If you’re frustrated with the appearance of a stubborn double chin, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans share your frustration with their double chin, which is also known as “submental fullness.” Sometimes, no matter how much you eat right or exercise the fat just won’t go away. Luckily, there’s a foolproof, injectable treatment for double chins that literally melts fat away. It’s called Kybella, and we offer it at Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York City, NY.
Kybella: Melt Away a Double Chin
It’s easy to dismiss a treatment that promises to melt away body fat. It sounds too good to be true. Kybella, however, is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive treatment that’s proven to be effective. One reason it works so well is that it uses the body’s own natural chemistry to destroy body fat, which means it has minimal side effects and zero recovery downtime. But how does it work?
How It Works
“Kybella” is the brand name for a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a bile acid the human body produces to help it break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected into a double chin, this acid does the same thing it does in the digestive system: it attacks and breaks down the fat cells. Deoxycholic acid does what diet and exercise can’t due largely to some unique properties that our fat cells have.
For example, the number of fat cells in the human body remains more or less constant once we exit adolescence. Rather than making new fat cells when we gain weight and shedding fat cells when we lose weight, our body stores more fat in our existing fat cells when we gain weight. When we lose weight, the fat in those cells is metabolized and the cells shrink. If fat cells have settled in the chin, creating the appearance of submental fullness, those cells will still be there no matter how much weight we lose.
A deoxycholic acid treatment, however, destroys the fat cells outright. Because the human body seldom creates new fat cells, the area of treatment will shrink as the dead fat cells are flushed away, leaving behind a contoured jawline and a slimmer, younger-looking profile.
What’s Treatment Like?
When you visit our office for a Kybella treatment, one of our professionals will begin by applying a topical numbing agent to the area of treatment. From there, a deoxycholic acid treatment consists of a series of injections via a very thin needle. Each treatment is usually comprised of twenty to thirty injections, but there can be as many as fifty depending on the size of the submental fullness being treated.
The entire process takes just fifteen to twenty minutes. When it’s finished, there’s no downtime or recovery period; you can go right back to your normal daily routine. That means you could come in for a treatment on your lunch break and head right back to the office and no one would ever know!
Do I Need to Prepare?
Unlike invasive fat reduction procedures like liposuction, there is no need to fast or otherwise prepare for a deoxycholic acid treatment. What you should do, however, is consult with us at Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine to ensure you’re a good candidate for it. Aside from that, it’s recommended that you avoid ibuprofen and acetaminophen prior to undergoing the treatment, as those over-the-counter pain medications can increase the chances of bruising post-treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The effects of a deoxycholic acid treatment take some time to develop, and the number of treatments you’ll need will depend upon your goals and the size of the submental fullness being treated. The initial results from your first treatment will start to become noticeable at around the four-week mark. It takes the body time to process the fat cells killed by the injections and remove them from the treated area. The upside of the wait is that it gives the skin time to adjust and mold itself around the new contours of the jawline.
After four weeks or so, you’ll be eligible for a second treatment. You can have up to six treatments, but they must be spaced out by at least one month. When you visit our office for your initial conversation, we’ll discuss your goals and come up with a treatment plan that includes the number of treatments you’ll need. In trials, 59% of people required the full course of six treatments to achieve their desired results.
Proven Treatment, Permanent Results
In trials, 82.4% of people said they were highly satisfied with the results of their Kybella treatment. Even better, the results those respondents love are permanent. Once the fat cells that cause a double chin are destroyed, they’re not coming back. This doesn’t mean, however, that a double chin couldn’t reemerge.
That’s why it’s important to maintain healthy diet and exercise habits post-treatment: there are still living fat cells present in the treated area, and they could expand in the event of weight gain, causing a double chin to return. That won’t happen, though, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The destroyed fat cells, meanwhile, are gone for good and, as mentioned above, the body seldom produces new ones. Once you’ve achieved your desired look, you shouldn’t need any further treatments.
