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 opt for liposuction or surgery, invasive procedures that are significantly more expensive.
How Does Kybella® Work?
Submental fat is stored in fat cells that accumulate in the chin area. Kybella® Injections work by disrupting fat cell membranes, which causes cell destruction. This process is also known as cell “lysis.” When the membrane of the cell is destroyed, the fatty contents are released into the bloodstream and naturally metabolized by the body.
Ideal Candidate for Double Chin Removal
It’s important to see a qualified physician for evaluation, since some patients may have the submental fullness that is the result of an enlarged thyroid gland or enlarged lymph nodes and not due to fat. Patients who have excess skin under the chin may not be good candidates.
Treatment with Kybella® may require up to 50 injections in the submental region in a single session. Up to six treatments may be required, and they should be administered at intervals of no less than one month apart. Topical numbing medicine and local anesthetics will make the procedure more comfortable. Because this treatment is not invasive, it can be done in the office and should take less than 30 minutes. The recovery time is short when compared to liposuction or surgery, although common post-treatment effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treated region.
Kybella Treatment Recovery
The recovery time is short when compared to liposuction or surgery, you can expect some swelling or bruising that should resolve within a few days. The treatment does not require maintenance, as the destruction of fat cells is permanent. Doctors who participated in the clinical trial say changes will be visible within a few weeks of the first treatment.
Kybella Side Effects
There is a risk of serious side effects that include nerve injury in the jaw. This can result in facial weakness or asymmetry. It may result in difficulty with swallowing. For this reason, it’s essential to choose a highly qualified cosmetic physician to perform the procedure. Other healthcare professionals may not have adequate familiarity with variations in anatomy in the area of the chin and jaw.
How Much Does Kybella® Cost?
Kybella Injection cost depends upon how much fat needs to be treated. Because each individual is unique, we recommend having a consultation at our office for a full evaluation to determine how many injections will be needed.
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.