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When taking pictures do you often find yourself trying to find the right pose to hide or disguise your “double chin”? A double chin — clinically referred to as submental fullness — is common in both men and women of all ages and can be caused by genetics, weight gain and the natural aging process. According to a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, nearly 70 percent of men and women are dissatisfied with their submental fullness. While this excess fat is difficult to target through diet and exercise, VITAHL Chicago offers Kybella® injectable treatments to patients who want a non-surgical and long-lasting option to improve their profile and chin contour.

What is Kybella®?

Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable treatment used to improve the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness — fat deposits below the chin. Kybella® is a laboratory-synthesized form of deoxycholic acid, a compound naturally produced in the human body. Like its natural counterpart, Kybella® targets and destroys fat cells and can significantly improve your chin contour and profile. Kybella® is administered as multiple small injections under the chin. The number of injections and number of treatments varies and will depend on the level of rejuvenation you need and your aesthetic goals. Clinical trials are ongoing to determine if Kybella® is appropriate for treatment of fat stored in other concern areas.

What can I expect from Kybella®?

Kybella® destroys fat cells in the submental area which your lymphatic system will then naturally eliminate from your body over time. Once these fat cells have been destroyed and eliminated from the submental area, your body can no longer store fat in the Kybella® treated areas, and this offers you permanent results. The many benefits of Kybella® include:

  • visible results after two to four treatments
  • no downtime or lengthy recovery time
  • quick, outpatient treatment sessions
  • tailored treatment to give you the right amount of rejuvenation to fulfill your aesthetic goals
  • minimal side effects
  • high patient satisfaction rate
  • permanent, localized fat loss if you maintain a healthy weight

What are the possible side effects?

Some temporary bruising, swelling, redness, numbness and areas of hardness may occur at the injection sites, but these symptoms should subside within the first few days following treatment, leaving behind a younger, toned looking chin with improved contours.

What concern areas can Kybella® improve?

Kybella® is designed specifically to treat submental fullness, the fat your body stores under your chin. If you have other concern areas which you would like to tone, talk to the cosmetic specialists at VITAHL about options you can use in combination with Kybella® to get the full rejuvenation you want.

Am I a candidate for Kybella®?

Kybella® is recommended for adults 18 and older who wish to reduce fullness under their chin. It is most successful when used to improve moderate to severe submental fullness. If you are interested in determining if you are a candidate, set up a complimentary consultation with VITAHL. During the consultation, Dr. Humes will evaluate multiple factors including your health, medical history, aesthetic goals and treatment expectations to determine if Kybella® is the right option for you. Contraindications for Kybella® include current infection in the treatment area, difficulty swallowing, bleeding issues, pregnancy or imminent pregnancy or currently breastfeeding patients. Also, have a conversation with your doctor if you plan to have surgeries in the face or neck areas before having Kybella®.

What happens during a Kybella treatment?

A Kybella® treatment is a safe, fast outpatient procedure, and you will not need to make any special preparations before having Kybella®. On the day of your procedure, your physician will see you to a comfortable procedure room and cleanse your treatment area. They will then administer a precisely predetermined amount of Kybella® to the treatment area through several small injections. Depending on your needs and the level of rejuvenation your desire, you may need more than one Kybella® treatment, and patients typically need about six treatments to get the results they desire. Your doctor will space your treatments about one month apart.

How long before I see results?

Some patients may see results immediately after their first Kybella® treatment. However, most patients typically see a noticeable reduction in their submental fat and improved contours after two to four Kybella® treatments. According to clinical studies, nearly 60 percent of Kybella® patients received six treatments to obtain their desired results.

How long do the results last?

Results may vary. However, once the fat cells under the chin are destroyed, your body can no longer accumulate fat there. This means once your desired result is reached, further treatment will likely not be needed. Excessive weight gain can potentially reverse the results of treatment, so it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight to ensure the longevity of your results.

Why VITAHL Chicago?

VITAHL Chicago is a physician-owned and operated practice that emphasizes physician-regulated, non-surgical treatments. With over 30 years of combined aesthetic experience and over 50 years of combined medical experience on our team, you know you’re in good hands when you visit VITAHL. We are committed to providing the highest level of customized service and care. Patient safety and satisfaction are always our highest priority.

Contact VITAHL today at 312-634-6100 to schedule a consultation and learn more about Kybella® and other non-invasive cosmetic treatments that can help you show your best face to the world.