You may be able to reduce a double chin through exercise. However, the results you get will depend on factors that may be out of your control, such as genetic predisposition. Even if you are committed to working out, following a proper diet, or doing specialty exercises targeting the chin and neck, you may not see significant improvement. This limitation is one of the major reasons that Walnut Creek patients choose treatment with KYBELLA®, an injectable solution that can eliminate a double chin permanently.
What Causes a Double Chin?
You may already know that weight gain can result from eating more calories than you burn off through daily activity or exercise. As a result, your body may store the excess sugar in your food as body fat.
Your neck has two natural layers for storing this fat, which are separated by a muscle. The upper layer of fat (the “superficial” or “submental” layer) is the one that tends to cause the appearance of a double chin. Another term for this is “submental fullness.”
Getting rid of a double chin is one of the most common aesthetic goals, both among Dr. Manios’s Walnut Creek patients and among the U.S. population at large. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery conducted a survey in which 68% of participants felt that excess fat below their chin was a major cosmetic concern.
For some people, exercise can slim down this area of fat. For others, working out may reduce fat throughout their body but not beneath their chin. KYBELLA can help in both cases and is FDA-approved to destroy the fat cells that cause submental fullness.
Can Exercise After KYBELLA Improve My Results?
Dr. Manios’s approach with KYBELLA includes two appointments that focus on debulking fat beneath the chin. Walnut Creek patients can expect to see up to a 60% reduction of submental fat from these treatments. He typically follows these appointments with two additional series of injections, which help to fine-tune and revise the results.
With this degree of improvement, most of his patients don’t require additional fat reduction. The cells that KYBELLA destroys are gone for good and will not grow back. That said, you should continue to exercise and to follow a proper diet to maintain the benefits of your treatment.
Post-Care Instructions for KYBELLA
Dr. Manios provides his Walnut Creek patients with post-treatment guidelines to promote the most comfortable experience and effective outcome possible. One of the instructions he shares is to not exercise immediately after receiving KYBELLA injections.
Treatment with KYBELLA creates an inflammatory response beneath the chin. While you can expect some swelling as the injectable solution goes to work, exercise during this time can lead to more significant and uncomfortable swelling, particularly if you work out after your first treatment.
Dr. Manios recommends that you wait for about three days after KYBELLA injections to exercise. This will give your body time to recover and to reduce the localized inflammation. As with all aesthetic procedures that Dr. Manios offers, feel free to contact him at any point after your visit with questions.
If exercise isn’t getting you the results you want, you may be a good candidate for KYBELLA. Walnut Creek patients can schedule an appointment with Dr. Manios online or by phone at (925) 989-6560.