Reduce Your Double Chin in Austin, TX
Stubborn fat cells that stay in place despite diet and exercise can be found all over the body but may be most visible in the form of a double chin. The term "submental fullness" describes the look of excess volume just below the face, and it may or may not be impacted by careful menu planning and rigorous physical activity. If other strategies are not working to reduce a double chin, there is a simple solution in Kybella® from Austin Cosmetic Medspa, the medspa of Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
What is Kybella®?
Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injection for the treatment of double chin. Known officially as “submental fat,” accumulations of fat underneath the chin can obscure the jawline, produce a puffy and undefined appearance, and make a person look heavier. A double chin can also reduce clothing options, be physically uncomfortable, and impact self-esteem.
Kybella® utilizes a synthetic formulation of deoxycholic acid to target and destroy fat cells. This naturally occurring molecule aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat in the body. Injections of this molecule work to destroy fat call permanently, allowing them to be removed through the body’s process of elimination.
What Causes a Double Chin?
A double chin is commonly the result of weight gain. The condition may also be a result of skin laxity, the process of aging, genetics, or some combination thereof. Unfortunately, unlike some areas of the body, fat accumulations underneath the chin are extremely difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise.
If you struggle with excess fat accumulations underneath your chin, give us a call to schedule a consultation and learn if Kybella® is a good fit for you.
Is Kybella® Permanent?
Once fat cells have been removed they cannot grow back. New cells can emerge, however. The best way to maintain your results is healthy living. Choosing wholesome and nutritious foods and committing to an exercise routine will help prevent a reoccurrence of submental fullness.
Adults are encouraged to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of intense aerobic exercise every week. If you struggle to find activities you delight in, consider working with a personal trainer who can help guide you towards things you may enjoy. Having fun with your activities helps to ensure you will continue doing them.
How Many Kybella® Treatments Will I Need?
Results from Kybella® are permanent, but they are not as rapid as those obtained through surgical methods. Because Kybella® works with your body’s natural process of fat removal, it can take several months for results to be noticeable. Initial results typically begin to appear within four to six weeks.
Depending on factors unique to the individual, it may take up to six Kybella® treatments to see optimal results. These are spaced over several weeks, allowing us to determine progress before additional treatments are performed.
Your Kybella® treatment will be customized to meet your specific needs.
Am I a Good Candidate for Kybella®?
If you have excess fat underneath your chin, you may be the ideal candidate for Kybella®. Additional considerations include your medical history, stated desires, and ultimate goals. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable Austin office.
We offer a wide range of surgical and non-surgical body contouring options. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns, assess all of your problem areas, and help you determine the best treatments for your needs.
Why Should You Consider Kybella®
No one can control how or which fat cells will shrink with lifestyle-based efforts.. Fat reduction that targets a specific pocket can involve outside help, such as Kybella®. The injectable is ideal for men and women frustrated by the ongoing presence of a double chin but who do not want to turn to surgery. Patients should be at or near their ideal weight and not consider Kybella® to be a weight-loss treatment since it is for cosmetic purposes only.
Because Kybella® involves injections, there is no need for an incision or related sutures. The deoxycholic acid-based formula attacks the fat cells, causing them to rupture and be marked for removal by natural processes. This is a very powerful and effective formula derived from the same chemicals the body produces to digest fat, so it should be injected only by a licensed medical professional who has the proper training and experience.
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Your Kybella® Experience
The Austin Cosmetic Medspa team is specially trained in the use of Kybella®, which is FDA approved for use below the chin. Treatment time can be a short as 15 minutes to half an hour, even with numerous precision injections in the target area. Talk to your injector about strategies for minimizing discomfort during the process.
There may be some initial injection-related swelling and redness, but this will fade soon after the session and will be followed by weeks of gradual fat reduction. Over a sequence of months, volume below the chin will be reduced. Since these fat cells are ruptured, processed, and eliminated, they cannot grow larger again.
Ideal results may require multiple treatment sessions, each spaced about a month apart.
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We've compiled detailed post-operative care instructions to best equip our skincare & non-surgical rejuvenation patients throughout their recovery process. To ensure the best and safest recovery, your plan encompasses appropriate prescriptions and clear directions towards maintaining your comfort to get you back to normal life and activity as soon as possible. Individual patients respond uniquely, and the type of procedure may differ, but these basic guidelines will help you along your journey.
Beyond Kybella® in Austin,TX
Patients who want results that are visible sooner than Kybella® allows and who are willing to consider surgery can talk to our surgeons about liposuction, which vacuum suctions unwanted fat cells out of the body through a cannula inserted via a small incision. A consultation can help to determine which option is right for you.
Sagging skin can also contribute to a look of submental fullness by creating folds that bulge out when you look down. A neck lift can remove this loose tissue. FaceTite® is a nonsurgical option that corrects sagging with radiofrequency energy. Both of these options can address the jowls and hidden jawline that often come with skin laxity in the neck area.