WHAT IS KYBELLA?
Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable cosmetic treatment for eliminating excess fat beneath the chin. This Kybella treatment can remove the fat responsible for a double chin without surgery and without pain. When diet and exercise aren’t enough to reach aesthetic goals, this treatment is perfect for patients who want to have a leaner, more youthful appearance.
BENEFITS OF KYBELLA
This Kybella treatment has many benefits that appeal to patients. The main benefit of this treatment is the ability to reach your ideal appearance goals. One of the golden standards in beauty is a sharply defined jawline, but excess fat beneath the chin can mean that achieving that standard is nearly impossible.
This Kybella treatment makes that impossible standard a goal that is possible to reach. Other benefits of this treatment include:
This is an FDA approved injectable treatment, which means the FDA has deemed the treatment safe through meticulous scientific testing and clinical trials.
Both cosmetic and medical treatments must reach FDA approval to be used for patients, so you can be sure that any treatment approved by the FDA is the epitome of safe. This treatment is also the only FDA approved injectable that can be used to eliminate fat on the chin and neck, so this treatment is also unique.
As a rule of thumb, injectable treatments are considered minimally invasive because they only use a needle. Minimally invasive treatments require no incisions, no stitches, and no bandaging.
The thin needle used for this treatment breaches the skin in only one or two targeted areas to eliminate unwanted fat. Minimally invasive treatments such as this one are quick, easy, and come with very few risks for side effects.
Long Lasting Results
Forget about masking a double chin with clever hair styles, statement necklaces, and clothing. With this Kybella treatment, you can find a permanent solution for your under-chin fat. Other treatments for double chin usually only last for a short amount of time: even surgical solutions like liposuction.
With this treatment, you can entirely erase under-chin fat for several years at a time, making this treatment a semi-permanent solution for many patients.
What to Expect Before, During, and After Kybella Treatment
Curious about what you should expect for this treatment? While we will discuss the treatment in detail at your appointment, some patients like to know what they should expect before they come to our clinic.
Your first appointment is an initial consultation during which we will gather important information about you. We will discuss each aspect of your aesthetic goals, including those not related to this treatment. We will examine the condition of your skin, paying close attention to the severity of unwanted fat beneath your chin.
We will also ask about your general medical history, any current medical issues you have, including current medications and drug allergies, as well as any cosmetic treatments you have had in the past. At your consultation, we may determine that a different treatment is better suited to your needs, such as plastic surgery.
Our goal is to give every patient the treatment that will be most successful and produce the best results. Our treatment recommendations are made with your best interests and aesthetic goals in mind.
There are several instructions you will be asked to follow before your Kybella treatment appointment. These instructions will ensure that your treatment is as safe and successful as possible.
It is important to follow each of these instructions to limit side effects, such as swelling or bruising. Some pre-treatment guidelines include:
Stop taking certain over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin, 3 to 7 days before treatment
Stop taking certain supplements, such as Vitamin A or E, 3 to 7 days before treatment
Avoid using tobacco, alcohol, or caffeine 1 to 2 days before treatment
Avoid eating spicy foods and foods high in sugar or sodium 1 to 2 days before treatment
Scheduling of your treatment appointment should be done 2 to 3 weeks before any special events. We also ask that you reschedule your treatment appointment if you develop a cold, flu, or rash at the treatment area.
STEP ONE: CLEANSE AND NUMB
While we may ask you to arrive at your treatment appointment with a clean face, we will still clean your skin of any excess dirt, oil, or make-up to prepare for your treatment.
At patient request, we can discuss the use of topical anesthetics to numb the skin for the duration of your treatment. Your comfort is our top priority, so do not hesitate to speak up about using local numbing agents.
STEP TWO: INJECTIONS
Injections for this treatment are made with thin needles. You will have multiple small injections made into the area beneath your chin during each treatment session. The number of injections you have depends on your exact treatment plan and your desired appearance goals. Injections usually take 15 to 20 minutes to complete for each session.
After your injections, your treatment is complete. You will be given instructions to follow to help guide you through recovery and ensure that each treatment is as effective as possible. Some post-treatment guidelines include:
Avoid certain over-the-counter pain relieves, such as aspirin, for 3 to 7 days after treatment
Avoid certain supplements for 3 to 7 days after treatment
Avoid touching, rubbing, or massaging the treatment area
Avoid strenuous activity for 3 to 7 days after treatment
Avoid direct sun or heat exposure for 3 to 7 days after treatment
We may give you additional instructions to follow, such as drinking water and eating soft foods after treatment. We will advise you to sleep with your head elevated for at least 1 week after treatment. We will also advise on how to ice the treatment area for the next 24 hours.
Recovery from this treatment takes between 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, you can expect temporary swelling or bruising at the treatment area which will resolve itself in the days following your treatment.
During your recovery, you can take part in most of your normal daily activities, such as going to work. We schedule a follow-up appointment about 4 weeks after your treatment to determine your progress with the Kybella treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
With any unique cosmetic treatment comes frequently asked questions, including:
HOW DOES KYBELLA WORK?
The main active ingredient in this treatment is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is associated with the absorption of fat in the body.
Deoxycholic acid essentially melts fat off the body and disrupts the collecting of fat deposits. By injecting this substance directly into unwanted fat beneath the chin, we are able to eliminate the fat on a molecular level and prevent that fat from returning for a long time.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Most patients require a few rounds of Kybella treatment to achieve the desired appearance. We generally recommend patients have at least two or three treatment appointments, spaced about 4 weeks apart.
We may recommend additional treatment appointments if we determine you require additional injections to reach your aesthetic goals.
WHAT CAUSES DOUBLE CHIN?
Double chin is often caused by a genetic predisposition to store fat in the body, which is why it is frustrating that no amount of exercising or dieting can eliminate this fat.
Many patients notice that they have family members with double chins. Double chin can happen to anyone, including those at an ideal healthy weight for their body mass.
CAN KYBELLA BE USED ON STOMACH?
While this treatment was originally developed to eliminate a double chin, it can’t be used to address fat on the stomach. The deoxycholic acid in this injectable treatment works on fat in the chin area. If you are interested in using a treatment to eliminate body fat, please let us know at your consultation.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Many patients first notice results from this treatment after 12 to 8 weeks, or after at least two treatment sessions. Results show up more quickly depending on how well your body responds to the deoxycholic acid in the injection.
Some patients may see results much more quickly than other patients. We will help you determine how many treatments you need to see your desired results.
CAN KYBELLA BE COMBINED WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?
This is a treatment that can be combined with other treatments. If you are interested in combining this treatment with other cosmetic treatments, such as lasers, microneedling, chemical peels, or other facials, please let us know. We will help you create a treatment timeline to meet each of your aesthetic goals.
WHO ARE IDEAL CANDIDATES?
This treatment is a suitable alternative to surgical procedures to remove unwanted fat from the chin. Ideal candidates for this treatment include anyone who is not satisfied by the shape of their profile or the appearance of their jawline.
You may be an ideal candidate if you have:
Mild to moderate fullness beneath the chin
Minimal skin laxity on the upper neck
Good skin health and skin condition
It is important to note that this treatment is intended to melt fat from the body and is not appropriate for patients who have skin laxity on the neck. For patients with skin laxity, we may recommend other treatments, such as neck lift or other skin tightening treatments.