for regular walks, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious foods. Even if you have a slow metabolism, if you support the efficiency of your lymphatic system, you may see your final results within four or five weeks.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
As noted above, it is important to come in for an initial consultation to determine whether you qualify for this treatment. However, if you’re at least 19 years old and in fairly good health, you will probably qualify.
Book an Initial Evaluation Now
Say goodbye to submental fullness for good. Kybella is a permanent fix for unwanted chin and neck fat. Contact us today at Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA to schedule your initial consultation and out if you are a good candidate for this quick, painless treatment.