Looking in the mirror and seeing a double chin can be discouraging and affect our self-confidence. If you’re unhappy with the profile stubborn chin fat is giving you, there is a non-surgical solution that delivers real results. Call Spa Noor in Fall River, MA and ask about Kybella.
What Causes a Double Chin?
A double chin is a layer of fat under the chin called submental fat. It can take away from a sculpted profile and make even a person at their ideal weight look heavier than they are. This layer of fat is notoriously diet and exercise-resistant, so it’s not easily “worked off” the way other areas of fat can be.
It’s not just weight that causes a double chin. If you are at a healthy weight and are still struggling with a double chin, there could be other reasons.
If you have family members with double chins, you’re far more likely to develop one than someone whose family doesn’t struggle with submental fat. Genetics also plays a role in how much collagen we produce and how quickly it breaks down. Collagen breaks down and leads to sagging skin which could add to the appearance of a double chin.
There’s going to be an entire generation of people with more submental fat than the last. Leaning over smartphones, tablets, and laptops can create a double chin. Over enough time, this constant posture can cause fat pads to shift, moving down and forward. It also puts a strain on your skin and when you age, your collagen and elastin in your skin diminish and it can no longer hold its shape.
As we age, we lose collagen production. Collagen is the strong, fibrous protein that gives our skin a solid structure and keeps it adhered to the muscles and bone structure of our face. We lose one percent of collagen a year and women lose over 30 percent more at menopause. When collagen breaks down, our skin can’t stay tightly attached to the deeper layers of our skin.
It used to be if someone wanted to address their double chin, they had to commit to invasive surgeries like liposuction or revert to at-home exercises that don’t produce results. Now, people unhappy with the way their double chin looks have a non-surgical choice that gets results: Kybella.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is an injectable made of synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance our bodies produce and use to break down dietary fat. This treatment is used to target unwanted submental fat under the chin.
How Does Kybella Work?
When Kybella is injected into the fat under the chin, it immediately goes to work. It attaches to fat cells and destroys their membranes. This happens within minutes in a process called lysis. Those fat cell membranes will be naturally eliminated by the body after they’re destroyed. Once these membranes are destroyed, the fat cells can no longer store fat.
Am I a Good Candidate for Kybella?
Only your provider can determine if this is the right treatment for you, but many people receive this treatment with amazing results. This is an appropriate treatment for anyone over the age of 18.
4 Signs It May Be Right for You
1. You Have a Diet and Exercise Resistant Double Chin
If you eat well, exercise and are generally healthy but are consistently bothered by the appearance of a double chin, this could be the right choice for you. If you have tried everything to get rid of submental fat but still have a double chin, talk to your provider.
2. You Don’t Want to Have Surgery
If you don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure but want to eliminate the submental fat, this could be the right treatment for you.
3. Your Skin Is in Good Condition
If your skin is in good condition, meaning you are only experiencing mild-to-moderate skin laxity, this could be a good treatment for you. Those with severe laxity and sagging skin under your chin and neck may need to discuss other options with your provider. This isn’t a treatment that will cause significantly tighter skin, though it can have a small effect on skin laxity.
4. You’re at a Stable Weight
Those who get this treatment have the best results when they stay within 10-15 pounds of the weight they were when they receive treatment. Though the fat cells under your neck can never hold fat again, the nearby fat cells can enlarge and make the area look like it has extra weight, though there will be proportionately less fat there than other areas on your body.
What to Expect
When you and your provider have decided this is the right treatment for you, there’s little preparation for you to do before treatment. It’s a good idea to plan this visit well ahead of a special occasion you’re hoping to have results for. It can take a few weeks for results to meet your needs and expectations.
You may be asked to not take blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements for a few weeks before treatment to reduce the small likelihood of bruising.
During Your Appointment
When you arrive, your provider will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the entire session. When your skin is numb, they will make a series of injections under your chin, targeting the unwanted fat. Once they’re finished, you can go back to your normal routine.
