Kybella is an injectable treatment designed to remove submental fullness (the double chin area). This injectable medication is made up of a compound called deoxycholic acid, which is a natural enzyme within the digestive tract. This enzyme is used to break down and dissolve adipose (fat) cells, resulting in a permanent decrease in the number of fat cells in the affected area. Studies have shown long-lasting and highly effective results after several treatment sessions (usually somewhere in the range of 2-6 treatments).
Kybella is injected through a very small needle directly into the fatty tissue under the chin to reduce the double chin. The treatments are usually performed with the assistance of a small amount of numbing medication for patient comfort, and can be performed in the office in just a few minutes. A series of treatments (at least 2) is recommended for most patients.
After each treatment, patients can expect some swelling and occasionally some mild discomfort and bruising for a few days afterwards. There may also be some numbness and tingling of the area that is temporary. Most patients are able to go back to work within a day or two if they are able to tolerate some mild swelling of the submental area.
Kybella does not decrease muscle or skin laxity, so it is important to see a surgeon who is well-versed in all treatment options for this area to discuss a personalized treatment plan in detail and review all of the surgical and non-surgical options. Each patient is unique. Many patients are excellent candidates for Kybella but may also be better candidates for submental liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, or a lifting procedure to tighten the neck muscles and skin. As facial plastic surgeons specializing in facial aesthetics, we are happy to review all of these options with you in detail during your consultation.
As with all injectable treatments at Texas Facial Aesthetics, expert injectors Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain personally perform all injections, including Kybella.
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