In a recent survey the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery 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 double chin. We are pleased to offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment for this, and invite you to learn more about the non-surgical option, Kybella®.
Kybella is an injectable treatment for submental and other small areas of fat fullness that essentially melts the unwanted fat. The key ingredient to this injectable is deoxycholic acid, a bile acid naturally secreted by the liver to dissolve fat in the GI Tract. Since you already have deoxycholic acid in your body, it is safe to insert small amounts into the fat under your chin or other areas. 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 skin. Kybella® does not tighten excessively loose skin. It just breaks down fat so the under the chin or other area looks more defined or flatter.?Treatment involves marking the area with a “grid-map.” This enables us to precisely target the fat with the correct amount of Kybella®. 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 6-8 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 and occurred mainly when non-surgeons administered the product. Both always resolved within a short time. Most often, the side effects that occur include those that are similar to other injectable treatments including 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. However, liposuction of small areas like those under the chin is also a very easy procedure that requires only one treatment under local anesthesia in the office and has as rapid a recovery as Kybella injection.
Have questions about Kybella treatment? Call our office for personal assistance.