The bulge that hides your neck and robs your profile of defined, angular contours is known in the medical world as "submental fat," but you probably call it a double chin. Our expert injectors offer an effective, minimally invasive treatment that can address it—Kybella®—at Dr. Mark Youssef's Santa Monica practice.
The injectable works to permanently destroy unwanted fat cells, which can be a more effective treatment method than even dieting and exercise, which physically shrink fat cells but don't reduce their numbers. Fat cells that remain in the body can grow again under the right circumstances, causing a bulge to appear once again. With Kybella®, the cells are gone, and you never have to worry about them again.
Your digestive system makes use of a chemical known as deoxycholic acid to break down fat. That chemical is the active ingredient used in Kybella®. It's safe to use, but because it's so powerful and effective, it must be administered with care and precision by a certified doctor who can blend medical experience, knowledge of anatomy, and an eye for aesthetics to generate the desired results.
Our expert injectors will make multiple injections in the neck area, but the process typically requires only about 20 minutes. Once injected, Kybella® begins to work, disrupting excess fat cells and kickstarting their removal from the body. In the following weeks, patients will begin to notice their submental fat receding. While results can be visible after just one treatment, a patient may require to two four treatment sessions, spaced about a month apart, to achieve the full transformative effect. In some cases, six treatments may be necessary. Our expert injectors can discuss the best course of action and the expected number of sessions needed with a patient during the consultation.
Currently, the FDA has approved Kybella® only for use on double chins.
Many patients, men and women alike, find that they struggle with some sort of submental fullness, despite the work they put in to lose it. That's because a double chin can be made up of what is known as stubborn fat, which resists slimming down even as other areas of your body show results of your efforts.
While Kybella® is a reliably effective option for targeting submental fat, it is not the only double-chin-reducing treatment our surgeons offer at Younique. Liposuction will surgically remove excess fat by suctioning it out. It does cost more than Kybella® and requires more post-procedure down time, but the results are more immediate.
Defined neck and chin contours can also be obscured by loose skin, which can be tightened to create a more youthful appearance. Thermage® and the Titan laser are effective treatments for this issue. Their skin-tightening effects can be combined with fat removal to give you a sleeker profile.
Our skilled surgeons and the Younique team will work with every patient to help determine the best treatment or combination of treatments to create ideal results.