Diet and exercise are essential to a healthy lifestyle and serve as key components in any weight loss plan. Unfortunately, losing weight this way doesn’t give people control over where on their body the weight disappears from. There are several well-known stubborn spots, including the face and neck, that cause headaches for many people. This trouble area can hold weight and excess skin as a result of genetics, bone structure, or even as a result of weight loss.
On the market since April 2015, Kybella, manufactured by Allergan, is currently the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that dissolves fat beneath the chin. Curious what Kybella is all about? We’ve got you covered!
Understanding Submental Fullness
The medical diagnosis for a double chin is submental fullness, and it’s a condition that’s very challenging to address with weight loss or exercise. Traditionally, the only approach to dealing with a double chin was liposuction, which is considered a more complicated and involved surgical procedure. Neck-lift surgery is another option, but this is similar to a lower face lift and is a more invasive surgical procedure with significant downtime involved.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which our body produces naturally. Deoxycholic acid absorbs fat and helps the body to metabolize it by passing it out through digestive processes.
When Kybella is used, it is carefully and strategically injected into the chin area. When the compound encounters targeted fat cells, it causes a process known as lysis, which destroys the membranes of a fat cell, causing it to rupture and the fat to be released into the body where it is then naturally metabolized.
Kybella’s scientific studies proved that the formula permanently dissolve and remove under-chin fat in a single visit, however nearly 60% of patients in these clinical studies received six treatments. The injections, which can only be administered by a certified doctor once a month, are tailored to each patient and each visit may include between 15 and 20 small shots.
What are the risks?
Side effects typically include soreness and swelling as a response to the injection, and may include pain, redness, areas of hardness, bruising or numbness under the chin. Allergan reports that 4 out of 100 people in clinical studies experienced nerve injury in the jaw, which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness; 2 out of 100 people in clinical studies had trouble swallowing. These results did correct themselves after several weeks, but they’re certainly side effects to be aware.