Are you tired of submental fullness making you look older and heavier than you actually are? If so, you’re in good company. Submental fullness can affect anyone, regardless of age and body fat percentage. At Purely Natural Medical Spa in Brooklyn, NY, we offer Kybella to help our clients improve their self-confidence and improve their contours for good. Here is what you need to know about this non-invasive fat removal treatment.
How Quickly Does Kybella Work?
Kybella works quickly, but the results of the injections will not become fully apparent immediately. Sometimes referred to as deoxycholic acid, this injectable prescription medication provides effective, lifelong results that become apparent approximately three months after the first treatment session. However, it is important to understand your fat metabolism and body fat distribution will affect how quickly your final results will become apparent.
What Is Kybella?
As noted above, Kybella is an injectable prescription medication designed to melt away fat from the chin and neck. After reviewing the results of extensive clinical trials, the FDA approved this injectable to melt away fat in healthy adults.
In other words, you will probably be considered a good candidate for this injectable if you are at least 18 years old and wish to eliminate submental fullness or neck fat. However, this non-invasive fat removal method is not always ideal. We will discuss more thoroughly who will qualify for this treatment shortly.
How Effective Is This Treatment?
This treatment is highly effective. In rare cases, up to six treatment sessions are required to achieve the ideal contours. However, most of the time, you can expect to enjoy ideal results after only one to three treatment sessions.
We will determine how many treatment sessions you will need to achieve your ideal results during your initial consultation. The aesthetic goals you are trying to achieve, the amount of excess fat in your chin and neck and the cause of your submental fullness will affect how many sessions you will need to improve your appearance. For example, you may only need one session if your condition is caused by age. You may need four sessions if you are overweight.
How Convenient Is This Treatment?
This treatment is incredibly convenient. Typically, an injection session can be completed in roughly 15 to 20 minutes. Since no downtime is required once the medication has been administered, you may return to work as soon as your injections are complete and we have reviewed the guidelines for your post-treatment care.
However, it is important to note some people prefer to have their treatment areas numbed before the injections are administered. If you would like to be numbed before your session, your entire treatment may take over half of an hour. This is because it takes roughly 10 to 20 minutes for the topical anesthetic to take effect. We will discuss anesthetizing your treatment area more shortly.
What Is Submental Fullness?
Submental fullness is the medical term describing what is known colloquially as a double chin. Your genes dictate where your body stores adipose tissue for future fuel and where it burns adipose tissue from when it needs extra fuel. Therefore, it is impossible to go on a “miracle diet” or specific exercise routine to spot-reduce fat from the submental area. Additionally, strengthening your jaw and neck muscles will not mask the excess fat.
Unfortunately, submental fullness is very common. As we’ve already mentioned, this condition can affect anyone. Regardless of your age and weight, it is possible to suffer from this condition. It is particularly frustrating for people who have maintained a healthy weight for decades. What’s great about deoxycholic acid is it can treat submental fullness regardless of the cause of the condition.
Why Is Deoxycholic Acid Effective?
This treatment is effective because the active ingredient is deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that your gut produces naturally. Its role is to process and eliminate dietary fat that has passed through your digestive tract. That said, when injected into your chin and neck, it will break down the fat cells in the treatment area. Then, the destroyed fat cells are picked up by your lymphatic system and eliminated from the body.
What is really exciting about deoxycholic acid is it doesn’t just destroy a large percentage of the fat cells in the treatment area. It also causes some of the localized fat cells to release the stored adipose tissue, shrinking them drastically. Notably, the adult human body cannot grow new fat cells. Therefore, even if you consume an excess of calories in the future, there will not be as many fat cells in your submental region to store fat.
How Long Do the Results of This Injectable Last?
The results of this injectable last a lifetime. As noted above, adults are not capable of growing new fat cells. Remember, genetics primarily determine where you will store excess adipose tissue. If your submental fullness is caused by excess fat rather than age, there is a very good chance your genes will tell your body to store excess fat in your chin again if you eat and drink an excessive amount of calories.
