Kybella Treatment of Submental Fullness (Double Chin)
Submental fullness, also described as “double chin,” is a common problem. It is sometimes related to aging, may also be the result of weight gain, or is inherited. It usually does not disappear no matter how much you diet or exercise. For years the only effective treatment was surgery; either face and neck lift, or liposuction. We now have a simple, FDA-approved solution with Kybella. This submental fullness treatment is safe, non-invasive, highly effective and long lasting.
How does Kybella work to improve submental fullness?
Kybella treatment involves a series of tiny injections, and takes about 15 minutes. The active ingredient in the treatment is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. The treatment not only reduces submental fullness, but also visibly improves the contouring of the chin profile. After being treated with Kybella patients report improvement in self-perception, and nearly ninety percent of those treated are delighted with the results. Treatments are performed once every eight weeks until the desired effect is achieved. Most individuals require between two and four treatments. After injection into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella permanently destroys unwanted fat cells. Once removed, these cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic goal is achieved, retreatment is not expected.
What does the double-chin reduction procedure involve?
Kybella is given in a 15 minute in-office treatment. The area will first be cleansed and marked out. The Kybella injections are nearly painless. Dr. Laborde will inject Kybella into the area in 10 to 30 sites. After the injection, the area will feel warm and an ice pack will be applied. The benefit takes between four and eight weeks to appear. Slowly but surely, after a series of between 2 to 4 treatments, the striking benefit becomes very noticeable. The number of injections and the number of treatments is determined by how much submental fullness you have. We recommend applying an ice pack post procedure and to avoid strenuous exercise for the remainder of the day. Because swelling is not uncommon, it’s important to have at least one or two days free in your schedule after these treatments. Swelling may last 1 to 2 weeks but in most individuals it is mild and short lived.
How long does the result last?
Kybella results are durable and long-lasting, and retreatment after the treatment series is not expected. After each treatment fat is destroyed and does not reappear. But it takes a series of 2 to 4 treatments, performed once every eight weeks, to get a pleasing result.
Are there side effects?
Over 2000 subjects were enrolled in the FDA trials. Side effects of swelling, bruising, discomfort, numbness and tingling were the most common and usually lasted only a few days to a few weeks. All the side effects were mild and none were long-lasting.
How will I look after my Kybella treatment?
Immediately after treatment, you will experience some swelling, mild redness and occasionally some bruising. As fat cells are destroyed over 4 to 8 weeks, you will notice gradual reduction in submental fullness. Most patients see improvements after the first treatment, but a series of 2 to 4 injection sessions are needed to achieve the best possible long lasting results.