In the past, we had no way of treating submental fullness without surgery. A person with a double-chin either lived with the frustrating consequences of excess fatty tissue at the uppermost part of the neck or they had liposuction surgery to eliminate stubborn fat cells. Fortunately, our options have expanded. In our Westport dermatology practice, Kybella often comes to the rescue of men and women wanting to get rid of a double-chin.
Kybella is beneficial in several ways. While you may be aware of the benefit (a slimmer chin!), you should know the full details of treatment. These include:
- Kybella treatment is quick, which means convenience. It is usually necessary for patients to undergo two or more treatment sessions. However, each visit to our office can be completed in under an hour. The longest part of a visit may be waiting for the topical numbing cream to take effect. If a patient chooses to “numb” their skin with ice instead, the appointment may go by much faster.
- Expect swelling. Kybella is a solution of deoxycholic acid. This is a chemical that dismantles the structure of fat cells to allow the body to eliminate them. For this to happen, we administer a generous amount of the injectable into subdermal tissue. Adding this fluid can lead to temporary swelling and a “sloshy” sensation that lasts a few days. This is not uncomfortable but can feel odd until it dissipates.
- Expect soreness. For Kybella to work, we inject the solution across an area that may span from just beneath the chin to the Adam’s Apple. Some patients have a smaller area treated, and some a larger area. Due to the number of injections, patients may experience mild soreness or tenderness that lasts for the day after treatment.
- Expect to be patient. Patience is needed when a treatment like Kybella is chosen because fat cells are eliminated naturally by the body. This process can take several weeks to kick into high gear. However, once the fat is gone, it is gone for good.
We enjoy helping our patients get out from under cosmetic baggage like a double-chin. For more information on Kybella, call our Westport office at (203) 226-3600.