Learn About Kybella
Kybella is an injectable that treats submental fullness, also known as a “double chin.” Fun fact: The area below your chin is a natural area for excess fat cells to collect. This can develop due to weight gain, aging or genetics.
Double chins can be frustrating trouble spots for many men and women because they are often tough to get rid of with a healthy diet and exercise.
Individuals who want to get rid of their chin with cosmetic treatments often wish to remove the unwanted fat to achieve a sculpted jawline and smoother profile.
How Does Kybella Work?
The Kybella injection is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body that breaks down dietary fat.
The deoxycholic acid used in Kybella comes from a non-human/non-animal source. Kybella is FDA approved and is used for both men and women.
Kybella is the only FDA-approved submental fat injectable on the market and should only be used to treat the chin area.
Kybella is a permanent treatment to target unwanted fat deposits under your chin by killing off fat cells. When the cells are dead, they are eliminated as waste through natural processes of excretion.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Kybella?
Almost anyone with submental fat can safely get Kybella injections, but we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Peterson before your procedure to determine if you are qualified.
During your consultation, Dr. Peterson will examine the site and go over your medical history to create a targeted treatment plan for you that will yield the best results.
Kybella is a treatment for healthy adults. Be sure to tell Dr. Peterson about any injuries, treatments or surgeries you have had in the chin area as well.
What Happens During Kybella Treatment?
After your consultation, Dr. Peterson will administer the Kybella injections. There is no need for anesthesia before your procedure, which helps reduce complications and allows you to go home after your treatment.
Dr. Peterson is highly trained in administering Kybella injections and understands the placement, depth and correct technique required.
Men should arrive at their appointment clean-shaven. At the office, your chin and neck will be washed thoroughly before your injections. Then, Dr. Peterson will mark the treatment area.
The treatment area will be numbed before your procedure to keep you comfortable during your injection.
Kybella injections take about 30 to 45 minutes in the office.
We recommend that you stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and supplements, including Omega 3s, fish oil, flaxseed, garlic-based supplements and vitamin E, before your treatment.
Number of Kybella Treatments
The number of treatment sessions needed varies from patient to patient; Some clients who undergo Kybella treatments are pleased with their appearance after one injection session, while others need more.
Some studies have found that more than half of Kybella cosmetic procedure patients need six full treatment sessions to get the look they want.
Talk to Dr. Peterson about your goals for treatment and an idea of how many treatments you will need to achieve the look you desire.
Seeing Results of Kybella
In most cases, the results of your single Kybella treatment begin to show between four and six weeks after your first session.
Recovery Time After Kybella
There is little to no downtime when you receive these treatments, and you will have little to no pain after your procedure.
Most individuals return to their normal routines quickly after getting their injections.
Some common side effects after treatment for submental fullness include swelling, redness and bruising.
Is Kybella Permanent?
As Kybella contains deoxycholic acid, it causes fat cells to die; therefore, they can no longer store fat and it is permanently removed from your body.
However, new fat cells can develop if you gain significant weight, causing your double chin to reappear.
If you want to eliminate your double chin and achieve a more sculpted appearance, call Dr. Peterson today to schedule an appointment.
Can Kybella Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Yes! Kybella can be combined with other treatments to help correct skin laxity issues caused by changes in your skin elasticity as a result of fat deposits accumulating in the chin area. For excessive skin laxity, we can talk to you about surgical treatments. If you have only mild to moderate skin laxity, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive or non-invasive services.
Other Options for Facial Fat Removal
Liposuction is also an option for some individuals who want to get rid of unwanted fat from their chin or jawline. Liposuction targets unwanted fat by sucking it out of your body, eliminating it permanently.
Liposuction is an excellent fat-treatment option for the neck and other parts of the body when areas of stubborn fat will not budge despite a healthy diet and exercise.
We’d love to talk to you about Kybella for treatment of fat under the chin and our other minimally invasive injectable options, liposuction and other services to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Call us today to schedule a consultation.