A quick internet search for “how to get rid of a double chin” yields almost 33 million results, which is a pretty good indication that if you have a double chin but wish you didn’t, you’re not alone. Sadly, most of those results suggest things like exercises that are supposed to target the fat under your chin — and you probably already know how ineffective such approaches tend to be.
Until recently, the only real solution for a double chin involved a painful face-lift surgery that came with risks, side effects, and a long recovery period.
Now, at her West Bloomfield Township, Michigan practice, Dr. Susan J. Seman offers an innovative, new, and non-surgical treatment to slim up that double chin and give you the profile you’ve always wanted: KybellaⓇ.
Diet and exercise only go so far
In general, the best and most effective way to lose weight on any specific part of your body is to exercise and eat properly. By following an exercise routine that includes aerobic exercise, strength training, and some flexibility exercises, you’ll lose fat and build muscle. Similarly, if you stick to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, your overall health will benefit.
However, the fat under your chin, called submental fat, may not respond to diet and exercise at all. Your double chin may simply be the result of genetics.
Kybella to the rescue
Until recently, the only option people with stubborn submental fat had was to have it surgically removed. Surgery always has risks, and it involves significant recovery time.
In 2015, the FDA approved Kybella, an injectable treatment formulated specifically to eradicate submental fat. Since Kybella is delivered via injection, it’s an alternative to surgery that doesn’t carry the same risks and complications that surgical procedures do.
How Kybella works
Kybella is a synthetic form of a substance called deoxycholic acid, which is a natural component in your stomach acid. When it occurs naturally in your body, deoxycholic acid helps break down fat during the digestion process.
In Kybella, synthetic deoxycholic acid does the same thing: it dissolves fat. Injected directly into your submental fat cells, Kybella melts them away and your body naturally flushes them through your lymphatic system, as it would any damaged or dead cells.
What to expect
During your initial consultation, Dr. Seman discusses your overall health as well as your aesthetic goals. If Kybella is the right treatment for you, she tells you how many appointments you’ll be likely to need. If you’re like most people, you’ll need anywhere from two to six sessions to eliminate that stubborn submental fat.
Before your injections, Dr. Seman numbs your chin and marks the specific injection sites. You’ll probably feel a slight burning sensation during the actual injections, but it’s not a terribly painful treatment. Plus, the treatment is fast! You should be able to return to your normal activities after 20-30 minutes.
You’re likely to have some swelling after the treatment, but this should completely dissipate in two weeks. It takes about five weeks for your body to completely dispose of the fat cells destroyed during your treatment.
If you’re ready to learn more about Kybella and find out what your profile would look like without that double chin, book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Susan J. Seman today!