However, since you can’t grow new fat cells, the contours of your chin and neck are permanently improved. There is a limit to the amount of adipose tissue a fat cell can store. Therefore, even if you store fat in your chin and neck after your treatment, your submental area will never be as large as it was before treatment. That said, we recommend maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine after your treatment for the best lifelong results.
What the Treatment Process Is Like
What To Expect Before Your Injections
Before your injections begin, we need to ensure this treatment is a good fit for you. We need to talk to you about your health history and the medications you are currently taking to ensure this treatment will be safe and effective for you. Additionally, we need to know the dosages of all pharmaceuticals you are taking. It may be necessary to stop taking certain drugs and supplements temporarily.
Once we have confirmed you are healthy enough to receive this treatment, we need to ensure it will help you achieve your goals effectively. We will discuss your cosmetic goals thoroughly and advise you on the results from treatment you can realistically expect. At this time, we will also tailor a treatment plan that will achieve your aesthetic goals. Before you leave, you’ll know the dose of the medication you need per session and how many sessions you will need.
What To Expect During Your Treatment Session
This fat removal treatment is non-invasive, so it will be completed in one of our warm, comfortable offices. There is no need to spend the night at a hospital after this outpatient treatment. Remember, there is no downtime required after your quick, effective treatment session, so you don’t have to miss any work. We just need to review your post-treatment care guidelines with you to ensure you have a complete understanding of what is expected.
If you’d like, we will apply a topical anesthetic to the skin before your treatment begins. However, it usually takes around 15 minutes to take effect. Keep this in mind when you are scheduling your treatment session. If you don’t want to feel the thin needle used to administer your medication, you may need to advise your supervisor that you will be taking a long lunch break. Once we sanitize and numb the treatment area, we will administer your injections.
What To Expect After Your Treatment Session
Unlike invasive fat removal procedures, like liposuction, there is no significant recovery period following your body contouring injection session. It is safe for you to drive yourself back to work after your treatment because general anesthesia is not necessary. This means you don’t have to worry about arranging transportation to and from your appointment.
However, there are a few guidelines you should follow to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible. For example, you should sleep on your back during the first three to five days following your treatment. This ensures there isn’t too much pressure applied to your neck and chin due to gravity. Additionally, you should keep your chin and neck elevated above your heart during the same timeframe. This will facilitate a faster recovery.
Other Things You Should Do During Your Recovery Period
You’ll get a complete list of what to do after your treatment session during your initial consultation. This will be reviewed immediately after your treatment session to ensure there are no questions about what is expected of you. Here are some other guidelines you should follow once your treatment session is over:
It is important to not smoke during the first few days following your treatment session. Although the punctures made while the medication is being administered are tiny, your skin still needs to recover from the micro-wounds. Additionally, smoking will increase the length of time it takes your skin to settle into place and reveal your new, improved contours.
Don’t Drink Alcohol
You should avoid drinking alcohol during the first few days following your treatment session because it will also slow your recovery period by dehydrating you and flushing out essential micronutrients.
Why Do People Seek This Injectable?
There are many reasons people seek this injectable. As we’ve already discussed, the treatments are convenient and effective and provide results that last forever. What is really interesting is how popular this injectable fat removal method is. The results of a study conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery were published in 2014 and revealed 68% of people were as concerned about chin fat as facial wrinkles.
A double chin takes a significant toll on self-confidence because it can make you look both older and heavier. It takes a great deal of mental energy and emotional labor to carry yourself unnaturally to minimize your double chin and worry about its appearance in impromptu photographs. Nobody deserves to feel self-conscious, and there is no fat removal method that is more convenient than deoxycholic acid.
Improve the Contours of Your Chin and Neck Today
Kybella is an injectable prescription medication approved by the FDA to melt away chin and neck fat in roughly three months. The results of this treatment are considered permanent, but you should still try to maintain your body fat percentage once your course of treatment is complete. To find out if this powerful injectable is right for you, contact us now at Purely Natural Medical Spa in Brooklyn, NY to schedule your initial consultation.