As we age, normal loss of collagen and weakening of connective tissue can lead to a sagging chin or double chin. Sometimes we see ourselves in a profile picture and can’t help but notice excess fat under the chin making us look older than we feel! Fortunately non-surgical solutions now exist.
WHAT IS KYBELLA?
Kybella is identical to a substance your body makes called deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring enzyme which helps to digest dietary fats. Kybella is an alternative to liposuction or surgery to treat double-chin fat.
How does kybella work?
Kybella works by destroying fat cells, and was approved by the FDA for this indication in April of 2015. As noted by the FDA, if not used correctly, Kybella can also destroy other kinds of cells, including skin cells. This highlights the need for administration by appropriately trained and credentialed providers.
Does kybella really work? How many treatments are required to see results?
Kybella works. Patients might need a series of anywhere from 12-20 injections per session. Two to three total visits might be required, spaced about 1 month apart. Each treatment takes approximately 15 minutes.
Some people may receive up to 50 injections in a single treatment, with up to six single treatments no less than one month apart. Many patients see results after 2-4 treatment sessions.
Kybella is associated with many questions and misconceptions. Patients frequently want to know if Kybella will tighten skin. Kybella only destroys fat cells and will not tighten skin. Whether Kybella leaves loose skin will depend on your age and skin condition. In patients with normal skin elasticity the skin will retract to a normal position after the fat melts away. Patients seeking skin tightening should consider Skintyte (coming soon). Some patients have heard that Kybella makes the double chin larger - the swelling is temporary, and will not permanently make the double chin larger. If you have other concerns, Jill Canes would be happy to discuss them with you during your consultation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF kybella?
Natural looking results
Kybella AT FACE FORWARD MEDICAL AESTHETICS
At Face Forward Medical Aesthetics we believe that the best results are achieved when a true partnership forms. As part of your consultation, Jill Canes will listen to your concerns, learn what you perceive to be your concerns about your chin, and explain the most effective and realistic anti-aging treatment options.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?
Multiple small injections of Kybella are injected directly into the submental fat pad (double chin area) using a fine needle in a grid pattern. Swelling will occur, and for most patients, Kybella swelling doesn’t last long. Your swelling will typically peak about 20 to 28 hours after your procedure, and will likely go away after 48 hours. On rare occasions, you can experience swelling for longer, depending on the dosage you receive and your particular skin. Patients with large amounts of fat underneath their chin and sagging skin may experience more swelling. Since swelling can be significant within 48 hours after your treatment, we recommend you plan your work week or social calendar accordingly.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT RESULTS?
The full effect may be realized within 4-6 weeks.
HOW LONG DOES kybella LAST?
Since the fat cells are actually being destroyed, results typically llast for years.
DOES kybella HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
The most common side effects of KYBELLA include swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. More serious side effects can include:
Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness)
Injection site problems including: bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME?
Since swelling can be significant within 48 hours after your treatment, and can continue for about 2 weeks, we recommend you plan your work week or social calendar accordingly.
IS kybella USED FOR ANYTHING ELSE?
Kybella is only approved by the FDA for submental (double-chin fat). In Europe Kybella is used in other parts of the body where focal areas of fat bulges need to be addressed. In the US these are off-label uses. Any questions about off-label uses of Kybella can be answered in a consultation.
IS kybella ONLY FOR WOMEN?
No! Kybella is for anyone seeking to eliminate a double chin. These days, both men and women want a more defined jawline.