Excess fat under the chin can be unflattering. Many people have a “double chin” that impacts the definition of their chin, jawline, neck and profile. Diet and exercise cannot target specific fatty areas. Many slender people can still have a double chin due to genetics and other factors. Dr. John Anastasatos and our team at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills offer non-surgical treatment options for double chin, including Kybella® injections.
Many people first begin noticing the effects of a double chin in photos or videos. A profile picture can highlight the excess tissue under the chin. If you are looking down while video chatting on your phone, you may notice the bulge of a second chin. People of all ages and body types can have a double chin, but with Kybella injections, you can shrink away the excess fat without surgery.
Excess fat under the chin can occur due to weight gain or aging. It is also a genetic trait that you may have inherited from your parents. It may only be a small amount of fat, but it can distort the chin and neck, and the chin can look recessed due to the excess tissue and lack of definition. While liposuction or a neck lift can be used to remove excess fat under the chin, it requires surgery and downtime after the procedures. Kybella injections offer a non-invasive treatment that can slim with chin area without surgery or any downtime.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella is a synthetic version of a bio acid that breaks down fat in the body. When injected into a fatty area, the bio acid attacks the fat cells and helps them dissolve. The fat from the cells is absorbed by the body. Once the fat cells are gone, they do not reproduce. This shrinks the targeted area, gradually creating a more defined and slimmer chin over several weeks after the treatment.
Kybella injections have been FDA-approved for the treatment of a double chin. The procedure is simple and quick. Dr. Anastasatos can perform the injections in our office in about 15-20 minutes. Multiple injections are completed during the treatment to deliver the appropriate dosage to begin shrinking the fat accumulation. There is no downtime required after the procedure. The area may be slightly swollen or tender from the injections, but this is minimal and will dissipate quickly.
In most cases, two treatments are needed to completely shrink the double chin to the desired shape. These treatments are spaced about a month apart. Most patients achieve the results they desire in about 2-3 months. In some cases, a third treatment may be needed if there is still some residual fat under the chin.
Are You a Good Candidate for Kybella Double Chin Reduction?
If you have a double chin that is impacting your appearance or self-confidence, Kybella injections may be right for you. It is important to note that Kybella does not lift or remove excess skin. For those with a double chin and sagging skin, a neck lift with liposuction may be a better option to create the desired effect. Good candidates for Kybella injections have good skin laxity, allowing the skin to tighten around the neck and chin as the fat dissolves.
If you are self-conscious due to a double chin or just want a slimmer, more defined jaw and chin, Kybella injections may be the solution. To learn more about double chin treatment, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. We can schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. John Anastasatos, who can discuss Kybella injections and other options for reducing a double chin.