You’ve always taken good care of your body, but some things have proven beyond your control, like that little bit of extra fullness under your chin. It won’t go away no matter how seriously you diet and exercise. Fortunately, Kybella, a treatment offered by The Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center in Williamsville NY, can quickly and permanently get rid of that fullness and tighten the skin under your chin.
Kybella involves a series of simple injections in our office, with results appearing about a month after the first treatment. This injectable gets rave reviews from patients for its ability to restore the profile of the chin, in many cases taking years off an individual’s appearance. Could this be the solution you’ve been looking for?
How Did I End Up With Fullness Under the Chin?
The fullness that develops under the chin, which is also referred to as submental fullness, can be caused by any number of factors. In some patients, this condition sets in during middle age. Diet sometimes plays a role. So does poor posture, which can weaken chin and neck muscles. And because submental fullness can be inherited, some patients simply have the “family chin.”
The good news is that submental fullness is no cause for medical concern. But the condition can be frustrating cosmetically because diet and exercise won’t always resolve it. That’s where this injectable treatment comes in.
How Kybella Helps
This injectable uses synthetic deoxycholic acid, a substance that is found naturally in the body, to melt away fullness under the chin. Once it has been injected, the acid breaks down those fat cells, gradually helping the chin take on a slimmer and more contoured appearance.
This treatment is the only FDA-approved injectable that has been clinically shown to tone down the extra volume in the chin. And that’s not all. This injectable also tightens up the skin, so the chin will remain firm and taut. That means you won’t be left with loose skin under the chin once that little bit of extra volume is gone.
How Soon Will This Treatment Start Working?
It usually takes between four and six weeks for the results of a single treatment to gradually appear. For some patients, just one treatment is enough to resolve their fullness. For others, four or six treatments may be recommended, with six being the maximum number of sessions any patient receives. When patients undergo a series of treatments, we schedule each appointment at least a month apart.
Are the Results Permanent?
We know it sounds almost too good to be true, but this treatment permanently eradicates under-chin fullness. You won’t have to worry about maintenance treatments or taking any other special steps to preserve your results.
So What Will My Chin Look Like?
We know it can be hard to imagine how your chin area will look once that extra fullness is gone. One of the biggest changes you’ll notice is that your chin will appear more narrow, giving your face a natural oval shape. And the arc that connects your chin to your neck will appear smoother, more graceful, and tauter. The improvement will be subtle, but most patients are amazed at how much more youthful they look once they’ve undergone this treatment.
What Is Treatment Like?
We’ll begin your treatment by applying a topical numbing cream and making a couple of marks on the skin that we’ll use as reference points when performing your injections. We may also take some pictures so that we can track your progress.
Most appointments last about 20 minutes and involve a series of injections. Because no anesthesia is involved, you’ll be able to get right back to your regular schedule afterward. Patients are asked to avoid vigorous exercise and refrain from massaging the injection site for several days after their appointment.
Can This Treatment Be Used on My Jowls?
This treatment works wonders on the under-chin area, but it can’t be performed on the jowls. If you are concerned about your jowls, we can recommend another treatment for you.
Is It Safe?
Yes. This injectable treatment was approved by the FDA in 2015 and has been safely and widely used in the years since.
Can This Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Services?
Kybella can be easily combined with other services into a custom treatment package that addresses all of your cosmetic goals. Dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections are popular companion treatments.
Why Should I Choose This Treatment?
There are several reasons why this treatment is so popular. Its advantages include convenient, long-lasting results and a formulation that specifically targets submental fullness.
A Non-Surgical Option
Neck lifts, lower facelifts, and even liposuction are all options for treating submental fullness, but those are more invasive surgical procedures. Not every patient is a candidate for surgery and not everyone can commit to the hassle and downtime associated with those treatments. And if submental fullness is the only issue a patient is seeking to address, a lower facelift may be a more involved approach than necessary.
A Convenient Treatment
This injectable treatment is a simple, convenient option that involves no downtime. Appointments are relatively brief and can easily be worked into your lunch hour. And because no recovery period is necessary, you’ll be able to get right back to your regular schedule.
