Many people have what is called a “double chin,” or the appearance of a second chin due to fat in the submental area. Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable treatment that gets rid of the double chin. Results are considered permanent. Learn how the process works and why it’s long lasting, and learn what other factors can cause a double chin to return.
How long does Kybella last?
Kybella is administered in multiple injections around the chin, and 2-3 appointments are required and done several weeks apart. Results after these treatments of Kybella are considered permanent, because the fat cells in the submental (under the chin) area are permanently destroyed.
Will my double chin be gone permanently?
Results are considered permanent, meaning, the fat cells you had that were causing your double chin are now permanently destroyed. But, there are other factors that can lead to a double chin returning. So, while results are permanent, you may still develop a double chin later in life due to overall facial fat accumulation and skin sagging. If new fat cells develop due to excessive weight gain, the double chin can return. Also, due to aging, the skin underneath the chin may become loose. While this is not technically a double chin, it’s something to consider especially in those whose skin may not be as elastic due to genetics or aging.
How does Kybella work?
So how exactly does Kybella destroy fat cells? Kybella contains deoxycholic acid. While the deoxycholic acid in Kybella is synthetic, this substance also occurs naturally in the body and helps to break down and absorb dietary fat in the body. The injection of this substance permanently destroys the fat cells under the chin, thus rendering them unable to store fat.
If you have a stubborn double chin, Dr. Torkian can help you determine whether your skin has the ideal elasticity and whether Kybella can work for you, and will administer the injections.