What Is Kybella®?
Kybella® first non-surgical treatment FDA-approved for treatment of moderate to severe submental fat in adults, also known as a double chin. Before approval of Kybella, patients troubled by a double chin could only receive liposuction or surgery, invasive procedures that are significantly more expensive.
How Do Kybella Injections Work?
Fat cells contain submental fat which accumulates in the chin area. Kybella injections work by disrupting fat cell membranes, which causes cell destruction. This process is also known as cell “lysis.” After destroying the membrane of the cell, the fatty contents are released into the bloodstream. Then, the body naturally metabolizes the, now dissolved, fatty content.
Candidates for Chin Fat Removal
It’s important to have a consultation with Dr. Potozkin to discuss if you are a potential candidate for Kybella. In some cases, patients may have the submental fullness that is the result of an enlarged thyroid gland or enlarged lymph nodes. This is different than patients who are suffering from excess fat. Patients who have excess skin under the chin may not be good candidates.
First, Dr. Potozkin will apply topical numbing medicine and local anesthetics. This will make the procedure more comfortable. We perform this procedure in office, since it is noninvasive, and under 30 minutes to complete.
During treatment, Dr. Potozkin may inject up to 50 injections in the submental region in a single session. The price will vary based on the size of the treatment area and the number of injections needed. In order to achieve ideal results, patients can choose to receive up to six treatments. These treatments will be administered at intervals of no less than one month apart.
Recovery from Double Chin Removal
Recovery time for Kybella is short in comparison to liposuction or surgery. Patients can expect some swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, or redness. These side effects that should resolve a few days after initial treatment. Kybella does not require maintenance, as the destruction of fat cells is permanent. Clinical trials note that changes will be visible within a few weeks of the first treatment.
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Risks of Kybella
After Kybella injections, there is a risk of serious side effects that include nerve injury in the jaw. This can result in facial weakness, asymmetry, or difficulty swallowing. For this reason, it’s essential to choose a highly qualified cosmetic physician, such as Dr. Potozkin, to perform the procedure. Other healthcare professionals may not have adequate familiarity with variations in anatomy in the area of the chin and jaw.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information about Kybella’s double chin removal treatment, Call Jerome Potozkin, MD today at 925.838.4900 to schedule your consultation. Our practice serves Danville, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, San Francisco and surrounding areas in California.