No matter how hard you work out or how well you diet, some pockets of fat just seem never to go away. The fat under your chin is probably one of these areas. Submental fat, also known as double-chin, can be hard to lose. That is why we offer Kybella injections in both our Pottsville, PA and Hazleton, PA locations. This FDA-approved injectable is specifically designed to help improve the appearance of fat under your chin. Dr. Robert Kimmel and his staff are ready to help you reduce your double chin with Kybella. If you are interested in this treatment, please contact our office today.
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable prescription medicine. It is used to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also known as “double chin.”
Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. A naturally occurring molecule in the human body, deoxycholic acid aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fatty fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. Therefore, once you reach your aesthetic goals, additional treatment is not typically necessary.
The treatment of excess fat beneath the chin (submental fat) is the only current area for which Kybella is FDA approved.
When considering Kybella injection, you should select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Dr. Robert Kimmel is uniquely qualified to offer a complete spectrum of treatment alternatives for submental fullness. He is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of clinical practice experience and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (the mark of distinction in cosmetic plastic surgery, ASAPS). Dr. Kimmel Strives to optimally achieve your aesthetic goals while respecting all of your treatment priorities.
Kybella dissolves fat by creating an inflammatory reaction in the fat beneath the chin. This will typically be associated with swelling, bruising, mild tenderness, temporary numbness, “pinkness” and “firmness” of the fatty tissue, known as induration. Over the first one to two days, Dr. Kimmel encourages his patients to use ice to minimize any swelling. Our patients also receive a lightweight nylon compression garment to be applied to the chin in the evenings. This garment assists with skin tightening for the first two week period. Over an approximately four to six week period following each injection, our patients observe the desired shrinkage of the unwanted fatty tissue, which correlates with resolution of swelling and inflammation and progressive skin tightening.
Following FDA approval, Kybella was the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical study institutions, ultimately leading to the refinement of current treatment guidelines. These studies treated more than 1600 people with Kybella. Since then, thousands of patients have been treated in multiple clinical practice settings worldwide.
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Following its injection into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella causes lipolysis or the destruction of fat cells. Your body then eliminates the metabolic breakdown products from the cells. Once removed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. Therefore, once you reach your desired aesthetic goal, further treatment is rarely necessary or expected.
Several factors determine the number of Kybella injection sessions required. The severity of fatty tissue excess beneath the chin, as well as your individual aesthetic goals or expectations, play into this determination. In our practice, most patients require an average of two to three injection sessions spaced at four to six weeks apart, to achieve their aesthetic goals.
To adequately answer this question, one must consider the cost of central neck (i.e. submental) liposuction, which is the traditional alternative surgical treatment. The cost of these two treatments is similar if two Kybella treatment sessions are needed. However, three or more treatment sessions exceeds the cost of a single central neck liposuction procedure. Moreover, liposuction is more flexible in its application, since it can be used to treat the more lateral neck area as well as the jowls, if necessary, whereas Kybella use is restricted to the central submental (i.e. beneath the chin) area. The appropriate consideration and prioritization of these multiple issues can be somewhat confusing and complicated and is just one reason that you should select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) to place these options in perspective and provide these services realistically.
We perform our Kybella injections in a comfortable office setting. Dr. Kimmel injects a small amount of local anesthetic into the central neck region using a blunt tip needle before Kybella injections to eliminate the slight stinging sensation associated with the injections. Once numb, your doctor will make multiple small injections into the central neck treatment area. Each treatment session lasts 15 to 20 minutes.