Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Cosmetic Procedures

Most people are bothered by excess fat under their chin. Zoom-heavy workdays (where chin issues are accentuated on camera) make it easy to see why. A study showed that approximately 70 percent of people are dissatisfied with their jawline.

Kybella has become one of the go-to solutions for chin woes since the FDA approved it six years ago. It melts chin fat and gives people a more toned, chiseled-looking jawline. The advantage of Kybella over liposuction is that it is only minimally invasive, and you can go back to work immediately.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a product administered through a series of shots under the chin. The active ingredient (deoxycholic acid) causes a chemical reaction that destroys fat cells forever. Over several weeks, your system then flushes them out, leaving behind a tighter-looking chin and jawline.

Good Kybella Candidates

You’re a good candidate for Kybella if you’re healthy, over the age of 18, and are dissatisfied with fullness under your chin. This is especially true if you exercise and eat healthful foods but still have a double chin. Kybella can treat small pockets of fat locally. So it can be effective when diet, exercise, or genetics fail to give you the chiseled jawline you want.

Will Kybella Work for Me?

Most people get two treatments of Kybella–but this is only enough for about 30 percent of people who seek treatment. Optimal results depend on getting the number of treatments you need. So how many is that? It’s four to six treatments, according to studies that show:

Fifty percent of people see an improvement after four treatments
Seventy percent of people see a visible improvement after six treatments

What to Expect The Day of Your Injections

On the day of your Kybella injections, you’ll be given a numbing agent, so the shots don’t hurt. You can expect your dermatologist to mark up the skin under your chin with a grid of dots. These will act as a roadmap to guide them as they make their injections.

Have a Dermatologist Do Your Injections

You’ll want a doctor who has studied chin and neck anatomy to do your injections. The dermatologists at the Skin and Cancer Institute are highly-educated and trained to safely inject Kybella without causing any damage to nearby nerves.

What to Expect After Your Treatment

Expect some swelling for up to five days after your treatment. You may even bruise and have redness in your chin area. These are typical side effects of Kybella injections and will subside in a few days. It’s helpful–in the meantime–to camouflage the area with makeup. Wearing a turtleneck shirt could also help. In about six weeks, you’ll see the final results of your latest treatment.

In Summary

Kybella is an excellent alternative to liposuction for the estimated 70 percent of people who’re dissatisfied with their jawline–especially in light of our new Zoom-centric workplaces. Kybella is minimally-invasive, so you can return to work immediately. Kybella’s active ingredient is delivered through a series of injections under your chin that destroys fat cells permanently over about six weeks. It’s vital to have a dermatologist perform your Kybella injections because they understand chin and neck anatomy and can do it safely.

The Skin and Cancer Institute’s dermatologists are Kybella-trained and ready to help if you choose to get this chin-slimming procedure. Not sure if Kybella is right for you, contact us today for a consultation.