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Kybella® is an FDA-approved prescription medicine designed to improve the appearance of one of the most frustrating fat deposits known to humankind. 67% of men and women stare submental fullness in the face with every glance in a mirror. You know what it is and how frustrating it can be, but you know it by the term double chin. Is Kybella© right for you? First, you must learn what Kybella® is.

What Is Kybella®?

Submental fullness or double chin can be caused by genetics, aging, and weight gain. Many find that even with diet and exercise it won’t disappear. A few sessions of late night TV infomercials and Internet surfing will bombard you with devices supposedly able to decrease a double chin. Do they work? Hardly.

Enter Kybella®.

Moderate to severe fat below the chin doesn’t stand a chance against this FDA-approved injectable treatment. The active ingredient is called deoxycholic acid, and it’s a molecule naturally found in the body. Deoxycholic acid assists in the body’s breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

How Does Kybella® Work?

Kybella® is a refreshingly different approach to submental fullness treatment. It’s not a frustrating diet, an exercise, or a gadget that just doesn’t work. How does this double chin treatment produce results? The active ingredient is the secret.

Synthetic deoxycholic acid targets and destroys chronic fat cells at the injection area. When administered into the fat beneath the chin, the cells forming a double chin are destroyed and can no longer store or accumulate fat.

Is Kybella® Right For Me?

If you’ve tried to trim your chin with little to no success, Kybella® may be right for you.

If you want to lose the excess skin beneath your chin that’s the result of aging, genetics, or weight gain, Kybella® may be the answer.

Do needles frighten you? You’re not alone, and there is a solution. An experienced clinician will perform the injection sessions directly under your chin, and a topical medication or ice pack can be used to improve comfort. You can see a reduced double chin and dramatically improved side profile in as little as one session.

How Long Does Kybella® Last?

There’s no expiration date.

Kybella® destroys the fat cells under the chin. Treatments are usually given eight weeks apart, and our patients see the results they want in two to three sessions.

4 Common Problems Kybella® Solves

While it’s possible to ditch a double chin with surgery, surgical solutions are outdated and invasive. They come with numerous negatives, all problems Kybella® solves. For example:

  1. Double Chin: Neck spam, turkey neck, guzzler, gobbler – stop laughing! These are real slang terms used to describe a double chin. It’s no wonder 67% of people dislike their submental fullness and want it gone. What is Kybella® if not a safe, non-surgical, and speedy solution? And it’s a proven treatment method; just ask our clinicians. 
  2. Surgical Scarring: One of the major risks accompanying surgical solutions is scarring. Any time the skin is traumatized, there’s risk of scarring. Injections have limited to no chance of creating a scar, and Kybella® uses your body’s natural molecular process to permanently dissolve unwanted fat under the chin. 
  3. After Surgery Downtime: How does Kybella® work for you? It keeps treatments convenient and downtime to a minimum. While it is common to experience some bruising, numbness, and swelling beneath the chin after treatment, you can carry on with your normal daily routine as soon as you leave our office. 
  4. Permanent Results: Diet and exercise can reduce the appearance of double chin, but they can’t permanently destroy the fat cells found there like Kybella®. This treatment permanently destroys the fat cells in the area treated.

As with any prescription strength treatment, there are some side effects to be aware of. While rare, it is possible for an allergic reaction to occur, which can manifest as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing.

In very rare cases, the injections have been linked to weakened facial muscles and a crooked smile. The Dermacare of Hampton Roads team is highly experienced and trained. Our Kybella providers are all either Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants. We can help you determine whether Kybella® is a safe solution for banishing your double chin.

The Benefits of Treatment

Look younger. Feel more confident. Improve your side profile. Shed the fat beneath your chin forever. And accomplish all of this without surgery and with minimal to no downtime. These are the benefits of Kybella®.

Ready to learn more? We’re an appointment away. We can help you select the best body sculpting options to meet your needs.

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