Tightening Up My Chinny-Chin-Chin with Kybella
November 26th, 2018
The holidays are here, and with them a plethora of opportunities to be photographed. Although I have spent the better part of the last five years “faux modeling” for a variety of brands, retailers and my personal blog, I have never really felt comfortable in front of the camera.
For years it was my nose. I have had a hate-hate relationship with my nose since the first time I looked in a mirror. I’ve debated rhinosplasty for decades now but there’s some little voice inside of me that keeps telling me “no.” There was never any such voice, however, when it comes to the other reason I disliked being photographed — my chin.
No matter my weight, I have always had extra skin around my chin and jawline. It drove me crazy. I refused to be photographed in profile and — gasp! — if I dared to lower my chin, it was another photo in the deleted folder. Ugh!
Then I heard about Kybella. An in-office treatment for submental fullness or “double chin,” Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment to improve the appearance of fullness under the chin. Kybella destroys fat cells with the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat — which means once you achieve your desired results (typically after two-to-four treatments), the fat will not return.
And after chatting with my friend Melissa Egan, Spa Manager at The Spa at Plastic Surgery Associates in Waukesha, I was ready to try it for myself. The Spa at PSA (along with Bare Beauty) is my go-to spot for Botox, and also where I had my breast lift/augmentation. Melissa was my nurse during that procedure, and I trust her completely.
When we met, she took a look at my chin and talked about what the procedure would entail — essentially several injections into my chin/neck area and jawline. We decide two treatments would be best for me (three is the norm) because I don’t have a lot of extra skin, just enough hereditary fat to give the appearance of a small double chin.
After marking up the area (essentially creating a map as to where to inject) and administering a numbing cream, she got to work. The needle going in wasn’t that painful (I do get Botox, after all!). The most painful part, however, is Kybella starts to burn once injected (that means it’s working, woo hoo!). It’s an odd pain — Melissa described it as similar to menstrual cramping — and that was an excellent way to put it! Luckily, I had mini ice packs to place over each injection, and she would break so I would have time to apply it. I had my procedure done in the morning, and by the afternoon I had very little pain. In fact, I never even took an Advil — I just iced a lot. Like, a lot lot.
The next day after the procedure, and for about 10 days after that, my chin got larger. In fact, I looked like a puffer fish (which was SUPER attractive, lol!). In addition to swelling, the area also felt very loose. Melissa had explained this was all normal and it would take a while for the swelling to go down (it took about a week to return to normal for me; it takes at least six weeks to see full results). A few months later, I returned for round two. Today, I am fully healed and ready to show off my new, beautiful, defined jawline!
Although the difference is fairly minimal, it is EVERYTHING to me. In fact, I told Melissa when I went in for my final consultation that for the first time in my life I am happy to be photographed in profile.
Kybella treatments start at $500 for one vial (most people will need four vials, so except around $2,000.) I truly believe the self-confidence I have gained during this process is worth every penny. If you want to try it for yourself, check out thespaatpsa.com. I adore the team at PSA, and recommend them for any cosmetic procedure. Like any medical procedure, it’s vital to talk through all the pros and cons with your nurse and make an educated decision based on that consultation.
Have more questions about the experience? Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to answer as best as I can!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for The Spa at PSA. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. xo