While we give kudos to those who were brave enough to participate in the #chinning challenge that swept through social media platforms a few years ago, there are many people who are too self-conscious to even poke fun at having a double chin. Having a double chin can be incredibly discouraging, so much so that people go to great lengths to hide double chins behind inventive fashion and hair choices. But at One Life Health and Performance in Palm Beach, FL, we know that treatments like Kybella palm beach can eliminate your double chin and restore your confidence.
What Is Kybella Used For?
Kybella is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic treatment designed specifically for the elimination of the ever-so-dreaded double chin. The main purpose of this treatment is to reduce fat that is present beneath the chin and on the neck, which helps sculpt the jawline and take the weight off the face. This treatment can help you look younger and healthier, and can be an instrumental part in restoring your overall body confidence.
What Causes Double Chin?
A double chin is the build-up of excess fat beneath the chin and on the neck that creates a visible bubble of fat. From either a front-view or profile, a double chin obstructs the definition of your chin and jaw bone, which creates the illusion of having excess weight on the face. This can be evident when you see yourself in pictures, when you are trying to take a selfie, and when you catch yourself in the mirror.
Most people who have a double chin don’t want one, but this benign condition can be difficult to get rid of when you don’t know what is causing the double chin in the first place. The most common causes of double chins include:
Genetics is probably the biggest double chin hurdle to overcome. Genetics determine the amount of fat your body stores and where that fat will be stored, which means the existence of a double chin might be out of your control to a certain extent. You can figure out if you are genetically predisposed to developing a double chin by looking at your immediate blood relatives; if they have a double chin, then it’s likely your double chin is caused by genetic factors.
Another cardinal cause of a double chin is possessing a higher body weight, being overweight, having a high body fat ratio, or experiencing weight gain. The more body weight you have, the more likely you are to have a double chin. This is because the fat cells in your body swell to accommodate new sources of fuel, which are taken from the food you eat, which are then stored in your body as fat to burn as energy later on.
Your age is another important factor to consider. As we age, many of the internal processes in our bodies are altered, meaning it becomes easier to gain weight and store fat. Double chins can even be caused by excess loose skin and tissue beneath the skin, something which also increases in relation to age.
Why Can’t You Get Rid of Double Chin With Exercise?
For some people, lowering your body weight or your body fat percentage may help eliminate a double chin. Tactics like adjusting how many calories you eat a day and how many calories you burn may help you lose weight, which may shrink the size of fat cells in your body, including those under the chin. The basic formula is that most people need to reduce caloric intake and burn calories by about 500 a day to lose one pound per month.
However, this is not always effective for some people, largely due to genetic factors beyond their control. Some people will find that no amount of exercise, dieting, or calorie-counting will naturally eliminate a double chin. There are many people who have healthy body weight and who also have double chins, so not even steadfast weight management can help with this issue.
How Does Kybella Palm beach Work?
Kybella palm beach is an injectable treatment, which means it requires the injection of a special solution via a small needle. The real key to this treatment is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring acid found in the human body that aids your internal metabolic processes to turn fat into fuel for energy. By injecting additional deoycholic acid into fatty areas, you can target specific pockets of unwanted fat for elimination.
Are Results Permanent?
Yes. To an extent, the results of this treatment are permanent. The longevity of this treatment is due in large part thanks to the destruction of the fat cells that are targeted by deoxycholic acid. Because the deoxycholic acid damages the cell membrane of targeted fat cells, those cells are damaged beyond repair and are eliminated through natural metabolic processes.
When fat cells are destroyed, they do not grow back because fat cells are not capable of regeneration in the same way that skin cells are. People are born with a predetermined amount of fat cells that are intended to last throughout the entire lifetime, so once a fat cell is destroyed, it’s gone for good. With fewer fat cells, it will be harder for new double chins to develop once your treatment is complete.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
It’s likely that you will require treatments for a couple of months to obtain the desired treatment results. Your treatment appointments will be spaced several weeks apart and most patients require at least two or three treatment appointments to start seeing results. You will continue to receive treatments until you reach your desired aesthetic goals.
