It can be frustrating to deal with a double chin that doesn’t seem to go away no matter how much you diet and exercise. When you feel like you’ve already done everything you could to slim your appearance, but you still aren’t getting the results you want, it’s time to look at other options. At Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center in Sacramento, CA we know that Kybella, a unique injectable treatment, may be a good option for you.
How to Get Rid of a Double Chin
Before you learn how to get rid of a double chin, first you need to know what a double chin is and what causes them to appear. As much as we love the confidence that comes from #chinning challenges, it can be difficult to feel confident about our appearance every day. For that reason, it’s always a good idea to be proactive about your aesthetic treatments so you can feel confident all the time. Remember: people who are confident and happy with their appearance tend to make healthier lifestyle choices too, so taking care of yourself is always a win-win.
Double Chin 101
A double chin is also called submental fat and refers to the pocket of fat cells that are below the neck. Double chins aren’t harmful, but they do have a way of making people appear overweight or unhealthy even when people are very fit. Sometimes, double chins can even cloak the shape of the jawline or age you by several years. But what causes double chins to appear? There are actually several factors that can contribute to the appearance of a double chin, including:
Your genes determine everything about you, including the way your body likes to distribute and store fat. For some people, the fat cells beneath the chin are one of the designated fat pockets where the body likes to store excess fat for later fuel consumption. Your double chin may be caused by genetic factors if your immediate blood relatives also have a double chin.
The genetics of a double chin can also make it harder to get rid of a double chin through diet and exercise. If you’ve noticed that none of your lifestyle changes are working to help you get rid of a double chin, then the chances are higher that your double chin is caused by genetic factors beyond your control. A treatment like Kybella can override your genetics by eliminating fat cells at the source
Your body weight can be a factor for developing a double chin. People who are a bit overweight or who have a history of being heavier tend to be more likely to have a double chin. Losing weight through diet and exercise doesn’t always resolve the appearance of a double chin since it’s pretty hard to exercise your neck in a way that will burn fat cells in that area.
Medication is sometimes an overlooked factor when it comes to double chins, but it’s an important factor to consider. Some medications have a side effect that makes it easier to gain weight or store fat. If you’ve noticed your double chin has formed after taking a certain medication, then you may want to speak with your physician about alternate medications to see if this will help you reduce the appearance of a double chin.
Finally, lifestyle factors can be a huge contributor to forming a double chin. Aside from diet and exercise, lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption can also make it easier to gain weight and store fat. It’s ideal if you can change some of your lifestyle factors to include more water and less salt and sugar, as these simple changes will help your body more efficiently use and burn stored fat.
How to Get Rid of a Double Chin In Two Easy Steps
At the end of the day, no matter what causes a double chin, getting rid of a double chin is easy enough when you use the right methods. For most people, the only thing necessary is a simple two-step solution: a consultation with an aesthetic expert and Kybella treatments.
Step One: Consultation
The first step to getting rid of your double chin is to attend a consultation appointment at our clinic. The consultation will give us the opportunity to examine the condition of your submental fat and assess whether you are a good candidate for the treatment. Most people are qualified candidates, particularly those who have double chins that are resistant to diet and exercise. We will discuss your general medical history and other cosmetic treatments you may have used in the past, including surgical procedures like liposuction.
Step Two: Kybella
The next step in your plan will be a series of Kybella treatments, which are designed to directly destroy and eliminate unwanted fat cells. Your treatment appointments will be very simple and can usually be completed within 20 to 30 minutes. Most people will need a few appointments to achieve optimal results and the results of this treatment are intended to last a lifetime.
What Do You Need to Know About This Treatment?
The key to the success of this treatment is the unique, one-of-its-kind deoxycholic acid injectable formula. Several injections with this formula will be made into the fat cells beneath the chin to begin the process of eliminating unwanted fat. One of the more exciting things about this treatment is the fact that this formula is based on both science and nature.
Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that is naturally found in the body and that is regularly used by the body’s metabolic system to break down and absorb fat cells when fat is burned for fuel. However, because we can’t tell our body where to apply deoxycholic acid, the precision of this injectable makes it possible to choose where we want to eliminate unwanted fat. Once injected, this acid formula will destroy fat cells, which will then be eliminated from the body permanently.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Most people will need between one and three appointments, each spaced a month apart, to achieve the desired results. However, sometimes people with significant submental fat may require as many as six treatments before ideal results are achieved. The number of appointments you will need will depend on the amount of submental fat you want to reduce and how well your body responds to the synthetic deoxycholic acid injection.
Speaking of injections, each of your treatment appointments will require between 20 to 50 injections into each target area. It may sound like a lot of injections, but the amount of formula for each poke is relatively small; the high number of injections is to ensure that only fat cells are being targeted and that your results will be precise.
How Should You Prepare for Treatment?
Preparing for this treatment is as simple as any other injectable treatment. In fact, you will only need to follow a few pre-treatment guidelines about one to three days before your treatment to achieve the best possible results. Some guidelines may include avoiding blood-thinning medications, temporarily discontinuing retinoids, and arriving at your appointment with a freshly cleansed face and neck.
What Should You Do After Your Treatment?
One of the major upsides of this treatment is the fact that there is no official recovery time. Most people go back to work or their normal daily activities after this treatment, although there are a few exceptions and limitations. You will be given several post-treatment guidelines to follow for the first few days after your treatment so you can achieve your desired results.
For example, you will be instructed to avoid direct sunlight, excessive sweating and heat, and specific environments like hot tubs, saunas, and tanning beds. You should also drink plenty of water after your treatment to help your body naturally eliminate fat cells.
When Will You See Results?
It will take several weeks to see the initial results of your treatment. This is because it takes time for the synthetic deoxycholic acid injectable to destroy and eliminate fat cells. Even though this treatment starts to work immediately, the results will not be visible until the fat cells are naturally metabolized from your body.
For that reason, many patients will not see any significant results until two to three months after the first treatment appointment. One of the reasons why you may need more than three appointments is because the results of this treatment appear so gradually. We also like to space your treatments about a month apart so we can better assess whether or not you need additional treatments to achieve your appearance goals.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment are intended to last a lifetime. This is another unique feature of this treatment since, unlike other injectable treatments, the results of this treatment are considered permanent. The vast majority of people who use this treatment will never have to deal with a double chin again.
The reason why these results are permanent is because of the nature of fat cells, which are unable to grow back after being destroyed. Since the deoxycholic acid in this treatment both destroys and eliminates unwanted fat cells, there is no way for eliminated fat cells to come back.
How Should You Maintain Results?
That said, although the results of this treatment are intended to be permanent, you will still need to make good lifestyle choices if you want to protect the integrity of your results. Depending on your treatment goals, you will likely still have a few fat cells left over after your results are achieved and those fat cells will still be capable of storing additional fat. The best way to maintain your results is to manage your body weight and exercise regularly.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Although this is a treatment that will destroy fat cells, the treatment itself is very safe – and is usually considered a safer and better alternative than surgical liposuction to remove unwanted submental fat. Kybella has been approved by the FDA since 2015 and has helped countless people feel more confident about their appearance.
In fact, about 82% of people in clinical trials have been satisfied by the results of this treatment; those same clinical trials have determined that this treatment is safe and effective for the vast majority of people. Currently, this treatment is the only minimally invasive aesthetic solution to removing unwanted fat beneath the chin.
Discover the Amazing Benefits of Kybella
So, how to get rid of a double chin? Try Kybella! This unique injectable treatment can permanently destroy the submental fat cells beneath your chin and help you achieve a smoother, more youthful appearance. This safe and effective treatment can enhance your aesthetics with permanent results. Contact Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center in Sacramento, CA to schedule your consultation today!