Target Your Double Chin in Thousand Oaks
One of the areas where people first begin to show signs of aging or carry a little extra volume is just beneath the chin. The condition is often referred to as a “double chin”—an unwelcome sight for many when they see photos of themselves or their own reflections. With the FDA approved Kybella® at Thousand Oaks’ Pierre Skin Care Institute, Dr. Peterson Pierre can slim the area down with nothing more than carefully positioned injections.
How Do Kybella® Treatments Work?
Adults seeking to lose weight—for health or aesthetic reasons—often cut out certain foods, eat less, and up their exercise routines in order to create a calorie deficit. When these lifestyle changes are successful, they can provide a host of benefits, including a slimmer physique. That said, diet and exercise can’t be used to target a specific bulky area, such as a double chin.
In addition, adults who lose weight do not actually lose fat cells. Instead, fat cells in the body shrink—and you can’t control which fat cells get smaller.
In addition, because you still have the same number of fat cells as you did before your diet, they can grow again if given the calories.
These qualities of fat cells explain why double chins are so difficult to get rid of. They also can give you a better understanding of how Kybella® works.
Instead of reducing the size of fat cells, Kybella® causes them to break down. The active ingredient in every Kybella® injection is a modified form of deoxycholic acid, which the human body makes to break down fats you eat. When deoxycholic acid encounters a fat cell, it disrupts the membrane that holds the cell together, effectively killing the cell.
Through natural “housekeeping” processes, the body cleans up these dead cells and gets rid of the waste. The result is fewer fat cells below the chin, creating a slimmer profile and more defined jawline.
Because the cells are broken down, they can’t store more fat in the future. This leads to long-term results.
What Can Kybella® Treat?
The FDA approved Kybella® specifically for reducing moderate to severe fat that causes a double chin. Dr. Pierre can also use the injectable for “off-label” applications to treat small, isolated pockets of fat elsewhere on the body. Off-label treatments are common and allowed, but should only be performed by medical professionals with significant experience in the specific product and a thorough knowledge of anatomy.
How Is Kybella® Administered?
Dr. Pierre injects small amounts of Kybella® directly into the area below the chin, carefully positioning each injection with precision to ensure even, natural-looking results.
This is an outpatient procedure, which means patients can go home or back to their daily tasks and routines as soon as their injection session is finished.
Why Choose Pierre Skin Care Institute for Kybella® in Thousand Oaks?
Pierre Skin Care Institute was one of the first practices in the Thousand Oaks area to offer Kybella® after its FDA approval. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Peterson Pierre begins each treatment process with an individualized consultation that allows him to determine the suitability of any plan for addressing specific patient concerns, as well as the expected necessary number of appointments.
With a commitment to patient safety and actual results, Dr. Pierre ensures that every treatment he offers is well studied, is thoroughly tested, and has an excellent track record.
Dr. Peterson Pierre
As a Stanford Medical School graduate and dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Peterson Pierre ("the Gentle Injector") is a highly respected leader in the industry with a reputation for exceeding patient expectations.
How Soon Are Kybella® Treatment Results Visible and How Long Do They Last?
The natural fat breakdown process is gradual, so you can expect a noticeable reduction in a double chin at about four to six weeks after a treatment session. To achieve desired results, treatment plans range from two to six sessions, with a minimum of one month between treatments.
Since the treated cells are gone and can never hold fat again, Kybella® is a particularly desirable therapy for many people because, once the course of treatment is complete, retreatment is normally not required.
It is important to continue to eat healthy and get regular exercise in order to maintain ideal results. Remaining fat cells in the under-chin or “submental” area—and elsewhere—can grow larger again in the right conditions.
What Kybella® Treatment Side Effects Can Be Expected?
The side effects patients sometimes experience with Kybella® are what you might reasonably expect for any injectable treatment: bruising, discomfort, redness, and swelling. These are generally all localized to the treatment area and resolve with no intervention.
You can discuss other, less-common side effects at your consultation.
What Fat-Reduction Treatments Are Available Besides Kybella®?
Since Kybella® focuses strictly on double chins, patients who want to address pockets of stubborn fat in other areas can choose CoolSculpting®, which freezes fat cells to reduce volume on the belly, sides, and more.
Because submental fullness can be a result of excess skin in addition to fat, RF and ultrasound skin tightening treatments may help to create slimmer contours.
Patients are encouraged to share their cosmetic goals during their consultation at Pierre Skin Care Institute. After hearing the results they want and performing a physical examination, Dr. Pierre can lay out a personalized plan.