What is KYBELLA®?
Behind the hundreds of selfies, countless glances in the mirror, and even the shock from accidentally opening a cellphone’s front camera at the wrong angle, there is someone unhappy with the prominence of their chin. Even with a fitness routine, some patients have a difficult time losing weight around their chin, also known as a “double chin.”
Until now, the only option was invasive liposuction in and around the face. While liposuction is popular, it also increases the chance of complications. KYBELLA® is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that targets fat below the chin to create a defined and attractive jawline.
Am I a Good Candidate for KYBELLA®?
There are three main factors that can cause a double chin (also referred to as submental fat): weight gain, genetics, and aging. Having a double chin can have a significant effect on the overall shape of your face. In many cases, even after weight loss and adopting a healthy lifestyle, a residual double chin can make your face appear overweight.
Patients interested in KYBELLA® must be in good health and have realistic expectations for their final results. Dr. Mendieta will go over your medical history and examine the condition of your chin to determine the best approach for your treatment. You should consider KYBELLA® for the following reasons:
- It is a non-surgical procedure
- Sessions are quick, usually around 20 minutes
- The treatments are customized to your needs
- There is no recovery, downtime, incisions, or scarring
- You do not need to undergo general anesthesia
What WIll My KYBELLA® Treatment Entail?
During each session, KYBELLA® will be injected directly into the fat in the double chin area. Each injection contains deoxycholic acid, which breaks down fat and allows your body to eliminate it naturally. The effects of KYBELLA® continue beyond the course of your treatment, and the submental fat will continue to be destroyed for approximately six to eight weeks following your final injection.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
Because KYBELLA® is a minimally invasive injectable treatment, there is no downtime required. You will be able to return to all normal activities immediately following your session. You may experience some swelling, numbness, and redness, but this should resolve within a few weeks.
What Results Can I Expect After My KYBELLA® Treatment?
KYBELLA® is known to decrease the appearance of chin folds and fat to produce a youthful, thinner, and rejuvenated look. Most patients undergo between four and six treatments, spaced at least one month apart, to achieve their aesthetic goals.