KYBELLA® is an injectable treatment that is FDA-approved for the non-surgical reduction of excess fat accumulated beneath the chin (submental fat), which is most commonly referred to as a “double chin.” To treat the appearance of a double chin, KYBELLA® is delivered in a strategic series of small injections throughout the targeted area. The active, naturally-occurring ingredient in KYBELLA®, deoxycholic acid, then breaks down fat cells it comes in contact with, eliminating them from the area permanently. As fat cells are metabolized by the body during this process, the volume of treated fat pockets will diminish and the area should appear smoother and tighter over time. Repeated treatments with KYBELLA® may be necessary to achieve the desired end result – at least two treatment sessions are typically recommended. During your consultation, one of our facial plastic surgeons, Dr. J. David Kriet or Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey, will determine if you are a good candidate for KYBELLA® and provide you with an estimation of how many treatments may be necessary to achieve the results you desire.
What to Expect During KYBELLA® Treatment
Treatment with KYBELLA® is considered minimally invasive and often results in very little downtime. During the procedure, the treatment area is numbed with a topical anesthetic to reduce any pain associated with the injections. Injections are placed according to a planned diagram marked on the skin, and the entire treatment can take about 30 minutes. Once the injections have been administered, ice is applied to the area to reduce swelling and redness. Some mild swelling and bruising will be present in the treatment areas; however, this should dissipate in the days following the procedure. The full results of KYBELLA® treatment are typically seen within 3 to 4 months.
KYBELLA® is ideal for patients who are affected only by excess fat beneath the chin. In cases where loose, inelastic skin and neck musculature are contributing to the appearance of neck fullness or a double chin, patients may be better served with a surgical procedure that can address skin and muscle laxity. One of our surgeons will perform a full evaluation during the initial consultation and talk with you about the best options for your needs.
Contact Our Facial Plastic Surgery Practice for KYBELLA®
Our patients have achieved remarkable results with KYBELLA®, effects that used to only be possible through surgical options such as liposuction. If you are interested in finding out if KYBELLA® may be right for you, contact our practice today to schedule your consultation with one of our skilled facial plastic surgeons.