One of the most flattering things of a person’s profile is having a chiseled, defined chin. If you have excess fat under your chin or a double chin, then you may feel a bit self-conscious about your profile and overall appearance. But, unless you want to undergo surgery, you may think that you are stuck with your double chin. One thing that you may not realize is that you have another option to choose from including an injection called Kybella.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable that targets the dreaded double chin. Kybella® is made basically from deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in humans. In the body, deoxycholic acid aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected under the chin, Kybella’s deoxycholic acid does the same thing. This slims the patient’s profile. Kybella® is given in a series of up to six injection sessions.
What are the benefits of Kybella?
Double chins have always been very difficult to address. Exercises don’t remove the fat. Short of starvation, dietary changes don’t touch it. It’s been the job of surgery to remedy a double chin: neck lifts, facelifts, or liposuction. All are invasive procedures.
Kybella® doesn’t create any incisions. There are no scars. The procedure only takes a few minutes for each session. Kybella® gets rid of the fat without the invasiveness of the other options.
What areas can be treated with Kybella?
Kybella® has only received FDA approval for use in treating double chins. Thanks to the fat-destroying mechanism of Kybella’s deoxycholic acid, it’s assumed it will be approved for other areas in the coming years. It is being tested for other areas currently.
Who is a good candidate for Kybella injections?
Whether or not Kybella® is right for you depends on what’s going on under your chin. If your double chin is due to accumulated fat that is weighing down the skin, then Kybella® is perfect to go after that fat and slim your profile.
However, if your double chin is not due to fat but is more a case of sagging, loose skin, then Kybella® won’t help you. For these patients, a neck lift or lower facelift would be a better option, as those surgeries focus on removing excess sagging skin and tightening the area.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella® is a simple idea. It is basically deoxycholic acid. As mentioned above, in the body, deoxycholic acid helps break down dietary fat from the foods we eat. You can see where this is going. Deoxycholic acid doesn’t differentiate between fat that you eat or fat that has accumulated under your chin. When Kybella® is injected into the fat beneath your chin, it breaks down the fat cells, just as it does with ingested fat. Once these fat cells are destroyed, not only does your profile return to a much slimmer, tighter appearance, but the ability to store future fat in the area is diminished because the fat cells are gone. This means that your double chin is gone for good, as long as you don’t put on a bunch of weight down the road.
How Many People Have Been Treated With Kybella?
Kybella has been the central focus in over 20 clinical studies in which more than 1600 people were treated.
How long does it take to see results from Kybella?
Results are not immediate, as the deoxycholic acid needs to get to work breaking down the fat in the injected areas. Typically, there is some initial swelling; this is especially true after the first couple of injection sessions. Swelling is also greater the more fat the patient has under his or her chin. Swelling will usually run its course in from two days to two weeks. Then you’ll notice your profile continuing to tighten as more and more fat cells are broken down and removed by your body’s lymphatic system.
How many Kybella® treatments will I need?
The FDA has set the maximum number of Kybella® treatments at six, but every patient is different. We’ve found that, on average, most patients are satisfied after three treatments. Other patients opt to have all six. It depends on your goals for your profile. Although the makers of Kybella® say that treatments can be spaced four weeks apart, we are finding that five to six weeks apart seems better. By waiting a bit more, your prior results will be more visible, and you may decide you don’t need another session.
How long will my results from Kybella last?
Kybella® gets rid of fat under your chin permanently. Once that fat is gone, there is limited ability to store fat in the area in the future. There is no need for maintenance treatments. Your skin can still sag somewhat with additional aging, but your new profile will remain much tighter for the long haul.
Is Kybella Expensive?
The cost of Kybella varies from provider to provider but if you want to save money on the overall cost of Kybella then enroll in the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program which will allow you to earn points on each treatment and redeem them for savings on future treatments.
What are the side effects with Kybella?
The potential side effects with Kybella® are similar to those with dermal fillers. All side effects have proven very rare, however. They include nerve injury in the jaw that can create an uneven smile, trouble swallowing, and some weakness in the surrounding facial muscles. In clinical studies with 1600 patients, these side effects were not long-term, but they did not resolve immediately.
These are the common side effects after treatment and resolve themselves:
- Residual pain
- Areas of hardness in the treatment area
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
For more information on Kybella treatments or to schedule your appointment today, call Plastic Surgery of Southern New England at (508) 567-3202. Our practice serves Fall River, MA and the surrounding areas of Southern New England.