Why Might You Require Additional Treatments?
There are a few reasons why you might require additional treatments, even if the treatment is effective for you. For example, if the pocket of unwanted fat beneath your chin is especially large, additional treatment appointments will be required to ensure that all unwanted fat cells are exposed to the deoxycholic acid. Your age may also play a factor in how many treatments are required to achieve your goals.
When Can You See Results?
The results of this treatment are gradual, meaning they will appear in increments over a long period of time. Your initial results will be obvious eight to 12 weeks after your first appointments. The results of this treatment will continue to improve over the next six to 12 months, with your final results taking about a year to solidify.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Compared to some other cosmetic treatments, the process for this treatment is fairly similar. Some steps for this treatment will include:
Your first appointment will be a consultation where we will discuss reasonable expectations for this treatment, along with the specific steps you should expect for your treatment appointments. Because this is a consultation, we will go over all of your aesthetic goals in detail, as well as any relevant medical information you can give us, such as current medications and supplements, drug allergies, or any cosmetic treatments you have previously tried for double chin treatment.
There are a few instructions you will need to follow to prepare for your treatment. These pre-treatment instructions will ensure that you can achieve the optimal results of your treatment and should be followed for at least five days before your appointment. A few pre-treatment instructions will include:
- Temporarily stop blood-thinning medications, like Aspirin
- Discontinue certain supplements, like B Vitamins
- Stop using certain skincare products, including Retinol
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
You will not need to arrange for transportation after your treatment is complete. Please arrive at your appointment with a freshly-cleansed face and with your hair pulled back from your face.
Your treatment will consist of about 15 to 20 small injections of deoxycholic acid and should only take about 30 minutes to complete. You will not feel any significant discomfort during your treatment. All patients are given local anesthetics and numbing cream to ensure comfort for the duration of the treatment.
In addition to being sure not to touch or rub the treatment area, you will need to follow other post-treatment instructions to speed up your healing and help you achieve optimal results. Some post-treatment instructions will include:
- Do not take blood-thinning medications
- Discontinue using certain skincare products
- Avoid direct sunlight, excess heat, and excess sweating
- Drink plenty of water
We will give you additional instructions, such as how to use ice on the treatment area, how you should sleep, and how you should wash the area.
Although you will be instructed to follow your post-treatment instructions for about three to five days after your appointment, you should know that there is no formal recovery time associated with this treatment. Most patients are able to return back to normal daily activities following their treatment, with the exception of vigorous exercise.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes, this treatment has been verified as safe by the FDA since 2015 for the elimination of submental fat (double chins). The safety of this treatment has been verified by numerous clinical trials and has been found appropriate for use on a wide variety of patient profiles.
Can This Treatment Be Used on Other Areas of the Body?
Although this treatment is primarily used to eliminate double chins, there are other areas of the body where this treatment can be used off-label. For example, there are studies that are exploring the use of Kybella palm beach for the elimination of fat beneath the arms, on the stomach, thighs, and buttocks, as well as on the back. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of using this treatment in other areas of your body, please let us know during your consultation.
Can You Combine This Treatment With Others?
Yes, this treatment is highly compatible with other treatments, provided the timing is carefully planned. You can use this treatment in conjunction with most cosmetic treatments, including other injectables, facials, aesthetic treatments like dermaplaning, and energy-based treatments like laser or radiofrequency. We are happy to help you tailor a treatment plan so that all of your aesthetic goals can be reached.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Good candidates for this treatment include any adult who is not satisfied with the appearance of a double chin on their body. Patients will need to have an adequate amount of submental fat and will also need to have no allergies to the active ingredient of the injectable solution.
Sculpt Your Jawline With Kybella Palm Beach!
Whether you’re embracing body positivity challenges or you’re set on eliminating a body concern at the roots, reclaiming your body confidence can look like a lot of things. If you are discouraged by the presence of your double chin and traditional methods haven’t worked for elimination, it may be time to try other solutions. Call One Life Health and Performance in Palm Beach, FL to schedule your Kybella Palm Beach Garden consultation today!