FDA approved, Kybella™ is a shot that dissolves fat under the chin. It is a safe and effective way to get rid of a double chin without surgery.
What is Kybella™?
Kybella™ is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, which is a substance that your body naturally produces to absorb fat. When Kybella™ is injected into subcutaneous fat (fat deposits), it destroys the fat cells membranes, causing them to burst. Once the fat cells have been destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat, and what remains of the fat cells are flushed out the body. Therefore, Kybella™ injections permanently get rid of the fat cells in the chin.
Many patients see visible improvements after just two to four treatments, spaced at least one month apart. Patients may have up to six treatments of Kybella™. The amount of Kybella™ injected during each treatment will be dependent upon how much fat needs to be dissolved. After examining you at your consultation, we will determine how many Kybella™ treatments you need to provide you with the best results possible.
Who is a candidate for Kybella™ injections?
The chin and neck frame the face and play a very important role in an individual’s overall appearance. Extra submental fat can therefore create an aged or over-weight appearance. Fat can accumulate around the chin and neck for a variety of reasons, including aging, genetics and weight gain.
- Aging is a very common cause of submental fullness. With age we see an accumulation of fat, laxity of the platysma muscle and ptosis of the underlying anatomy, which all lead to the appearance of a double chin.
- Genetics can predispose an individual to the development of submental fullness. We often see younger patients with extensive fat deposits and a recessed chin, which are purely a result of genetics. With age, their double chin becomes more and more pronounced.
- Weight gain may also contribute to the onset of a double chin. Moderate-to-drastic weight gain can increase the prominence of the submental fat pad.
After examining your submental fullness and listening to your aesthetic treatment goals, we will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to help you improve your chin profile.
In the past, the only treatment for an unwanted double chin was chin liposuction or a neck lift. Today, we are excited to offer non-surgical Kybella™ injections to get rid of a double chin. While the amount of injections varies from patient to patient, depending on their needs, the treatment itself is very quick and is very comparable to Botox or filler injections. You can even return to work or your daily activities immediately after the Kybella™ treatment. Since patients need multiple Kybella™ treatments, it will take approximately three to four months to see the final results of your treatment.
As with most cosmetic injectable treatments, you may experience some swelling and tenderness for a few days after the Kybella™ treatment. The use of painkillers and ice will help to reduce these mild side effects. Taking Arnica can also help reduce bruising and swelling after your Kybella™ treatments.