Looking for an unconventional way to celebrate the upcoming holiday of love? How about a cosmetic procedure for two? One of the most popular procedures for couples this year promises to be the latest innovation in eliminating the dreaded double chin – a bane for men and women alike. Simple injections can now melt away submental fat under the chin, giving you a sleeker, more youthful facial profile. Is Kybella the procedure you both want this Valentine’s Day?

What is Submental Fat?
Submental fat is the isolated area of fat directly underneath the chin. Over time, this area can enlarge, giving you a double chin look. The problem, which can be due to heredity, weight gain and the aging process can make both men and women look heavier and older. It is one of the top cosmetic concerns for adults, particularly in the middle to later years of life. In fact, more than two-thirds of people admit they are bothered by a double chin, according to the Kybella website.

Unfortunately, submental fat does not respond to diet and exercise. In the past, the only way to remove the double chin look was through surgical lift procedures. However, those procedures meant anesthesia, incisions and a recovery period to heal from surgery. Often, it was a bigger commitment than many men and women were willing to make.

What is Kybella?
Now, an injectable medication known as Kybella can melt away pockets of fat underneath the chin without the need for surgery. Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a substance naturally produced by the body to aid in fat absorption. When it is injected directly into submental fat, the substance effectively melts the fat cells away and creates a smoother, more defined jawline.

How it Works
Patients that undergo Kybella treatments will receive multiple small injections in the area underneath the skin. Topical numbing cream can be used prior to the procedure to ensure patient comfort throughout treatment. The injections typically take just a few minutes to complete.

After the procedure, patients are able to return to regular activities. It is not unusual to experience some swelling with Kybella injections, which typically subsides within 2-3 days. Discomfort after the procedure is minimal and can be managed with oral pain medication, if necessary.

Long-Lasting Results
Because Kybella completely destroys fat cells in the area, the results of this procedure are long-lasting. This appears to be true even for patients that gain weight following the procedure. However, over time, the effects of age and gravity may affect the jawline once again and necessitate additional cosmetic procedures to maintain positive results. In some cases, the changes may be due more to skin laxity than fat accumulation, which can be addressed through other types of cosmetic treatments.

Booking Your Treatment

If Kybella injections sound like the perfect way for you and your special someone to celebrate the upcoming holiday, now is the time to book your treatments. New York Group for Plastic Surgery offers Kybella treatments at all four of its New York offices. Contact us today at 800-433-7410 (New York City), 914-366-6139 (Tarrytown) or 845-294-2018 (Goshen).