January 11th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute
Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist
Does the appearance of your chin bother you? You’re not alone. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 68% of people surveyed reported that they are bothered by excess fat beneath their chin, also known as submental fullness.
The cause of submental fullness differs from person to person but common culprits include: genetics, weight gain and aging. Unfortunately for many, excess fat beneath the chin remains even with exercise and weight loss. Kybella®, the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment, offers a nonsurgical option for improving the appearance of moderate fat beneath the chin.
How Does It Work?
Kybella® dissolves fat cells with a molecule already found naturally in the body, deoxycholic acid, which aids in breaking down dietary fat. Once injected, Kybella® destroys fat cells, rendering them unable to store or accumulate fat. The destroyed fat cells dissolve and become metabolized by the body.
How Many Treatments Do You Need?
The number of recommended Kybella® treatments varies from patient to patient and depends upon two major factors: (1) the amount of fat already present beneath the chin and (2) the desired profile a patient and their injector plan to achieve. Patients who receive Kybella® should plan on two to six treatments.
How Long Does Kybella® Last?
Once you reach your desired aesthetic through injections, further treatment is not expected. The fat cells destroyed by the deoxycholic acid in Kybella® cannot store or accumulate fat, they leave the body permanently after they are metabolized.
Am I A Good Candidate for Kybella?
The best way to know if you are a good candidate for Kybella® is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. At your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Kybella®. If you are not a good candidate for Kybella®, there may be other options for you.
Who Performs the Treatment?
What are the Side Effects?
Kybella® injection constitutes a medical procedure, and, as with all medical procedures, side effects may apply. The most common side effects include, without limitation, swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness around the treatment area, but some other serious side effects are possible. For further information, please visit http://consumers.mykybella.com/faqs or call our offices at 1.888.970.7546.
How Much Does it Cost?
For pricing, schedule a consultation appointment with our team.
Curious about the procedure? Watch our live Kybella® chat with Dr. James M. Jeffries, III, MD, FACS, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Soderstrom Skin Institute
Interested? Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!
KYBELLA® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF ALLERGAN, INC. KYBELLA® IS A MEDICAL PROCEDURE. SOME RISKS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. A CONSULTATION AND DISCUSSION OF YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY WILL OCCUR PRIOR TO ADMINISTRATION.