Slim Your Chin with this Fat-Destroying Injectable
Whether stubborn fat in the neck area has always been a challenge or has developed over time, you may find yourself with a double chin that just won't go away. Saluja Cosmetic & Laser Center offers KYBELLA®in Charlotte, NC. The first-of-its-kind injectable treatment is a non-surgical solution that can eliminate fat cells under the chin.
Outside of surgery, there previously weren’t many treatment options available that targeted moderate-to-severe submental fullness in this tricky area. But KYBELLA® levels the playing field for those patients who want a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that can give a noticeable improvement to your jawline.
Dr. Raminder Saluja and her team strive to provide a range of choices at her practice to patients who need treatments best suited for their individual cosmetic concerns. KYBELLA® is a great option for patients who:
- Are self-conscious about submental fullness, more commonly known as a double chin, caused by heredity, aging, weight gain, or a combination of these factors
- Believe their double chin ages them, or makes them look heavier
- Have chin fat that remains despite eating healthy and exercising regularly
- Seek a non-surgical way to reduce the fat under their chin
What is KYBELLA®, and How Does It Work?
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring chemical that helps the body break down and absorb fat. The deoxycholic acid in KYBELLA® is identical to that found in the body, which, once carefully injected into submental fat, results in a process known as cytolysis, which bursts cells.
With multiple small injections administered under the chin, KYBELLA® can destroy many of the cells that compose chin fat to noticeably reduce the size of a double chin.
What to Expect with KYBELLA® Treatments
The number of injections and sessions of KYBELLA® you may need depends on your own starting point and what your aesthetic goals are. Each treatment session is spaced at least one month apart, with six sessions as the maximum a patient may receive.
During a typical session, you injector will clean the area to be treated, then administer KYBELLA® directly under the chin, carefully targeting specific points to achieve the most effective results. This will involve numerous injections, all focused on the submental area.
- Cells that KYBELLA® destroys can no longer store fat, so further treatments are usually unnecessary once you achieve your desired results.
- Patients experience fewer side effects, and a quicker recovery, from a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure.
- Each session can be as short as 15 minutes and may be performed with local anesthesia.
KYBELLA® Safety, Risks, and Recovery
It is important to inform your injector of any other facial procedures you have received or would like to receive, medical conditions you may have, and medications you take.
The FDA has approved KYBELLA® for use in patients over 18 who have no infections in the treatment areas. It has not been approved for fat outside the submental region, or for fat in the chin area that isn't directly under the skin.
The most common side effects include bruising, swelling, or numbness in the treatment areas. These effects, which are common to many injectable treatments, tend to be temporary, and usually subside a few days following treatment, after which you may resume your normal activities. The area right under the chin may experience numbness for up to four weeks.
All of this can be discussed at the initial consultation. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about this and other potential treatments in order to get answers and help determine the best option for getting the results they seek.
Treatments Beyond KYBELLA® in the Charlotte, NC, Area
While KYBELLA® can be very effective for treating a double chin, stubborn pockets of fat at the stomach and flank areas may be treated with a body contouring procedure. We offer SculpSure®, a non-surgical body contouring procedure that uses light-based technology to melt fatty tissue that is subsequently eliminated by the body.
Patients who change their neck contours with KYBELLA® may also want to address other areas of the face. The Saluja Cosmetic & Laser Center team offers Juvederm® brand products, such as Juvederm Ultra®, Ultra Plus®, and Juvederm Voluma®, which are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers that use a smooth gel to subtly volumize, improve contours, and smooth out wrinkles and creases in various parts of the face. BOTOX®, another popular injectable, relaxes muscles in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the outer corners of the eyes to temporarily smooth out wrinkles in those areas.
For a comprehensive anti-aging plan, our team would be happy to customize a balanced treatment plan with the procedures we offer.