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Kybella is the first-of- its-kind, non-surgical option for treating submental fullness, commonly called a double chin. The injections are composed of 10 mg/mL deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule which is used in the breaking down of dietary fat. The deoxycholic acid found in Kybella is not derived from human or animal sources.
Submental fullness is found in a range of adults and there are a variety of factors that can lead to a double chin including aging, genetics, or weight gain. A double chin makes the face look older and heavier, despite other youth facial features. With Kybella, submental fullness can be modified without the need for surgery. Kybella is less invasive and is relatively low risk, and can produce noticeable changes in submental fullness without surgery.
- Targets mild to moderate double chin
- Less invasive, little downtime
- Performed in the office
- Customized treatment plan tailored to your needs
- Nearly 80% patient satisfaction rate
Kybella at Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay is injected into the submental fat pad using a small needle. It is administered by multiple injections of 0.2mL of deoxycholic acid spaced one centimeter apart. The number of injections varies from patient to patient, but is typically in the range of 12-20 per treatment. The number of treatments necessary to see results from Kybella treatment is tailored to each patient’s goals and submental fat distribution. There are commonly between one and three treatments, often spaced six to weeks apart.
After the procedure, you may experience swelling, redness, tenderness, numbness, or bruising of the injected area but these symptoms generally last less than a week. There should be a small improvement in submental fullness after each treatment, but due to the nature of the treatment, this will take some time, and patients should expect to have to wait for the treatment to take effect. The effects should be noticeable after one to two treatments, but this depends on the patient. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery, and following these instructions can help speed your recovery and reduce the risk of post-treatment complications.
Anyone looking to get rid of their submental fat could be a candidate, but a one-on-one consultation is recommended before beginning treatment in order to assess the patient’s situation and goals. Changes to the submental fullness may be seen as early as a after the first treatment, however most people begin to see the results after 2 or more treatments. It is important to note that the treatment may take a certain period of time to have an effect. There might be a period of time before results can be visible, unlike with liposuction. Kybella can produce a significant result in lessening submental fullness, decreasing double chin, and tightening the under-chin angle.
Common risks of deoxycholic acid injections include swelling, redness, tenderness, numbness, or bruising of the injected area but these symptoms generally resolve spontaneously. Kybella does have certain side effects that may disqualify patients who can suffer adverse effects because of them. Patients with dysphagia or discomfort when swallowing may have their condition exacerbated. Kybella treatment can also cause bruising and swelling and patients taking blood-thinning medications are at a greater risk of increased bruising and swelling. Other less common risks include temporary injury to the marginal mandibular nerve leading to an asymmetric smile or facial muscle weakness and dysphagia, or discomfort with swallowing.