You likely call it a double chin. Medically, it’s called submental fullness, and doctors consider this a very common condition. On its own, there are no particular health symptoms or consequences, but this storage space for fat can dramatically alter your appearance. You may seem older or heavier than is the case, and a double chin is often a candidate when people list things that make them feel self-conscious.
While melting away fat may seem like a wishful daydream for those with submental fullness, an injectable treatment called Kybella® now gives you the chance to do just that. Alpha Internal Medicine in Fayetteville, Georgia, offers Kybella to their patients who have lived with their double chins long enough. Here’s how this remarkable product gives you control over this previously stubborn condition.
A fat trouble spot
Anyone who has put effort into reshaping their body with diet and exercise knows that control is limited, particularly in places where fat sits between muscle and skin. You can tone muscle all you like, but it won’t reshape the fat above it. It’s up to your metabolism to decide where and when to draw fat for fuel when you’re in a calorie deficit. Frustratingly, your body won’t consult you on the subject.
The submental region, under your chin, is a common place for both fat storage and frustration. When you’re carrying an excess of fat here, your natural chin can be de-emphasized and the line of your jaw may soften. The angle between your neck and jaw becomes a shallow curve. These all combine to make your face look older or like you’re carrying more pounds than you actually weigh. It’s no wonder so many people feel self-conscious about double chins.
When your body needs to break down fat, it often turns to a naturally-produced chemical called deoxycholic acid. It’s typically used in the processing of fat in the foods that you eat. The acid breaks down the cell walls of the fats which it comes in contact with, allowing these to be metabolized.
Kybella uses a synthesized form of deoxycholic acid as its active ingredient. Injected into the fat stores under your chin, it breaks down the cell walls, the same way natural forms of the substance do. Your body then flushes away compromised cells through the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
What to expect from treatment
Kybella treatment takes about 20 minutes and consists of a series of small injections, strategically chosen for maximum effect. That’s it. While you don’t leave your initial treatment looking different, over the next few weeks, treated fat cells break down and flush from your system. Gradually, your under-chin area starts to reshape. You may require follow-up treatments, depending on the amount of fat you carry under the chin and these can be administered at one-month intervals.
Kybella is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating submental fullness. Side effects are rare and most often include irritation around injection sites, if you have any reaction at all. Results are essentially permanent, since your body typically doesn’t make replacement fat cells.
Contact Alpha Internal Medicine by phone or online to find out more about Kybella. Chances are good that you’re a candidate for its slimming and shaping possibilities. The process starts with you, so book your appointment today.