Causes of a Double Chin
Excess or sagging skin around the neck can be nearly impossible to hide. Many people erroneously contribute the excess skin to being overweight, but in most cases, weight isn’t a factor at all. Double chins are usually genetic.
When weight fluctuations contribute to a double chin, it’s generally due to a decrease in the skin’s laxity. So, whether you perform chin exercises or lose weight, it is very unlikely that you’ll see noticeable results without a professional cosmetic procedure.
What is Kybella?
Years ago, liposuction and plastic surgery were the only procedures available to eliminate excess fat under the chin. Today, however, patients in Miami are turning to Kybella to get rid of their double chin.
Kybella is a non-invasive, highly effective alternative to liposuction and other invasive treatments. In addition, because Kybella is an injectable, surgery or a lengthy hospital stay isn’t necessary. The procedure only takes between 15-20 minutes, and patients can resume most of their normal activities immediately after.
Kybella is an FDA- approved injectable that is used to reduce the amount of fat in the neck and chin. Kybella is the only injectable treatment available for neck contouring and offers patients great results with less discomfort and downtime than surgical options.
The injections are done in the office and over several weeks help to lessen the fat in the neck and improve the contour. In patients with heavy necks, the treatment may have to be repeated over several months to obtain optimal results.
The Kybella Procedure
The treatment is done in the office and takes about 15 minutes. The neck is marked with a grid that indicates where the injections will be placed.
After, an ice pack is placed to cool the skin and limit swelling. There is a variable amount of mild swelling that takes about 7 days to resolve.
The final result takes about 2 months to emerge, as the body must flush away the dead fat cells. Patients with excessive fat may need multiple sessions to achieve the desired result. The results are permanent.
Candidates for Kybella
In your consultation in Miami, Dr. Bustillo will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The ideal candidate is someone with unwanted neck and chin fullness related to excess fat.
The ideal candidate must also have good skin elasticity so that when the fat is dissolved, the skin can retract and tighten giving the patient an improved neck and jawline. If the patient does not have good skin elasticity, then a surgical option can be discussed.
Recovering from Kybella Treatments
Kybella patients can return to their daily activities quickly after a treatment session. There may be some minor side effects, such as swelling, redness, and numbness. These side effects should subside quickly, however, and there are no activity restrictions associated with the procedure.
Kybella is formulated with synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the body, and its purpose is to break down fat. When injected into the chin, it destroys unwanted fat.
Kybella is FDA-approved and is considered extremely safe. Injectable treatments as a whole offer very few risks. Dr. Bustillo does not offer procedures he doesn’t consider to be safe and effective.
Rare complications can occur, which you can discuss with Dr. Bustillo during your consultation. When the treatment is performed by an experienced and trained professional, however, these risks become even rarer.
Everyone has different goals and expectations, which means that no one procedure is going to be appropriate for every patient. Kybella can be a great choice for people who are struggling with excess fat under the chin area.
However, the appearance of a double chin can also be caused by other cosmetic issues. Sagging skin due to aging or a “weak” under projected chin can also create the illusion of a double chin. In these cases, surgical rejuvenation or a chin augmentation might be more appropriate.
Kybella is non-surgical, meaning that the fat cells that are destroyed during the treatment are not removed from the body directly. The body must dispose of the fat cells naturally, which is a process that takes time. There are always tradeoffs, but most Kybella patients find that the results and convenience of the treatment are worth the wait.
It depends, but most people need several sessions, spaced about a month apart. You can expect to need up to 6 treatments for optimal results. Once those sessions are complete, your results will be permanent.
Dr. Andres Bustillo—Facial Aesthetics Specialist
It’s important to choose an experienced aesthetic professional to perform your cosmetic treatments, whether they are surgical or non-invasive. Dr. Andres Bustillo is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who focuses solely on facial rejuvenation. His skill and experience help to ensure that each patient reaches their goals.
Schedule a Kybella Consultation in Miami
Want to learn more about Kybella in Miami? Contact us today at 305.317.1961 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bustillo and learn how Kybella can help you achieve a natural, youthful appearance.