When it comes to double chins, there’s a new game in town.
Kybella® non-surgically eliminates fat and tightens the skin in the neck and under the chin. Adios shar-pei neck.
And the best part about Kybella? It is PERMANENT! When the fat is gone, it is gone! No scars, no surgery, and no residual hanging skin.
Kybella®, a purified form of deoxycholic acid, is a secondary bile acid active in the gallbladder. It acts like laundry detergent, destroying cells on contact. Strategically injected under the chin, Kybella liquefies fat while simultaneously (micro)-irritating the skin. This micro-inflammatory process stimulates collagen growth and closes pores resulting in thicker, tighter skin over its’ “scaffold,” the chin.
Kybella® , via injection, destroys affected cells within hours, releasing cell contents into the interstitial space of the neck cavity. A slight burning and reddening of the skin surface indicate the micro-irritant process is underway. The emulsified cell content residue is absorbed through the lymphatic system and eliminated by the liver.
The Kybella Experience
It is important to distinguish between fatty tissue under the chin and loose skin. Fat responds to Kybella. Loose skin injected with Kybella will, after the healing phase, look no different. Loose skin is, non surgically, treated with dermal fillers, the PDO Thread Lift, and radio frequency (Thermi-Smooth.)
Before treatment, Dr. Clearfield will discuss all treatment options to determine which are the most efficacious and beneficial for your situation. If Kybella is right for you, before injection, we apply a laser grade anesthetic cream, followed by a treatment grid consisting of a series of dots. The grid is our outline or roadmap guiding the process while avoiding vital nerve and vascular structures.
Using an ultra fine gauge needle, Dr. C injects Kybella just outside of each dot.
We expect some surface redness and swelling which subsides quickly. Your homework assignment is to apply ice to cool the treated tissue.
KYBELLA® injections offer a new, noninvasive way to improve your profile by removing, moderate to severe fat from under the chin. Let Dr. Clearfield sculpt you that strong, flat jaw line you’ve always wanted.
Are you a good candidate for Kybella double chin therapy?
This treatment is tailor-made for removing a double chin or submental fat. Excluding the obvious, an infected treatment area, bleeding and blood clotting disorders, and allergy to its’ ingredients, mainly, deoxycholic acid, most everyone is the perfect candidates for Kybella injection.
Is Kybella painful?
Due to the number injections involved, 12 to 20, per treatment session, Dr. Clearfield will administer, before injection, a custom blended 20/8/8 laser grade anesthetic solution to the treatment zone. Patients tolerance varies, but a usual report is “mild stinging to a slight burning.”
Do I have to wait for results? I want instant gratification.
On average, it takes four to six weeks for the cellular debris left by the destroyed fat cells to be absorbed and eliminated. Each Kybella treatment can is roughly a 20% solution. Depending on the sharpness of the chin desired, retreatment occurs at four-week intervals for as many as six treatments. (Average is 2-4)
I’ve heard Kybella is permanent.
Yes, it is. Kind of, maybe. Treatment results are forever as the solution destroys fat cells permanently. Without a proper diet and exercise regimen to place, new fat cells can develop. Typically, Kybella treatments consist of a single treatment cycle only.
What about downtime?
It is import to apply ice to the area after treatment as bruising, and swelling is the result of the destroyed fat cells being reabsorbed by the body. You should plan on an evening of rest the night of your Kybella treatment and only light exercise the next 3-4 days. Avoid blood thinners including alcohol, aspirin, ginkgo biloba, fish oil and Vitamin E.
Applying over the counter Arnica gel or its’ souped up brother Traumeel, and taking Arnica or Traumeel tablets speed healing.
What can go wrong?
- Hematoma, bruising
- Pain, numbness, and redness
- Swelling and firmness
- Nerve weakness with an asymmetric smile or facial muscle weakness.
- Difficulty swallowing
The most common side effects are swelling, looking like a “bullfrog” almost, for a few days, redness, bruising, pain or numbness. All subside, for the most part, in 3 to 7 days. A perusal of the literature relates rarely seen muscle weakness with difficulty smiling, an uneven smile or nerve damage. If you experience these symptoms, call Dr. C. immediately.
Can Kybella be used anywhere else on the body for fat reduction?
Kybella currently is FDA approved for double chin fat only. In Europe Kybella is indicated for:
- “Bra” or back fat that is emphasized by undergarments
- Under arm fat, located in the area under the axilla
- Stomach fat in fit people
- Post-baby fat
- Above the knee fat or elbow fat
The safety and effectiveness of Kybella are not FDA approved for body fat reduction in areas other than the double chin.
4-8 weeks after Kybella injections in these areas, we recommend our PDO Thread Lift to tighten the skin around the treated area.