McLean Dermatology is pleased to offer Kybella treatments to our patients. This is a revolutionary, FDA-approved double chin treatment, which requires absolutely no surgery or incisions. Through a series of targeted injections, the fat in the double chin is gradually destroyed, creating a tighter appearance in the neck, and achieving a more aesthetically-pleasing transition between the jaw and the neck.
However, in order to achieve a dramatic improvement in appearance, Kybella injections must be completed with the utmost of care. In many ways, using Kybella is like sculpting a marble statue; great care must be taken to remove the right amount of fat under the chin to create an appearance that looks natural and provides the right contours.
If you have any questions about Kybella treatments or would like to schedule a consultation with one of the expert providers at McLean Dermatology, please give us a call at 703-356-5111, or send us a message through the Contact Form.
How a Double Chin Forms
There are many factors that may cause the formation of a double chin. Often, this can be due to weight gain (such as during pregnancy, or other life events), changes in the hormonal balance, changes in metabolism, and even hereditary factors.
Unfortunately, once a double chin appears, it can be very difficult to remove without physical intervention. This is because diet and exercise may cause the fat to disappear from one area but not another. Further, there isn’t an easy way to target the fat under the chin through exercise.
Until the introduction of Kybella, the only ways to effective
ly remove a double chin was through liposuction, as well as through cooling or radio frequency treatments. However, what makes Kybella unique is its ability to remove the double chin with a series of short, fast injections that carry absolutely no down time.
How Kybella Works
The key ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which works by destroying the membranes of fat cells. Deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the human body and plays a role in the digestive process.
By harnessing the power of this ingredient in Kybella, the treatment can effectively destroy the fat under the chin. As the fat cells are broken down by deoxycholic acid, they are gradually removed from the body through the natural lymphatic processes.
This gradual removal of fat cells has another benefit; the shrinking of the double chin takes severa
l months. Therefore, your friends and family will not be able to tell that you’ve had any procedures done. To everyone else this will look like a natural improvement in your appearance.
However, it’s also important to note that Kybella only works to reduce fat under the chin. It does not tigh
ten the skin or address the vertical muscle bands that may appear with age. Therefore, it is typically a good treatment option for patients who are only dealing with a
double chin in the area and whose skin is sufficiently elastic to accommodate the slimmer shape of the chin after treatment.
How long do Kybella Results Last?
It takes approximately 2-6 injection sessions for the average patient to achieve a dramatic reduction in the size of the double chin. With each Kybella session, more fat is gradually removed from the treatment site.
The results are virtually permanent, as long as the patient’s diet and exercise habits do not change drastically. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle after the procedure are vital for maintaining aesthetically-pleasing results.
Kybella Side Effects
When administered properly, side effects from Kybella are minimal. Patients don’t need to take time off work, and there is typically only mild redness at the treatment site.
However, it’s important to work with an expert provider when considering this treatment, because this treatment must not be rushed and vital structures (like nerves and muscles) must be avoided during the injection. The expert providers at McLean Dermatology have extensive expertise with Kybella treatments, and can help you achieve a dramatic double chin reduction in a safe, patient-centric manner.
Taking the First Step with Kybella
If you are struggling with excess fat under your chin, the experts at McLean Dermatology can help you assess whether Kybella is the best choice for you. Get in touch with us to set up your consultation or ask any questions. Simply call (703) 356-5111, email us through our Contact Form