KYBELLA® is a new, non-surgical treatment that can rid patients of unwanted fat under the chin, achieving long-term improvements to appearance and profile. As you age, the fat under your chin, also known as submental fullness, increases. This is not dangerous, but it can cause you to feel self-conscious about being perceived differently by other people. Some of our patients report feeling that it makes them look older or heavier than they actually are. This under-chin fat is a common experience for many adults, but that does not make it any less annoying.
Luckily, KYBELLA® can address this facial feature with minimal invasion and recovery time. If you’re interested to see how this procedure might work for you, schedule a consultation at our Mt. Vernon office.
How KYBELLA® Works
The KYBELLA® treatment is the first in its class – medicine injected into fat under the chin to destroy fat cells. The active ingredient in this treatment is synthetic deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring molecule in the body facilitates both the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Once the molecules destroy fat cells, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, thus resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin.
Previously, the only treatment options available to get rid of a double chin were liposuction or plastic surgery. A KYBELLA® treatment takes only a few minutes and requires almost no downtime, allowing patients to easily fix one of the more irritating parts of growing older.
What to expect from your KYBELLA® Treatment
Before starting treatment, we will examine the area under and around your chin to determine if a KYBELLA® treatment is right for you. During the procedure, we will first clean your skin and assess the area, marking the proposed areas of treatment with a tool. Then, one of our clinicians will inject numbing medicine, which will decrease or eliminate any pain associated with the treatment. They will then inject KYBELLA® into the chin and other areas of unwanted fat. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
It is not uncommon to experience moderate swelling, redness, firmness, numbness, achiness, and bruising after the procedure. These side effects should resolve within a few days to a couple of weeks. While the injections take only a few minutes, the treatment itself works slowly. Your new appearance will become apparent over the weeks following your injections as fat cells are destroyed and removed from the targeted area by the body’s scavenger cells.
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Most patients will require 2-4 treatments for maximal benefit, and these visits can be scheduled 6 weeks apart as needed. Your doctor will assess your skin and work with you to create a treatment regimen.
Is this treatment right for me?
Only a certified medical professional can administer a KYBELLA® treatment. If you want to know whether you are a good candidate, schedule a visit with a board-certified dermatologist at our Mt. Vernon or Centralia skin care clinic.
This treatment is also part of the Brilliant Distinctions program. Enjoy exclusive savings on select Allergan™ treatments and products by earning points the day of your treatment to redeem for future visits. If your profile and skin require more than one KYBELLA® session, you can save on multiple treatments.