If you could get a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that could permanently remove the stubborn fat that results in a double chin, would you be interested? Many people are frustrated with their double chin and are looking for a way to permanently remove it without undergoing an expensive and major surgical procedure. Now, with Kybella, a permanent cosmetic injectable treatment for submental fat offered by Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, Texas, you can watch your double chin melt away.
9 Things to Know Before Treatment With Kybella
1. Treatment Use
This injectable treats submental fat, which is more commonly referred to as a “double chin.” Essentially, the area below your chin is a natural area for excess fat deposits, which can occur because of weight gain, the natural aging process, or just through genetics. Double chins are notorious trouble spots for many people because they are incredibly difficult to lose without treatment. Some people also just want to sculpt their jawline so they have a smoother profile.
In a study conducted by Allergan in 2015, one-third of all men studied identified with having a double chin. A Healio study confirmed that 47% of people who think they have a double chin are unhappy with it, and 49% said it negatively impacted their appearance. So you are not the only one who is looking to remove submental fat. Exercise and diet very rarely do much to eliminate this problem area, so turning to a different treatment is necessary.
At one point, submental fat was only treatable through liposuction surgery, which required general anesthesia, pain management medication, and a significant recovery time. Now, however, Kybella is a way to treat a double chin through an injection that is designed to signal your body to release the fat under your chin. Basically, the injections kill the fat cells under the chin, which are then recognized as dead by your body, causing your body to eliminate them through its natural processes.
2. Good Candidates
Just about anyone with submental fat can safely get these injections. However, you can only be qualified as a candidate through a conversation with a trained professional. This is important because you want to have the person who will be administering the injections actually examine the site and understand your medical history. This will allow them to create a personalized treatment plan for you that will produce the best results.
You will need to be over the age of 18 to get this treatment, since the effectiveness of the drug has not been studied in people younger than 18. Of course, you should also delay getting injections if you currently have an injury to or infection in the treatment area. Additionally, you should tell your provider about any other treatments or surgeries you have had to your chin area to ensure the injections are properly placed for maximum efficacy.
3. Injection Ingredients and Safety
The injection is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring substance already found in your body that breaks down dietary fat. The deoxycholic acid in the injection is derived from a non-human, non-animal source and is entirely safe. It was approved by the FDA in 2015 and has been extremely popular among both men and women. It is currently the only FDA-approved submental fat injectable on the market and should only be used to treat this area.
Since this treatment does not require anesthesia, that already makes it a safer option over liposuction. While the injections are safe, they should only be administered by trained aesthetics providers who have received the proper certification from the drug’s manufacturer. To receive the best results, the injections need to be placed correctly, at the correct depth, with the correct technique. Trained aesthetics providers will know exactly how much of the drug to inject to ensure a successful outcome.
4. Treatment Expectations
Treatment with Kybella is fairly straightforward and won’t take long at all. Prior to your appointment, you may be asked to stop taking any supplements, aspirin, or ibuprofen before your treatment to reduce any bruising that may occur. The specific supplements you will be asked to refrain from taking are Omega 3s such as fish oil and flax seeds, garlic-based supplements, vitamin E, and St. John’s Wort. You will need to wait three days post treatment before continuing any supplements.
You will also want to ensure your chin and neck area are clean shaven the morning of your appointment, but that’s all the preparation you will need to do. Your neck area will be washed thoroughly right before the injections are given, and your provider will also mark the area with a pen to ensure the injections are inserted in the proper location. You will also be asked to confirm the treatment you are undergoing for safety purposes.
Your neck and chin areas will be numbed before giving the injections to make the treatment comfortable. Once this has been done, your provider will proceed with the injections. Depending on your individual treatment plan, you will receive up to 50 injections during a single treatment. They will be spaced one centimeter apart with a 30-gauge or smaller 0.5-inch needle. The treatment will take about 30 minutes and there is very little, if any, necessary downtime.
5. Number of Treatments
Some clients who undergo these treatments are satisfied with the results after one injection session, but this is pretty rare. Many clients need up to six treatments spaced one month apart to achieve maximum results. In clinical studies, 59% of patients required the full six sessions to get the results they wanted. However, the number of treatments you will ultimately need can only be determined with a professional consultation during which a personalized treatment plan will be developed.
Results begin showing between four and six weeks after your first injection, so typically, you will need at least two sessions before you really start to see measurable results. Again, your specific needs can only be assessed through an examination and the number of treatments you’ll need will be based on factors such as how much fat you have under your chin, its distribution, and your personal goals, which your provider will help you set and achieve.
6. Recovery Time
As mentioned earlier, there is little downtime when you receive these treatments. You will feel almost no pain at all after the initial injections. If you do see any swelling post-treatment, that is a sign that the injections are working. You will be free to move about your life as normal.
You may also be asked to refrain from eating salt or drinking alcohol in the first few days following your treatment. Many patients have their treatments done before the weekend and return to work without any noticeable swelling the following Monday. In most cases, only you will know you’ve had treatment.
Since the injections cause the fat cells to die, they are no longer able to store fat. Thus, the results you get from Kybella are permanent. However, the important exception to this statement is that you maintain a healthy weight. New fat cells can develop under the chin with significant weight gain that can cause your double chin to reappear. Even so, there have been cases of people who gain weight and still retain their treatment results.
As such, the results you get from your injections should be permanent in most instances. Remember that the goal of this treatment is to reduce the number of fat cells that can store fat under your chin. These cells will never be able to start storing fat again, so only new cells will be able to store fat. This means that while you may experience some fat regrowth if you gain weight, it would likely be minimal.
8. Other Double Chin Treatments
The only other truly effective treatment for submental fat is liposuction. As you are aware, liposuction is a surgical procedure that turns fat to liquid, which is then subsequently removed from the body. This certainly would get rid of your double chin, but it would also require weeks of downtime, significant pain, and possible severe side effects up to and including damage to your kidneys and heart. There is also a possibility of blood clots, as with any major surgery.
Additionally, with liposuction, you may end up with uneven results as the remaining fat in your body moves around and resettles. This may cause dimpling in your skin, or you may have to undergo a secondary procedure to remove loose skin after the fat has been removed. This will require even more invasive procedures and your overall costs could skyrocket. Moreover, liposuction also results in wound drains, stitches, and the possible need for compression garments as you heal.
9. Cost of Treatments
The starting price for Kybella treatments is $400 per vial and patients typically require between two and three vials per treatment, depending on how many injections are required to treat your submental fat. Interestingly, women tend to need just two vials, while men often need three. This means that each treatment is between $800 and $1,200. The number of vials you need will be part of your personalized treatment plan and you will know how many you need before treatment.
Over six treatments, using the base price of $400 per vial, your total cost will be between $4,800 and $6,000, which is about average for these injections. While this treatment is not cheap, keep in mind that you are getting a permanent solution to your double chin problem and you are doing it without an expensive surgery. You won’t need to worry about the hospital, general anesthesia, and pain medication charges that come with a surgical procedure like liposuction.
What to Expect at a Consultation
Consultations for Kybella with professional aesthetics providers typically involve walking you through what the treatment involves, examining your potential treatment area, discussing and setting your goals, explaining your options, going over the costs, and setting your personalized treatment plan. Fortunately, these days, many consultations can be done through video chats, which helps make the most of your time. To schedule an in-person or video consultation, simply contact the office and give them your preference.
If you’re ready to take the next step toward getting rid of your double chin through Kybella injections, call Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, Texas today to set up your initial consultation with one of our expert aesthetics providers. We will answer any other questions you have and get you on the path to permanent results.