Everyone has a little submental fat, or a slight double chin. If you lower your jaw to your chest, it’s normal for the skin and thin layer of fat to fold over. However, if holding your head up high doesn’t get rid of the roll under your chin, it might be a sign you could benefit from Kybella®, one of the first minimally invasive treatments for submental fat.
At Temecula Medical Group in Temecula, California, Richard Rawson, DO and his team provide concierge medical services, including aesthetics and cosmetic injectables like Kybella.
An overview of Kybella
If you’ve never heard of Kybella before, you wouldn’t be the first. It’s only recently begun gaining traction as a treatment for submental fat, or double chins. It was approved by the FDA in 2015, and has become a popular alternative to surgery.
It’s minimally invasive, which means no incisions or sutures are required. The process involves injecting a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid under the chin. Deoxycholic acid is naturally produced by the body to absorb fat cells, and it can be used to target small fat reserves on the body.
However, it’s important that Kybella is injected by a trained physician, since it can destroy other cells as well. Don’t settle for an inexperienced injector, and make sure to discuss your treatment with your aesthetician beforehand. Dr. Rawson and our team are highly experienced and can safely treat your under-chin fat.
What to expect
Each Kybella treatment typically takes 15-20 minutes, and it generally takes 20-40 small injections to target the area. Over the next few days, the acid will slowly absorb the fat cells, reducing the appearance of your double chin.
It will likely take more than one session to achieve the full results. Most people notice improvement after two to four sessions, and six is enough in 59% of cases. The progress will be gradual, so it requires a degree of commitment and patience.
However, Kybella treatments require no downtime, so you can continue working and socializing normally in between treatments. You might experience some swelling, bruising, and pain in the days following, but serious side effects are rare. If you experience facial weakness or trouble swallowing, bring it to the attention of your provider.
To learn more about Kybella and decide if it’s right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rawson and his team at Temecula Medical Group. You can get in touch by calling 951-254-3905, or request an appointment online.