08 Mar Deoxycholic Acid, the Active Ingredient in Kybella for Double Chins
If you struggle with a double chin, you’re not alone. It is a common condition and a treatable one. Spectrum Dermatology offers Kybella, a minimally invasive series of treatments, at all six of our Phoenix area locations including the newest centers in Glendale and Sun City West.
Double chins can happen to anyone, male or female, and you certainly do not need to be overweight to develop one. There are many factors that contribute to a double chin including genetics, a less prominent chin and jawline, and pockets of undesired fat that simply occur with age. Skin laxity below the chin may also be a factor. If you have both excess fat in this area and skin laxity, combining Kybella with a skin tightening treatment is a great way to achieve the results you want.
How Kybella Works
Kybella is a revolutionary treatment that requires a series (typically 3 – 6) of treatments spaced a few weeks apart. It involves injecting deoxycholic acid (DA) into the target site via a type of “stamp” (this means several needles are injected at once, making it a quick and easy procedure). But what exactly is deoxycholic acid, and is it safe? It is safe because it is synthesized naturally in the body, but let’s take a closer look at what exactly this active ingredient is.
Deoxycholic acid is also known as cholinic acid and it’s a type of bile acid. In fact, it’s part of the secondary bile acid family, which is made up of metabolic byproducts of the intestinal bacteria. DA is soluble in both acetic acid and alcohol, and in a pure form it looks like a light crystal powder.
Deoxycholic Acid in Medicine
DA has been used in medicine for many years in several ways. Naturally occurring, its role is to emulsify fats so they can be absorbed by the intestine. In other words, the inherent role of DA in Kybella is to permanently remove fat and send it to the intestines for a natural and safe elimination. In some countries, it was once used to also emulsify food. It is currently being experimented with to dissolve gallstones, though DA has not yet been approved for this purpose.
Of course, one of the most exciting discoveries about DA is how it can be used to target and remove unwanted fat. It produces what is called lipolysis, which is connected with the idea of “lipo”suction. In fact, Kybella and liposuction are two of just a handful of ways to remove fat from the body for good. This is why Kybella requires more than one treatment. It is impossible for anyone to estimate exactly how much Kybella is needed and where to treat to achieve optimal results with one treatment. Remember that once fat is gone with Kybella, those cells will never return. Kybella is designed to be both highly effective and conservative, allowing for customized results.
What to Expect with Kybella
DA dissolves the fat, which takes a little time. This is not liposuction, which immediately vacuums out the fat. However, it is considered preferable to liposuction because it is minimally invasive and non-surgical. There is no need for general anesthesia and there are no surgical risks. Kybella is also much more affordable than more aggressive options like liposuction.
With each round of treatment, your provider will inject the DA into the bottom of the chin with a specialized Kybella tool. The fat will dissolve during the weeks in between treatment, so you will definitely start to see results in between treatments one and two. Full results are typically revealed about 1 – 3 months after the final treatment.
How Fat Cells Work
Technically, when fat cells are dissolved with Kybella, those particular cells will never regenerate. However, weight gain can cause nearby cells to expand. Most patients are happy with the results of fat removal from below their chin with Kybella for several years, but bear in mind that weight gain can still occur and skin laxity can cause the appearance of a double chin as you age. However, there are always options including more Kybella (usually not needed for many years if at all), skin tightening treatments, or both.
Learn more about Kybella during a consultation. Connect with Spectrum Dermatology and book online today.