Who Is This Treatment for?
Because deoxycholic acid is naturally produced by the human body, just about everyone can tolerate this treatment with minimal side effects. You can expect some mild swelling post-treatment, but this is perfectly normal. It’s actually the result of the acid attacking the fat cells and is your way of telling that the treatment is working.
That said, there are some people who are particularly good candidates for this treatment and others for whom a deoxycholic acid treatment is not the answer.
People in Good Overall Shape
As mentioned above, this treatment offers permanent results for those who maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you have good diet and exercise habits and you also have a double chin that won’t respond to either, this treatment might be the right choice for you. Your already healthy habits will help ensure that your submental fullness doesn’t return.
People Who Have Submental Fat
Not all double chins are the result of body fat. There are a number of other factors that could contribute to the appearance of a double chin, from age to certain bone conditions. Obviously, deoxycholic acid will only work on double chins that are the result of a submental fat deposit.
People Who Have Ruled Out Invasive Surgery
There are surgical options for treating a double chin, but they come with a handful of downsides. They often require anesthesia and some downtime for recovery, for example. They are also often much more expensive than non-invasive body contouring options. Surgical options like liposuction also don’t provide results much faster than non-invasive treatments. Surgical fat removal causes inflammation, so while the fat may be gone, the reduction won’t be visible until the swelling goes down, which can often take weeks.
A deoxycholic acid treatment, on the other hand, doesn’t require going under the knife, has no associated downtime, and is less expensive than invasive surgical techniques. If you’ve done the research and ruled out surgery to remove a double chin, Kybella should be your next step.
People Looking to Lose Weight
This treatment and other popular body sculpting treatments like CoolSculpting and EmSculpt are aesthetic in nature. It’s important to note that they are not meant as treatments for obesity but only as cosmetic solutions. If you’re hoping to lose weight, you should speak to your physician, who can help you formulate a diet and exercise plan that works for you.
Women Who Are Pregnant or May Become Pregnant
There are two reasons why women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should hold off on a deoxycholic acid treatment. The first is obvious: no tests have been done to determine whether this treatment has any effect on the growth of a child during pregnancy. The second reason is that the body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy. A body-contouring treatment’s results may change along with the changes in the body, resulting in different contours post-pregnancy.
People With Double Chins That Aren’t the Result of Body Fat
There are a number of conditions that can lead to the appearance of a double chin. As we age, our skin loses elasticity. Many people will develop the appearance of a double chin as they age due to sagging skin or loose muscle. Deoxycholic acid is not a skin tightening treatment; there are treatments out there for these conditions, though.
Another common condition that can cause the appearance of a double chin is a weak chin bone. This can cause a double chin to appear even in childhood. Again, because it is not caused by body fat, a deoxycholic acid treatment will not help this kind of double chin.
Experience the Best
Is this really the best treatment for a double chin? We certainly think it’s a less painful, time-consuming, and expensive treatment than any surgical option. There are other, less invasive options out there, but this is the only body contouring treatment designed specifically to treat the appearance of submental fat. Deoxycholic acid currently isn’t being used to treat fat deposits on any other part of the body. Other treatments can work but may remove less fat or may have certain requirements that you may not meet.
CoolSculpting, for example, requires enough fat for the CoolSculpting machine to be able to grab, and that might be a tall order for some people who want to treat their double chin. The fact that deoxycholic acid is a compound that occurs naturally within the human body also makes it one of the safest treatments for a double chin. Couple that with the fact that it takes just fifteen to twenty minutes per treatment, and you’ve got the best way out there to get rid of a double chin.
Call Us Today!
A simple injection treatment that can melt away a stubborn double chin might sound too good to be true, but it’s not. This treatment can take years off of your profile and give you a major confidence boost. If you’re fed up with the appearance of a double chin that won’t respond to diet or exercise, contact us at Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York City, NY today to schedule your initial consultation.