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There are many places on the body where fat can accumulate, but only a few ways to get rid of it from where it's not wanted, such as below the chin. Dieting and exercise work, but sometimes only to a certain point, slimming down certain areas, but leaving others untouched. Liposuction is another option, physically removing fat from the body, but not everyone wants to undergo surgery and deal with its associated recovery period. Fortunately, there's an effective way to remove stubborn submental fat with minimal effort and little to no subsequent downtime: Kybella. Grand Rapids' Bengtson Center now offers the injectable cosmetic, approved by the FDA as a double chin treatment.

Patients interested in Kybella should note that Dr. Brad Bengtson was among the first to offer it in West Michigan. The Bengtson Center is always seeking to promote beauty and health through the latest technological and medical breakthroughs and advances, providing current and safe treatments and procedures that deliver consistent, noticeable results.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is a prescription cosmetic, made up of deoxycholic acid. That chemical is found naturally in the human body, where it helps to break down fat as a part of everyday dietary processes. The active molecule serves much the same function in Kybella, which, once injected under the chin, specifically targets the fat cells there to destroy them and send the released fat to be absorbed.

Since the submental fat cells are removed through destruction, not just shrunk, they can no longer accumulate new fat, making this an effective method for a long-term change. No re-treatment is expected to be necessary.

What Causes Submental Fullness?

The problem of a double chin isn't tied to one particular cause. Men and women alike can develop submental fullness as they gain weight due to diet, lack of exercise, and other conditions. It may also appear because of genetics or as a result of physical changes chalked up to natural aging.

No matter the cause of the double chin, Kybella can reduce unwanted fat cells.

How Will Kybella Be Administered?

Every Kybella treatment has its beginning in a consultation, at which the doctor will discuss your aesthetic goals and develop an agreed-upon plan to help you achieve them. A simple exploration of the submental area will reveal whether there's indeed enough fat there for the treatment to be effective.

The injection process itself takes 20 to 30 minutes, and the overall treatment regimen may involve two to four sessions, each spaced about a month apart, though some patients have completed six sessions. Patients who receive Kybella report only minimal discomfort and post-treatment pain. Most people return to their typical daily activities, including work, just a day or two after their treatment. There are no particular aftercare instructions for Kybella patients, beyond taking good care of yourself and watching as any swelling or bruising fade.

Results should be noticeable within weeks, with the fat reduction becoming increasingly apparent as treatments continue.

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