Because there is no downtime with this treatment, many people will schedule their appointments in the middle of their workday and go back to work right after.
It takes up to six weeks for your body to eliminate the fat cells that have been destroyed. Some clients are happy with the results they see after just one treatment. Most clients will need between two and six treatments to get the results they’re looking for. This depends on how much submental fat each person has, how their fat cells respond to treatment and the specific results they want.
If you get multiple treatments, they will be spaced about a month apart.
If you’ve gotten treatment for your double chin, why not address other areas of your appearance that bother you? If you’ve been noticing fine lines and wrinkles, you don’t have to just grin and bear it. There are quick and easy treatments you can receive that will turn back the hands of time on your face.
Fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. There are very few things that give such immediate and striking results. There are many fillers on the market today, and each one targets a different concern and has a different effect. Most fillers are made from a form of hyaluronic acid, a sugar our bodies make to keep our skin and connective tissues lubricated, suspended in a smooth and pliable gel.
Lines, Wrinkles, and Folds
There are few things that affect our appearance like wrinkles. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin, which makes our skin more susceptible to wrinkles, lines, and folds. Dermal fillers are injected to naturally plump those areas and successfully address:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
The results are immediate and natural-looking. The hyaluronic acid in the filler attracts moisture, so this treatment can improve the appearance of the skin while also smoothing the lines for a more youthful appearance.
If you were born with thinner lips than you’d like or you’ve lost volume as you’ve aged, fillers can restore volume to your lips. Certain fillers are designed specifically for lip enhancement, and they make lips soft and pillowy without seeming overfilled or over plumped. Providers can use filler to sculpt the shape you’ve always wanted.
If you want cupid’s arrow on your top lip, you can have it, and it will look natural. This treatment also smooths the small vertical lines around your lips. These lines can make lipstick and gloss “bleed” onto the surrounding skin. Many people have down-turned corners of the mouth that can give the appearance of being unhappy when they’re not. Filler can be worked to turn those corners up, brightening their appearance.
As we age, we not only lose collagen and elastin, but the fat pads underneath our dermis can shift and move downward. This can leave areas on our face looking hollow or bony. This typically happens in the cheeks, cheekbones and temporal regions. People who once enjoyed high cheekbones and apple cheeks can, over time, see their features flatten and contours disappear.
Certain fillers have been approved to fill these larger areas of lost volume. Clients can have their youthful contours restored and dewy smiles returned to their cheeks. Another area that can be treated with filler is the back of the hands. Our hands betray our age almost as quickly as our faces do. Filler can restore youthful plumpness to the back of the hands, hiding ligaments and veins that can become more visible as we age.
Radiesse is not made of hyaluronic acid but calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. What’s different about this filler is that it triggers the production of collagen and elastin, which helps the body build youthful skin and structure from the inside out. Results are immediate because areas are filled by the gel, but as the gel is naturally and harmlessly absorbed, the new production of collagen builds a new foundation and results get even better over time.
What to Expect
When you make an appointment for filler, there’s no preparation for you to do. On the day of your session, your provider may apply a topical anesthetic to the injection site to ensure you’re comfortable. Your provider will make injections to achieve the results you’ve discussed. When you’re done, you can go back to your normal routine because there is no downtime.
Results from filler are immediate. You will walk in with lines, folds, and wrinkles and walk out with a more youthful appearance. You can see results for up to 18 months, but most see results for nine to twelve months. Follow your provider’s advice for a recommended follow-up schedule so you can enjoy seamless results.
Make Your Life-Changing Appointment Today
If you’re ready to have the profile you’ve always wanted and be excited to have your picture taken again, there’s no reason to put it off any longer. Call Spa Noor in Fall River, MA to schedule your consultation. We’re committed to helping each of our clients reach all their aesthetic goals so they can look and feel their best. We look forward to helping you be your best!