Specially Formulated for Submental Fullness
Body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting can also be used to reduce volume under the chin. But those treatments are multi-purpose fat-busters that can be used all over the body. When they are applied to the small area beneath the chin, care must be taken to avoid overtreatment. What makes Kybella unique is that it was specially designed to treat the sensitive, contoured under-chin area.
Many of the patients we treat have been grappling with submental fullness for years. They’ve used scarves, turtlenecks, and even makeup tricks to minimize the appearance of their chin. Once you’ve undergone this treatment, you’ll never have to worry about chin fullness again. Those fat cells will be gone for good.
A Fresher, Younger Look
The amount of fat that accumulates under the chin is quite small, but getting rid of it can dramatically improve a patient’s appearance. Individuals with submental fullness can sometimes appear older and heavier than they are. This injectable treatment helps them achieve a more defined, youthful chin that they can be proud of.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our practice. We’ll review your medical history, evaluate your submental fullness, and talk with you about the cosmetic results you’re hoping to achieve.
We’ll work with you to determine whether or not this treatment is a good solution for you. But because we know you’re curious, here are a few early signs that you may be a good candidate:
You Can Wait for the Results
It usually takes at least a month for results to develop after treatment. Given the improvement patients see, a month isn’t a long time. But we know it can be hard to wait when you’re eager for change. The best patients have the time and patience to wait out the process. Many appreciate the gradual onset of results because it means they never look like they suddenly went and had “work done.” It also gives them time to adjust to their new look.
You Exercise and Eat Right
It can be hard to pinpoint the cause of a patient’s submental fullness. But if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle and you still have submental fullness, that may be a sign that you’re predisposed to the condition. This injectable works particularly well for patients who are genetically predisposed to submental fullness.
Your Self-Esteem Is Impacted
For many patients, a full chin is a minor annoyance but not something they want to seek treatment for. For other individuals, the condition is devastating. If you’re deeply self-conscious about your chin, or if submental fullness is holding you back in other ways, it may be time to seek treatment. There’s no need to struggle when an easy treatment can resolve submental fullness.
Loose Skin Is Not the Issue
Sometimes loose skin beneath the chin masquerades as submental fullness. Patients come to us because they are unhappy with the way their chin looks but, upon closer examination, we determine that the problem is loose, excess skin. Before proceeding with treatment, we decide whether submental fullness or lax skin is the problem. If loose skin is the problem, we will recommend another treatment. There are several options we can talk with you about.
You’re in Good General Health
This treatment is recommended for adults who are 18 years or older and in good general health. If you have had facial surgery or are planning to have it in the future, you may not be a candidate. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who have trouble swallowing, also may not be candidates. If the skin under the chin has become inflamed or infected, we may recommend postponing your treatment.
Can I Do Anything on My Own to Address Chin Fullness?
It can be difficult to resolve under-chin fullness on your own, but there are some steps you can take to help your lower face look as healthy as possible.
We know you’ve heard it a million times, but eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water is a great step to take. You may even lose a little weight, which could help subtly slim down your chin.
Toning the small area beneath the chin is fairly difficult. But regular full-body exercises pay dividends for your overall health and appearance just like a healthy diet does, even if they can’t alone change your double chin.
Put Extra Effort Into Your Skincare Routine
If you’re looking for a way to keep your face as healthy as possible, it doesn’t hurt to put a little extra time and effort into your at-home skincare routine. This is not the time to skimp on moisturizer or sleep in your makeup. Sticking to a regular regimen of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing with good-quality products is a great way to keep your skin in tip-top condition.
Healthy, well-cared-for skin always looks great, even if there’s still a little fullness in the chin area. Refraining from smoking, which weakens the skin, also helps.
It’s Time to Put Your Best Face Forward
You don’t have to struggle with under-chin fullness any longer. This unique, non-invasive treatment is giving patients results that were once only achieved with surgery or liposuction. Best of all, there’s no downtime involved and you’ll see your first results in just a few weeks. If you’re ready to get started, call The Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center in Williamsville NY, and schedule a Kybella consultation today.