Even a bit of excess fat in the upper neck area will cause the appearance of a "double chin" that may be bothersome to both men and women. The additional pockets of fat below the chin (or the submental area) may be caused by aging, genetics, or weight fluctuations that leads to a weaker chin and jawbone for a less defined profile. Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Phi P. Nguyen is happy to offer a new technique to reduce neck fat at MIA Plastic Surgery. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Kybella is the first nonsurgical option for submental fat. The active ingredient in Kybella is a synthetically made version of deoxycholic acid that performs like the natural DA in the body to attack and absorb fat. After it has been injected beneath the chin, you may see a noticeable reduction in the amount of fat. Once the fat is removed, it will not regenerate, so you will enjoy your new, slender profile and defined jawline.
The best patients for Kybella injectable treatments have unwanted fat in the upper neck (submental area) that is causing a double chin or unwanted volume. Kybella corrects stubborn areas of fat that cannot be removed with common weight loss methods since it is determined by genetics, aging, or other conditions. If you are near a healthy weight, but diet and exercise have not been able to eliminate the fat in your submental area, Kybella may be the right option for your goals. While Kybella can be used to address small to moderate amounts of fat in the submental area, significant amounts of fat may require surgical liposuction.
Plan Your Procedure
Kybella injections are done during an in-office appointment. We generally apply a numbing gel to the injected area, if desired, after the skin is clean. The injection takes about 15 – 20 minutes, which includes a few small injections targeting the submental area. Some patients may require one treatment to get to their desired look, while some may want a few treatments spaced 3 – 4 weeks apart.
What to Expect
Since Kybella does not require lasting anesthesia, patients are allowed to leave the office as soon as they feel comfortable to resume their daily plans. Patients may notice temporary bruising, numbness, or swelling below the chin, although this should not last longer than a couple of days. Call MIA Plastic Surgery immediately if you are noticing any unusual side effects, including facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, or if your smile is uneven. While the fat cells affected by Kybella do not return, the remaining cells can grow larger, so patients need to maintain a steady weight after their Kybella injections to prevent new pockets of fat from forming. The results following this treatment leave your neck looking sleeker and tighter and your profile will be more defined.
Reduce Neck Fat Today
Just because everyone else in your family may have to mask their hereditary double chin doesn't mean you need to. Schedule an initial consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Phi P. Nguyen to learn more about the revolutionary Kybella injectable treatments at MIA Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to eliminate a "double chin" so you can enjoy a well-defined chin and jawline.