Do you suffer from a “double chin” appearance? You may be excited about the recently approved injectable treatment called Kybella that melts away fat under the chin without surgery. Kybella contains a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which our body naturally produces to break down fat. Once injected into the submental (under chin) region, Kybella can permanently destroy fat cells and leave your body to get rid of the evidence. Sounds like the perfect solution, right?
Before you schedule your Kybella in-office treatment session, it is important you meet the criteria for the ideal candidate. In a recent Facebook live video, Dr. Ben Talei explains how he distinguishes a good Kybella patient from one that may need an alternative form of double chin treatment.
Do You Have a Small, Isolated Pouch of Fat Under Your Chin?
To get the best and most cost-effective results from a series of Kybella injections, you should only be concerned with a small and isolated pouch of submental fat. If you have areas of excess fat that extend around your neck or towards your ears, Kybella may not give you the most bang for your buck. You may see a noticeable reduction in your submental fat, but a subsequent procedure or an abundance Kybella treatments spaced weeks apart may be necessary to give you the results you desire.
Micro Liposuction and Profound Skin Tightening
Don’t worry, if you have a large amount of fat under your chin or loose, sagging skin in that area, you don’t have to undergo major plastic surgery to address it. In fact, Dr. Talei is pleased to offer micro liposuction and/or Profound Radiofrequency Skin Tightening treatments as excellent solutions for double chins that don’t fit Kybella candidacy. These are minimally-invasive treatments that often be done under local anesthetics. Some patients report micro liposuction and skin tightening to be less painful than Kybella and certainly quicker in terms of overall treatment time and results.
If you are unsure as to whether your double chin appearance demands Kybella or another form of treatment, please schedule a consult with Dr. Ben Talei. He is an esteemed plastic surgeon who looks out for the best interest of the patient at all times.