A well-defined chin and jawline is one of the most desirable facial features for men and women. In the past, someone with a double chin caused by stubborn fat needed liposuction to reduce it. That has changed with the FDA approval of Kybella. This medication is a breakthrough non-surgical treatment that can significantly reduce the appearance of a double chin with just a series of injections.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella is a non-surgical alternative to fat reduction in the neck for people who don’t want an invasive procedure such as liposuction. Submental fat is often the result of genetics or aging, in addition to weight gain, and resists diet and exercise.
Fat cells under the chin are injected with Kybella, and then they rupture and are destroyed. Kybella is formulated using deoxycholic acid, a chemical that’s naturally produced by the body to help dissolve and absorb excess fat. It’s ideal for contouring the area under the chin. Fat destroyed after the injections is flushed from the body naturally, resulting in a gradual shedding of excess fat that causes a double chin.
Your Kybella Treatment
We customize your treatment plan during your consultation based on how much submental fat you have and your aesthetic goals. Each treatment session involves a series of injections, which follow a grid pattern that is marked on the treatment area before the procedure starts. The number of injections varies from patient to patient. Up to 50 may be made during a single treatment.
Planning Your Treatment
Kybella injections are administered are based on your goals. A topical anesthetic helps you remain comfortable during treatments. Between 3 and 6 sessions may be needed to get optimal results. We space the appointments 4 weeks apart, and you likely will begin seeing results within 30 days of your first treatment. Additional improvements follow each treatment.
Because the fat cells injected with Kybella are destroyed and flushed from the body, the results are permanent. If you gain a moderate amount of weight, fat will be stored in cells in other parts of the face and body. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of Kybella. The most common side effects are bruising, swelling, redness, numbness, and small areas of firmness in the treatment area.