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Fat Reduction in Charleston, SC | Réforme Dermatology

What Is a Fat Reduction?

There is a common misconception about the double chin, also known as submental fullness, that is primarily due to a person being overweight. In truth, a person can be a perfectly healthy weight and still have stubborn chin fat. Unfortunately, there aren’t any at-home remedies for a double chin. If you are looking for a way to eliminate small despots of fat without surgery, Kybella® injections at Réforme Dermatology & Aesthetics in Charleston, SC, may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable solution composed of synthetic deoxycholic acid, a compound found naturally in the body that breaks down fat cells in the targeted area. When administered into the fat, Kybella® gets to work immediately, destroying the fat cells so that the body can eliminate them naturally. After just a few short weeks, patients are left with a more contoured chin and jawline that takes years and weight off of their face. Often, several rounds of treatment are recommended.

Are you interested in fat reduction treatments in Mount Pleasant, Johns Island, Daniel Island, James Island, and the greater Charleston area? Learn more about Kybella Injections in Mount Pleasant by contacting our office today!

What Can Cause A Double Chin?

The most typical causes of submental fullness include weight gain, genetics, and aging. Weight gain is the most common culprit for the development of a double chin, but losing excess weight does not guarantee the elimination of submental fullness. The reason for this may contribute to genetics. If a double chin runs in the family, weight loss will not be able to eliminate it fully. Additionally, age is another factor. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and muscle mass, resulting in fullness along the jaw and chin.

Before the development of Kybella®, the only way to remove stubborn chin fat was through liposuction or a surgical neck lift. Now, Kybella® offers a non-surgical way to eliminate your double chin in as little as a few office visits. 

What Is The Power Behind Kybella?

Kybella® is composed of the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, a substance that breaks down fat cells. Once they are destroyed, they cannot return, meaning results are permanent. The deoxycholic acid in Kybella® is synthetic and safely produced in a laboratory environment. When the acid is strategically injected into the treatment area, it starts to break down the cell membranes and destroy the targeted fat cells. The body will then metabolize these damaged cells and eliminate them through a natural process. The removal of excess submental fat enhances the appearance of an aging neck and improves the chin and jawline for a more aesthetic profile.

What Are the Benefits of Kybella For Fat Reduction in Charleston, SC?

Kybella® injections offer a number of benefits over other fat reduction methods, including:

  • Eliminate small deposits of fat without surgery
  • Safe and successful treatments
  • Quick treatments with minimal downtime
  • Long-lasting results
  • Tailored treatments for individual needs and goals

Are You A Good Candidate For Kybella?

During your appointment at Réforme Dermatology & Aesthetics, an expert injector will evaluate your skin and determine whether you are a good candidate for Kybella® treatments. Patients must be 18 years or older to start treatments. Your injector will review your medical history, discuss your aesthetic goals, and review any risks and benefits of treatments. Patients with a history of skin infections, difficulty swallowing, excessive skin laxity, or prominent neck bands may not be good candidates for Kybella® treatments. 

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Explore the fully customizable and transformative dermatological treatments with double board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Gabriella Vasile, who combines her extensive knowledge of skin health with her passion for finding innovative reparative and preventative treatments. Dr. Vasile’s collaborative, personalized approach to skin health and vitality meets the specific needs of her patients by utilizing state-of-the-art technology, science-based skincare products, and peer and patient-reviewed techniques and treatments. 

With a keen aesthetic eye and precision, Dr. Vasile creates balanced and natural results for a variety of aging and skin-related concerns while prioritizing patient comfort and safety. Schedule your consultation today and experience a self-esteem boost with beautiful, healthy, vibrant skin.

How Many Treatments Of Kybella Will You Need?

After evaluating your profile and the degree of submental fat you would like to target, your injector will determine the appropriate quantity of sessions you will need and design a treatment plan around your goals.The amount of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. Many patients experience results with 2-3 treatments of Kybella®, while some see results after just one treatment.

It’s important to mention that results from Kybella® are not immediate and will take time for the fat to be destroyed. You’ll have follow-up treatment with your injector to evaluate your results. When the desired effects have been achieved, no further treatment will be necessary, and you can enjoy your permanent results.

