Kybella is a treatment used for the removal of unwanted fat under the chin. It is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Many people struggle to rid themselves of unwanted fat under the chin, sometimes called a double chin. It can be a problem area even in those that are in otherwise good shape with little fat elsewhere on their body. This can be due to a prior history of weight gain and loss, or other causes that predispose patients like genetics, age, jaw size, and their natural neck anatomy.
What is Kybella?
The Kybella treatment is an FDA approved injectable made up of something called deoxycholic acid. It is identical to a natural acid that the body uses to dissolve and absorb fat from the food you eat. This makes it a perfect treatment for dissolving unwanted or stubborn fat under the chin.
Treatment with Kybella
Kybella is an injectable used in the office setting. It requires little prep or time to perform and consists of several small injections. You may feel a slight stinging sensation, but most patients do not require any anesthetic. However, a topical or local anesthetic is available for those who would like to feel more comfortable during the procedure.
Once the injections are complete, you are free to return to your normal routine. Ice will be applied in the office and can be continued at home. You may notice mild redness, swelling, and soreness for the first week or so after the treatment.
The results of Kybella are permanent. The fat cells that are treated and destroyed by Kybella do not grow back. However, it is normal for a few fat cells to remain in the area and, if a patient regains weight, there is a risk that those cells will become larger and contribute to a fuller chin.
Each person is unique. Therefore, each person will require different amounts of injectable to achieve the desired result. Dr. Thompson has specialized training in facial plastic surgery and always strives for natural-appearing outcomes without unwanted complications. It’s important not to be overly aggressive with the treatment to avoid adverse, irreversible complications. Typically, a series of injections are spaced out over time to allow the results to be visualized before proceeding with additional injections.
Kybella is very safe in the right hands. There may be minor bruising or swelling associated with the treatment. If used incorrectly, or if too much of the product is applied too quickly, it may result in more significant complications like scaring/banding of the skin or nerve injury. That is why it’s vital to seek a specialist trained in facial plastic surgery who has experience using Kybella and understands the critical anatomy in the head and neck.