Fat cells underneath the skin can significantly affect the appearance of one’s skin and perception of attractiveness. The skin in and around the chin area of the face holds fat more obviously than other places on your body. At Universal Dermatology, we often hear our patients refer to this as double-chin. The dreaded double-chin is likely to appear from excess fat cells and sagging, aging skin. Many of our patients believe a double-chin ruins their profile.
Eating well, exercising often and having routine skin care regimens are all important to reducing chin fat. Before now, however, the best options for effectively treating a double-chin were all surgical. Thankfully, this has changed and there is now a revolutionary option for treating and reversing the appearance of a double chin. Meet Kybella.
Kybella is a non-invasive fat elimination treatment for the chin. It is the first and only FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment used to eliminate chin fat at the source of a double-chin. While it is FDA approved for the chin, it can also be used in other parts of the body. It is administered through injection. Kybella directly breaks down the dietary fat in the neck and chin areas using deoxycholic acid. Treatments are administered in one-month intervals, up to six sessions.
During clinical trials, just about everyone who used the Kybella injections noticed improvements in the appearance of their double-chin. Although designed for persons with moderate to severe cases, those who had the best results were those who had a moderate cases. Such individuals were able to get rid of their double-chin in as little as three treatments, while those with severe cases would need all six to see noticeable improvements.
Since Kybella is designed to work directly with the fat cells, injections have no effect on the nervous system or muscular system. This means the treatment is safe, as it simply melts the fat cells it is designed to breakdown. Of course, there is some minor bruising and redness that can be expected from using any injectable treatment.
Currently, Kybella is a fat elimination treatment designed to work with the neck. So far, there have been no studies on its effectiveness in other areas of the body. It is FDA-approved, but there is no insurance coverage for Kybella.