Age, weight gain, weight loss, and natural skin changes—including decreased collagen production—can lead to loose skin and lost definition under the chin. Although these changes are common and no cause for alarm, many people feel self-conscious about their double chin and look for safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment options. Kybella is a revolutionary injectable proven to restore definition under the chin with no time away from work or your regular activity.
How is Kybella administered?
Before treatment is administered, a consultation appointment is required. This gives the practitioner an opportunity to examine the problem area, discuss your concerns and treatment goals, and review your medical history. Because Kybella isn’t for everybody, the consultation appointment is a very important step in the process. The information your provider gathers during this appointment will be integral in determining whether Kybella can help you achieve the look you want. When time allows, you might receive your first treatment on the same day as your consultation.
Kybella is injected into the fatty tissue underneath your chin. Your provider will determine how many injections you need based on the unique circumstances of your case, but it’s common to receive up to fifty injections during an appointment. Patients with a larger volume of fatty tissue or a larger treatment area will naturally require more injections than patients with smaller volumes.
During your appointment, you’ll experience some discomfort or pain. Most patients describe each injection as a small pinch, similar to other injections they’ve received, and most describe the discomfort as tolerable. Kybella is less invasive and less painful than surgical solutions for your double chin.
How many appointments are needed?
On average, patients are satisfied with the results they achieve in 2-4 treatments. However, some patients require as little as one treatment, and others might need six or more treatments. Once the desired result is achieved, fat isn’t expected to return to that area, which means you won’t need ongoing maintenance treatment sessions.
Your appointments will be brief and easy to fit into your schedule, lasting just 45 minutes on average. Most people schedule their appointments before a couple of days off of work and then get right back to their busy lives.
When you can expect to first notice a difference is hard to predict; some patients see a notable difference after their first treatment, and others can’t tell a difference until they’ve received up to six Kybella treatments. Your doctor will share all of this information with you during your initial consultation to ensure your expectations are realistic and Kybella is able to provide the results you’re hoping to achieve.
What kind of recovery can I expect?
Although some patients opt for or require surgical correction of their double chin and other age-related facial changes, surgical treatment is followed by soreness, time away from work, and restrictions that impact your daily routines. The recovery from Kybella is much easier, which is why so many patients are eager to explore it as a treatment option.
Kybella is accompanied by a normal recovery process that varies from patient to patient but generally follows this course:
- Hoarseness or a sore throat that lasts 12 hours on average but generally not more than 24 hours.
- Mild to moderate swelling, redness, and/or bruising that lasts up to 48 hours.
- Some numbness in the treatment area lasting up to two months.
- Tenderness to the touch for 1-2 months.
- Hardness in the treatment area 3-4 days after treatment, followed by the development of nodules that can be felt through touch but not seen; these nodules disappear as the body flushes out the deadened fat in the area.
If you’re like most patients, you’ll look in the mirror about a month after your treatment and see a marked difference in your jawline! Most patients describe the recovery as tolerable and non-interfering, which is the primary benefit of Kybella over other treatment options for submental fat and fullness.
The best way to limit side effects and achieve desired results is to choose an experienced, qualified provider. Qualified providers specialize in cosmetic procedures and are board-certified in their area of specialty. They require consultation appointments before administering treatment and are honest with patients, even when they aren’t a good candidate for the procedure. Additionally, they can provide before and after pictures, testimonials, and references upon request. Ensure you ask the right questions before choosing a provider.
To learn more about pressing delete on your double chin with Kybella in Northern Virginia, contact us at NOVA Plastic Surgery today. You can stop by 20745 Williamsport Place, call us at 703-574-2588, or visit our website to explore our products and services and get to know our qualified team.