In a recent survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, it was found that 68% of study participants felt concerned about their double chin. In the same study, only 3% of participants reported feeling self-conscious about fine lines and wrinkles. Clearly, there is a need for effective treatment for submental fullness, or a double chin. We are pleased to offer that treatment, and invite you to learn more about Kybella.
Kybella is a professional treatment for submental fullness that is conducted by trained medical personnel. The key ingredient to this injectible is deoxycholic acid. You already have deoxycholic acid in your body, so it is safe to insert small amounts into your chin and neck. What this acid does is enable the breakdown of fat in the body. In clinical trials, injections of deoxycholic acid proved an efficient way to target unwanted, stubborn fat cells in a small, localized area.
Prior to Kybella treatment, a thorough consultation and assessment are performed. Most people are good candidates, although it is important to look at the skin in order to ensure that minimizing fat in the area will not result in sagging or drooping. Kybella is not intended to tighten excessively loose skin; just to break down fat so the chin can look more defined.
Treatment for submental fullness involves marking the chin and neck with a “plot-map.” This enables us to reach the fullest extent of fat. Injections are completed in a short office visit, after which most normal activities can be resumed.
Some patients can see their desired result from one treatment session. However, multiple sessions scheduled weeks apart may be necessary for optimal fat-reduction. The proposed number of treatments is discussed during the consultation visit.
Because the deoxycholic acid in Kybella is an all natural substance that is NOT derived from animal sources, there is very little risk for allergic reaction associated with treatment. Also, two substantial clinical trials were conducted before FDA approval was gained. The most concerning possible side effects listed for this treatment include difficulty swallowing and muscle weakness in the face which can affect the appearance of the smile. These are quite rare. Most often, the side effects that occur include those that are similar to other injectible treatments. These include minor and temporary bruising, swelling, and redness.
Kybella is an easy treatment in terms of recovery. This is because all of the “action” tends to occur behind the scenes. You may expect:
Many patients find Kybella appealing primarily because it is non-surgical. With no anesthesia and no downtime, this double-chin treatment is simply more accessible than liposuction.
Have questions about Kybella treatment? Call our office for personal assistance.