A double chin isn’t flattering on anyone! Whether it is the result of genetics, aging or weight gain, most patients think it makes them appear older and heavier. It is often unresponsive to diet and exercise, and until recently, surgery was the only effective option. Now, a new medication eliminates fat under the chin and neck without surgery.
FDA-approved in 2015, Kybella is an injectable substance that dissolves excess fat under the chin. A completely non-invasive, in-office procedure, Kybella is administered by a plastic surgeon. Each treatment takes about ten minutes, during which time a series of injections are placed directly into the fatty area. Partial results are apparent after several weeks, and usually several treatments are necessary to achieve the optimum effect. The number of treatments and injections depends on the size of the double chin and the patient’s desired outcome.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella is a manufactured form of deoxycholic acid — a substance that naturally occurs in the human body and is used to emulsify fats. When Kybella is injected into neck fat, it breaks down fat cell membranes which leads to their destruction and metabolic absorption by the body. The fat disappears, permanently, and the neck achieves a more attractive contour.
Photographs courtesy of Allergan/Kybella
Benefits Of Kybella
Kybella is completely non-surgical, so it causes less pain, requires less recovery, and leaves no scar when compared to liposuction. Possible side effects include bruising, swelling, and numbness around the injection site. Most patients are thrilled with their results, and afterward report looking younger and feeling more confident.
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Interested in Kybella treatment? Contact Donaldson Plastic Surgery to schedule your personal consultation today!