Love the Chin You’re In with Submental Fat Reduction for Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, Main Line, and Beyond
Whether the cause is weight fluctuation, age, genetics, or a combination of factors, fat deposits can develop almost anywhere on the body. The area under the chin, typically referred to as the submental area, is no exception. While reaching a healthy weight can be achieved with diet and exercise, such measures may fail to reduce fat in specific areas. However, significant chin fat reduction is within arm's reach, with Kybella® at our Philadelphia area practice.
In this age of increasing social media photo posts, both male and female patients at Cirillo Cosmetic have requested submental fat reduction to achieve a sleeker, stronger, and better-defined jawline.
Located on the Main Line, Cirillo Cosmetic is conveniently accessible to patients driving from Delaware, Montgomery, and Chester counties.
What is Kybella®?
While diet and exercise can reduce the size of fat cells, they cannot make them disappear. Even the most disciplined and dedicated individuals can struggle to diminish localized fat deposits. The double chin, often referred to as the "turkey wattle", is one of these diet- and exercise-resistant fat areas.
Kybella® is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive, non-surgical prescription injectable from Allergan (manufacturer of other popular products such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm®) that treats moderate to severe submental fullness. Its active ingredient is a synthesized version of deoxycholic acid, one that is nearly identical to that naturally found in the body.
Deoxycholic acid helps break down fat as part of our body’s everyday dietary processes. When it is carefully injected into specific areas between the chin and neck, it triggers a process known as cytolysis, where the membranes of fat cells are broken down while the surrounding skin and other tissues will remain unharmed.
Over time, the remnants of these cells are naturally processed out of the body, leaving the chin looking slimmer and overall facial appearance more youthful and refreshed.
Who Can Receive Kybella® Treatments?
Kybella® is approved to reduce submental fullness in patients over the age of 18. It is not approved for use outside the submental area. Patients who choose to receive Kybella® should ideally be at a healthy weight and committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is especially important in maintaining long-term results, as the remaining fat cells in the body are still capable of increasing in size with weight gain.
In many cases, the appearance of a double chin may be due to lax, sagging skin, or a combination of lax skin and excess fat. For patients who need to address skin laxity, skin tightening treatments such as radiofrequency, micro needling with radiofrequency (INFINI™), and ultrasound (vShape Ultra) therapy may be additionally recommended.
What to Expect from a Kybella® Treatment Session at Bryn Mawr or Newtown Square
A typical treatment session lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, and involves Kybella® injections to carefully mapped out submental fat areas. A topical numbing agent and ice may first be applied to maximize comfort. The number of injections and amount of product used per session will vary from patient to patient, as each person’s chin profile is unique.
Injection-related side effects are usually temporary, and may include bruising, swelling, tingling, or numbness in the area. The swelling may last for seven to 10 days after treatment. Numbness may last for several weeks.
While many patients see improvements in their chin profile within weeks of their first treatment, some patients may require additional treatments to achieve their desired results.
Remember, it is important to ensure that a medically certified, experienced injector will be administering your Kybella®. All of our providers are medically licensed and trained to ensure that every patient receives safe, comfortable, and effective treatment.