What Is Submental Fat and How Can I Treat It?

Published on January 11, 2019

How many times have you sighed with envy while looking at those glamorous faces on television wishing that you could have a well toned and sculpted face like the ones you see in the media. A great deal of people long to have that perfect facial aesthetic that makes them feel beautiful inside and out.

One of the most difficult areas of the face to remove fat from is the chin area. The area under your chin is called the submental area. Fat that resides in this region is known as submental fat.

Submental fat deposits can lead to the formation of a double chin. Double chins are difficult to get rid of, even with a healthy diet and exercise routine. An increase in submental fat can occur due to multiple reasons, including the aging process, weight gain, and genetics. It makes you appear overweight, even if the rest of your body is in good shape.

How to Treat Submental Fat

Kybella is the only FDA approved treatment that can recontour and improve the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness. This injectable works by dissolving fat in the chin area, giving you a smooth, sculpted, and well-toned chin.

Kybella is not surgical and only minimally invasive as it requires an injection. There’s little to no downtime required after a treatment like this one. It is a prescription treatment and you will have to have your body professionally examined in order to be deemed a good candidate.

Kybella contains deoxycholic acid as the main active ingredient. This is found naturally in the human body and is known to help in the breakdown as well as the absorption of dietary fat. When Kybella is injected into the Submental Fat beneath the chin, it works to destroy the fat cells there. This leads to a visible reduction in the fat below the chin.

As the fullness reduces, it’ll lead to a more toned facial aesthetic. Once the fat cells are completely destroyed, you won’t have to worry about them growing to the point where your double chin will return. As long as you maintain a healthy weight with no significant fluctuations, you’ll experience permanent results.

At Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mirwat Sami will customize your Kybella treatment to suit your specific requirements. During a consultation, she can help determine if you would make a good candidate for the procedure and provide you with more details about the process, such as how many sessions you’ll require and any after-care instructions you will have to follow.

The number of sessions will differ from person to person. In each session, multiple injections are given in the Submental area. These are small injections and not too painful. The entire process will be over in about half an hour.

After each session, you are likely to have some redness, numbness, swelling, and bruising under your chin. This is temporary and should soon fade away and heal with time.

Patients undergoing a treatment like this one should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about what the Kybella treatment can do. Everyone’s body is different and one end result won’t be the same as someone else’s.

Contact Our Office

Dr. Mirwat Sami can help you get rid of submental fat and redefine your facial features with a kybella treatment. If you’re interested in learning more about the treatment, contact Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation today!

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