Do you have a little extra fullness under your chin? Are you bothered by the way you look in photos? Many patients are surprised to learn that there is an injectable treatment that can destroy the fullness that sometimes develops under the chin. Kybella has taken the cosmetic industry by storm with its ability to noticeably tone down troublesome under-chin fullness, and it’s one of the many services offered by Mimi Lee, MD in Little Rock, AR.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is the only injectable approved by the FDA that has been clinically shown to reduce submental fullness, or the fullness that can develop under the chin. The primary ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that destroys fat cells. After an injection, this acid goes to work on fat cells under the chin, breaking them down and gradually reducing the volume in that part of the body. This treatment also tightens the skin under the chin.
Are the Results Permanent?
Yes, this treatment permanently kills off those fat cells. Once you’ve achieved the results you want with Kybella, you won’t ever have to worry about fullness in the chin area again. You also won’t have to worry about returning for maintenance sessions to keep up your new look.
How Soon Will I See Results?
It may take several months for you to see results from your Kybella treatment plan, but the improvement you get will be worth the wait. It’s not uncommon for a patient to have two, four, or even six treatments, each of which is scheduled at least a month apart. After each treatment, it will take four to six weeks for the acid to do its work in the body, and for the first results to appear. We develop a custom treatment plan for each patient that takes into consideration his or her chin profile and the extent of the fullness.
At each appointment, we’ll apply a topical numbing cream and may even mark the injection sites we’ll target in advance. The appointments will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes, and the post-treatment requirements are minimal. We often ask that patients refrain from vigorous exercise and massaging the injections sites for a couple of days, but you’ll be able to shower normally and keep up other aspects of your routine.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
The best candidates for this treatment are men or women who have a little extra fullness under the chin that simply won’t respond to diet and exercise. This fullness can sometimes develop as the patient ages. In other cases, the cause is genetic. The important thing is that the fullness you see in the mirror really is the result of a small deposit of fat and not simply loose skin that gives the appearance of a heavy chin.
The extent to which your full chin is impeding you is also a way of determining whether or not you should pursue treatment. Are you self-conscious about the photos you see of yourself on social media? Do you find yourself avoiding the camera at all costs? If fullness in the chin is beginning to take a toll on your appearance by making you appear older or heavier than you really are, or if your self-esteem is being impacted, pursuing treatment may be a good idea.
Patients who pursue Kybella also have one other thing in common: they prefer a non-surgical approach. Plastic surgery and liposuction can be used to address submental fullness, but some patients don’t want to deal with the inconvenience and downtime associated with an invasive procedure. Others have only a modest amount of fullness that doesn’t merit surgical intervention. If you want to noticeably improve the look of your chin, but you’re looking for an alternative to surgery, this injectable is an excellent option.
Can I Fight Submental Fullness on My Own?
There are several reasons why patients develop extra fullness under the chin. Many patients develop this condition as they start to hit middle age. Other patients have had a full chin their entire life, primarily because of genetic influences and because full chins simply ‘run in the family.’ Poor posture can also play a role because it can lead to muscular weakness in the neck and lower face.
It’s very hard to completely ward off submental fullness on your own, but there are some steps patients can take to try to put their best appearance forward even with the condition. Eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting regular exercise can help. A so-called clean lifestyle may not get rid of your full chin, but it might help. Adhering to a regular skincare routine that involves high-quality products is also a way of keeping your face and neck in prime shape.
It’s Time to Put Your Best Face Forward
Under-chin fullness is a frustrating cosmetic condition that you no longer have to put up with. A series of in-office injectable treatments is all that’s standing between you and the youthful, sculpted chin you want, and you won’t have to wait too long for results.
Interested in learning more? The best way to get started is to schedule a consultation with our practice. During this appointment, we’ll talk with you about your goals and concerns and determine if this treatment is for you. Call Mimi Lee, MD in Little Rock, AR and schedule a Kybella consultation today.