Excess skin and fatty tissue can accumulate below the jawline as a result of aging, genetics, or weight gain. Submental fat (fat under the chin), also referred to as a double chin, can add years onto the appearance and cause some men and women to feel overweight. Despite diet and exercise, submental fat is often unresponsive and, when caused by genetics, it does not go away with weight loss.
Although submental fat is a common complaint, the double chin is one of the least treated areas of the face. Until recently, improving submental fat meant a surgical liposuction procedure with recovery time. The results from more traditional procedures can be dramatic, but not everyone is ready for surgery. Fortunately, Waldman Plastic Surgery and Dermatology has an exciting new alternative to submental liposuction, Kybella™.
Kybella™ Submental Fat Elimination
Kybella™ is the first and only injectable approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to eliminate submental fullness. Created from Deoxycholic Acid, this naturally occurring molecule is used by the body to help in the breakdown and absorption of unwanted fat. Injected into prominent fatty tissue under the chin, Kybella™ will slowly dissolve targeted fat cells. As the fatty tissue is broken down, the body safely reabsorbs the cells. The skin will become smooth and taut, creating a sculpted contour underneath the chin.
The Kybella™ Consultation
While Kybella™ can benefit almost any patient, the procedure is not for everyone. Potential patients should schedule a consultation with Dr. Waldman before beginning treatment. At this appointment, the doctor will assess your facial structure and review your aesthetic goals. Dr. Waldman will fully explain what to expect from the Kybella™ procedure and the intended results. If the fat elimination injectable is determined to be the right procedure, a personalized Kybella™ treatment plan will be created.
The Ideal Kybella™ Candidate
Anyone unhappy with the appearance of a double chin may benefit from Kybella™. Successful patients will be in good health and fully understand the non-invasive Kybella™ treatment plan. Ideal candidates will also hold realistic expectations for their results. Any ethnicity and skin type can see effective results from Kybella™. Contraindications to Kybella™ include patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, those who have a bleeding disorder, or those who have an active infection. In these cases, Kybella™ will not be administered. In addition, patients with excess skin or scar tissue under the chin may not be suited for the injectable fat elimination treatment.
The Kybella™ Treatment
We perform all treatments in the office. A typical session will take about 30-45 minutes to complete from start to finish. Once the target area has been determined, a series of injections will be applied. Kybella™ is not considered a painful procedure, although patients may choose to have a topical or local anesthetic prior to treatment.
More than one Kybella™ session is usually required for optimal results. Depending on the severity of submental fat, most patients will receive between two and six Kybella™ treatments, spaced four weeks apart. Dr. Waldman can recommend additional treatments to compliment the Kybella™ results to design a personalized treatment plan that may include dermal fillers to treat lines and wrinkles in the lower face or Botox® to smooth forehead lines.
After a Kybella™ Treatment
There is no downtime required after a Kybella™ session. Patients can immediately return to their normal activities, including exercise. Although the results from Kybella™ can be dramatic, they will not be immediately evident. Most patients will see benefits begin to appear after one to two Kybella™ treatments. As the fatty tissue is absorbed by the body, the contours of the submental area will steadily improve.
The fatty tissue that is eliminated during a Kybella™ treatment will not return. Therefore, no follow up appointments are anticipated to maintain results. Once the series of Kybella™ injections is finished, the results are expected to be long-lasting.
While serious complications are rare after Kybella™, as with any procedure, there is always a small risk involved. It is not uncommon for mild bruising or swelling to occur, but these minor issues will resolve in just a few days. Although less common, some patients may experience temporary numbness, difficulty swallowing, or excessive bleeding.
Choose an experienced Kybella™ provider
The submental area is one that must be treated carefully due to the neck and jaw structures and anatomy. To ensure successful results, patients interested in the newest treatment for submental fat should place their trust in a knowledgeable and experienced Kybella™ provider. While this and other injectables may be available in may offices, the results are definitely provider dependent.
What is Kybella™?
Kybella™ is the only FDA approved injectable designed to eliminate submental fat, also known as a double chin.
How do Kybella™ injections work?
Kybella™ contains Deoxycholic Acid, a naturally occurring molecule, used by the body to rid unwanted fat. When applied to the target area, Kybella™ will dissolve fat cells, which are then safely metabolized by the body.
Will I be a good candidate for Kybella™ at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery?
Kybella™ has been approved by the FDA for patients over the age of 18. The ideal candidate for Kybella™ will be in good health, fully understand the treatment, and hold reasonable expectations for their results.
How long does Kybella™ take to perform?
Kybella™ treatment session will take less than 30 minutes to perform.
How many Kybella™ treatments will be needed?
Depending on the desired results and severity of submental fat, between two and six Kybella™ treatments are necessary for optimal results.
Is Kybella™ painful?
While Kybella™ is not considered painful, there may be mild discomfort and pressure below the chin. For this reason, a topical or local anesthetic can be used prior to treatment.