By Dr. Kaycee Reyes
Struggling to smile because of your double chin? Retaking photos to hide it? You are not alone. Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, that double chin just won’t. Go. Away. They say that maybe you’ve reached a weight loss plateau, maybe genetics has an effect, too, hormones and age may also be to blame, but no matter what the reason may be, stubborn chin fat has finally met its match with Kybella.
Kybella, also called Belkyra, is the only non-invasive cosmetic treatment that permanently removes unwanted fat under the chin via injection. Believe it or not, more than 50 percent of individuals are concerned by their double chin, the same way they are bothered about lines and wrinkles. Moreover, fat under the chin is not only common among overweight individuals, it can be present among those who are fit and healthy as well. Belkyra uses synthetic Deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance that absorbs fat in the body. When injected on the chin, it will destroy the fat in the area to achieve more facial definition. And since the fat cells were destroyed, those cells won’t be able to store fat again! The procedure only takes minutes, with minimal downtime. A topical anesthesia may be applied depending on the patient’s tolerance to injections, but it is not required. The injected deoxycholic acid works instantly, destroying fat cells in hours. This is why there may be mild discomfort, itchiness, swelling, and redness around the area for a few days, and possible numbness for weeks. The fat is eliminated by the body naturally in a few weeks or so, and the effect may be seen in just a short month or a little bit more. Some individuals may require two sessions, some at the maximum of six, depending on the severity of the fat deposit. Kybella sessions for those that require at least two are spaced about one to two months in between. Because this treatment requires little or no downtime, most patients can go back immediately to their regular activities, except for avoiding any harsh or extensive activity days after the session so as not to prolong the side effects of the procedure.
Those who are not qualified for or comfortable with surgical procedures to remove unwanted fat may consider Kybella for their stubborn chin fat. As with any other procedure, however, make sure to disclose all health issues and/or procedures that you have had to your dermatologist, including any cosmetic treatments prior, or any medication or supplement that you are taking, to ensure that Kybella is suitable for you. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are not allowed to undergo this procedure. Individuals with excess skin are not suitable candidates either, as Kybella targets fat cells alone and does not tighten loose skin. Moreover, make sure to choose a dermatologist or a certified and trained physician, as it has to be injected properly and accurately to achieve the desired effect. And most importantly, remember to maintain the right diet and exercise to keep the results. Now you can smile more, feel more confident, and be camera-ready with Kybella. Kybella is available in the United States and Australia and will be available in the Philippines in 2018.