Double chin injections, also known as chin contouring or chin sculpting, are cosmetic procedures designed to reduce or eliminate excess fat under the chin, resulting in a more defined and contoured jawline. While surgical options like liposuction or chin augmentation can address a double chin, injections offer a non-surgical alternative.
There are different types of injections that can be used to treat a double chin:
- Kybella (deoxycholic acid): Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that contains synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the submental area (under the chin), Kybella destroys the fat cells, leading to a reduction in the appearance of a double chin. Multiple treatment sessions may be required, usually spaced a few weeks apart.
- Belkyra (known as Kybella in the United States): Belkyra is another injectable treatment that uses deoxycholic acid to target and destroy fat cells beneath the chin. Like Kybella, it requires multiple treatment sessions.
During the procedure, the area under the chin is cleaned and marked, and a series of injections are administered into the fat pad. Some discomfort or swelling may be experienced after the injections, but this typically subsides within a few days. Results gradually become noticeable as the body processes and eliminates the destroyed fat cells.
It’s important to consult with a qualified medical professional, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, who can assess your specific situation, discuss the potential risks and benefits, and recommend the most suitable treatment option for you. They can also provide information about the expected outcomes, recovery period, and any potential side effects associated with the procedure.