How Are Kybella Treatments Performed in Charleston, SC?

Treatment begins with the area being thoroughly cleansed and prepared. Your injector will mark the injection points with a surgical pen for precision placement of Kybella®. Then, a topical numbing agent will be applied to ensure your comfort.

Once the treatment area is fully prepared, your Kybella® administer will begin injecting a small amount of Kybella® into the marked injection points using a fine needle. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. After treatment, patients are advised to apply ice or a cold pack to the treated area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time to help reduce swelling and bruising.

After treatment, patients are free to return to their normal activities with the exclusion of vigorous exercise. Allow 24 hours to pass before engaging in strenuous activities to allow Kybella® to fully take effect and reduce any chance of complications or infections.

Are There Any Side Effects With Kybella?

Common side effects of Kybella® include swelling, bruising, redness, irritation, and tenderness. Swelling and bruising may last for about a week. Any redness, irritation, or tenderness should resolve itself after 24 to 48 hours. Since deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance, any adverse side effects like allergic reactions or rejection of the injections are uncommon. If you notice swelling and irritation persist or become worse, don’t hesitate to contact us for a follow-up appointment.

Can Kybella Be Combined With Other Treatments?

If your aesthetic concerns expand past submental fullness to facial lines and wrinkles or lost volume, Kybella® can be combined with other non-invasive treatments for more comprehensive results. Various dermal fillers and other cosmetic injectables, such as Botox®, are often used to treat a variety of facial areas. Injectable neurotoxins, like Botox®, work to smooth fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles.

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected just below the surface of the skin to provide volume and support.  While these cosmetic injectables provide outstanding anti-aging benefits on their own, when combined with each other, they can provide personalized results that refresh and enhance the appearance.

Why Choose Dr. Gabriella Vasile For Your Fat Reduction Treatment?

Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon Dr. Gabriella Vasile has dedicated her practice to providing her patients with a welcoming, accepting, and non-judgemental dermatologic experience. Through careful research, clinical studies, and extensive training, she focuses on providing innovative treatments in preventative, regenerative, and integrative medicine. Continuing her family’s medical legacy, Dr. Vasile strives to build lasting bonds and relationships with all of her patients, helping them to see their aesthetic and medical goals come to fruition.

If you’re considering Kybella® for fat reduction, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon Dr. Gabriella Vasile. To get started, contact Réforme today by calling (843) 974-1230 or completing our online form. Dr. Vasile looks forward to caring for you soon!

FAQs: Fat Reduction Treatments at Reforme Dermatology & Aesthetics

After evaluating your profile and the degree of submental fat you would like to target, your injector will determine the appropriate quantity of sessions you will need and design a treatment plan around your goals.The amount of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. Many patients experience results with 2-3 treatments of Kybella®, while some see results after just one treatment.

It’s important to mention that results from Kybella® are not immediate and will take time for the fat to be destroyed. You’ll have follow-up treatment with your injector to evaluate your results. When the desired effects have been achieved, no further treatment will be necessary, and you can enjoy your permanent results.

Common side effects of Kybella® include swelling, bruising, redness, irritation, and tenderness. Swelling and bruising may last for about a week. Any redness, irritation, or tenderness should resolve itself after 24 to 48 hours. Since deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance, any adverse side effects like allergic reactions or rejection of the injections are uncommon. If you notice swelling and irritation persist or become worse, don’t hesitate to contact Réforme Dermatology for a follow-up consultation.

If your aesthetic concerns expand past submental fullness to facial lines and wrinkles or lost volume, Kybella® can be combined with other non-invasive treatments for more comprehensive results. 

Various dermal fillers and other cosmetic injectables, such as Botox®, are often used to treat a variety of facial areas. Injectable neurotoxins, like Botox®, work to smooth fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles.

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected just below the surface of the skin to provide volume and support. 

While these cosmetic injectables provide outstanding anti-aging benefits on their own, when combined with each other, they can provide personalized results that refresh and enhance the appearance.