Kybella: The Chin Fat Removal Solution

According to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, 68% of the American population has a double chin. Various factors can cause excess fat under the chin, including age, genetics, and weight, but until recently, there were no real non-surgical cosmetic treatments available to help. 

At BevelUp in Tampa, FL, we’re proud to offer Kybella, the cosmetic injectable solution for chin fat removal. Read on to learn more about what Kybella is, how it works, and the results you can expect. 

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is the only FDA-approved non-surgical cosmetic procedure that targets the fat under your chin. The active ingredient in these cosmetic injectables is synthetic deoxycholic acid. It is a bile acid that is naturally occurring in the body and helps break down and absorb dietary fat. 

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, it begins to destroy the fat cells. Your body then eliminates these cells through the lymphatic system. 

Because fat cells cannot regenerate, the elimination of these is permanent, though you may need a few treatment sessions to get the full results. 

Kybella is perfect for people who:

  • Want to lose their chin fat
  • Want to transform the way their chin looks 
  • Don’t want to have surgery
  • Have tried exercising and dieting without diminishing their chin fat

The best candidates are people 18 and older with moderate to severe fat under the chin. If you have trouble swallowing, are pregnant or nursing, are planning to have or have had facial surgery, or have an infection in the treatment area, we will look for an alternative option or postpone the chin fat removal procedure. 

Preparing for Kybella

Before any kind of cosmetic injectables, including Kybella, we will schedule a consultation. During this appointment, we will discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure and assess the area to see if Kybella is the right treatment option. 

Let us know about any medications you are taking and about any cosmetic procedures you have undergone. If you have had medical conditions on the face, neck, or chin, or if you have bleeding problems, tell us about them. 

We will recommend you stop taking any blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, and St. John’s Wort for at least a week before your appointment. Before a chin fat removal procedure, as with any other procedure that requires stopping medications, speak with your general practitioner. 

We also recommend avoiding alcohol, especially wine, for at least a week. And make sure to get your exercise in before the procedure, since it’s better not to increase blood pressure right after the chin fat removal treatment. 

At least 24 hours before your appointment, avoid caffeine, niacin supplements, and high-sodium and high-sugar foods.

Men with beards should shave their chins to allow us a full view of the treatment area, and women should not use makeup on the day of the procedure. 

If you have a special event, make sure to schedule your Kybella treatment at least two weeks beforehand. 

During Treatment

On the day of the procedure, arrive with a clean face. We will mark the treatment area and we might apply a topical numbing cream or an ice pack to the injection sites. 

Usually, we will use 20 to 30 injections, but we may use up to 50, if necessary. We will discuss this with you during our first consultation so you know what to expect. The entire procedure will last, at most, half an hour. 

Because this procedure is minimally invasive and does not use anesthesia, you can resume your daily life right after it’s over. 

Kybella Aftercare

Although there is no downtime after Kybella, we recommend using an ice pack or cold compress for 20 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours. 

We also recommend you sleep on your back and with your head elevated for the first couple of nights after the chin fat removal procedure. You also want to avoid direct sun exposure or excess heat from saunas, as well as exercise, for at least three days. 

Drink lots of water after the procedure, since that will help with the elimination of the fat cells. Avoid applying moisturizers, lotions, or makeup for at least six hours after the Kybella injections. In some instances, we might recommend a compression garment called a “jaw bra.”

You can expect to see quick results, and the fat elimination will continue for weeks.

Although deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells, it can only do a small percentage of them at a time, so you may need more sessions to achieve the results you want. Usually, we recommend four to six treatment sessions spaced no more than six weeks apart. 

Because Kybella destroys fat cells, the results are permanent. Remember that optimal results can only occur if you continue to maintain a healthy weight. 

Turn to Cosmetic Injectables for a Double Chin Solution

A double chin can make you look older and heavier by impacting the way your profile looks. If you have tried to diet and exercise in the hopes of getting rid of chin fat without success, your only option is no longer just liposuction. Now you can turn to non-invasive and non-surgical chin fat removal options like Kybella. 

At BevelUp in Tampa, FL, we are experts at non-surgical cosmetic procedures. We provide a redefined medspa experience to all of our clients. With our highly trained team, our convenient location, and carefully curated procedures, we’re here to offer the results you want. Book your appointment with us today!

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