Stubborn fat below the chin can be difficult to remove without surgical intervention. However, now patients can effectively improve the appearance of their double chin with Kybella, a nonsurgical injectable.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is indicated for the nonsurgical treatment of fat deposits under the chin- the submental region- also referred to as the “double chin”.

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for targeting stubborn fat below the chin. Kybella contains synthetic deoxycholic acid, a substance that aids in the breakdown of fat when absorbed. When Kybella is placed below the chin, the fat cells are destroyed resulting in reduced fullness.

Fat deposits under the chin can be associated with aging, your genetic pattern and gaining weight. Despite diet and exercise, the fat may not go away and can make you look older than your actual age. 68% of people said they are bothered by submental fullness, according to a survey conducted by The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Clearly, this is a common problem area for both men and women.

Who is a Candidate for Kybella?

Candidates for Kybella are those who experience stubborn fat below the chin that is affecting their appearance and confidence. The best candidates for Kybella will already be in their healthy weight range, but struggle to find relief from stubborn fat under the chin despite dieting and exercise. Kybella can only treat stubborn fat, so if patients experience a double chin or poor jawline due to skin laxity, this treatment might not be right for them. Patients often choose Kybella as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction below the chin.

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The Treatment Process

Prior to treatment with Kybella, the chin will be numbed with a topical anesthetic. Using a thin needle, Adley DaSilva will then place a small amount of Kybella below the skin under the chin. Several injections will be made depending on the severity of stubborn fat. This is a quick treatment process, taking about 15 minutes to complete. Patients typically require several spaced-out treatment sessions to achieve optimal results.

Kybella contours and improves the appearance of the fat under your chin and is the only injectable product that has been shown to reduce fat under the chin. Your fat begins to dissolve 15 minutes after your injections & once you complete your treatment, your fat is not expected to recur!

The active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring molecule already present in our digestive bile, helping us break down and eliminate fats we eat. Deoxycholic acid has been used for many years in Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve to treat stubborn areas of fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Kybella, synthetic deoxycholic acid, received FDA approval in June 2015 after scientific studies involving over one thousand patients convincingly showed that deoxycholic acid was safe and effective in treating moderate to severe fullness caused by fat deposits under the chin in adults.

79% of patients treated with Kybella reported satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin after completing the treatments. Patients reported improvement in self- perception, including feeling happier and younger, based on the chin profile, as well as feeling less embarrassed, less self-conscious, less overweight and less bothered with submental fullness after being treated with Kybella.

Recovery and Results

Kybella injections dissolve fat deposits and require a series of treatments, typically no less than 1 month apart. Depending on the amount of fat under your chin, you may need from 2-6 treatment sessions.

Kybella treatment enables you to have a more balanced appearance with an improved chin profile. Kybella also complements the anti-aging effects of neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport) and fillers (Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Juvederm UltraPlus and Juvederm Voluma) as well as Sculptra.

After treatment with Kybella, patients can expect some mild swelling, bruising, and numbness under the chin. Over the next several weeks, the fat cells will be destroyed and after multiple treatment sessions, patients can expect a reduction of stubborn fat under the chin and an improved jawline. Once optimal results are achieved, the improvements are long-lasting.

Benefits of Kybella

  • Quick, in office procedure
  • Satisfactorily treats submental fat- the “double chin” in most patients
  • High patient satisfaction
  • May avoid the need for surgery in some patients
  • Permanently removes fat in the treatment area
  • Complements Fillers and Botox
  • Creates more balance to your face and neck

Other Considerations for Kybella

  • Minimal discomfort is experienced immediately after the treatment
  • Swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness can occur in the treatment area
  • Swelling may last several weeks
  • Not a substitute for facelift surgery in patients who need this surgical procedure
  • Men usually require 3 sessions while most women need 2 sessions
  • Not indicated for women who are pregnant or nursing
  • Not FDA approved to treat fat in other areas

Your Consultation with Adley DaSilva

To determine if Kybella is right for you, a consultation with Adley DaSilva is required. Adley will discuss your concerns and develop your customized treatment plan. To get started, contact Cosmetica Plastic Surgery and Anti-Aging today.

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