Kybella is a revolutionary new non-surgical treatment specifically designed to melt away submental fullness, the area under the chin. This area is a common concern for many who desire to eliminate what is often referred to as a “double-chin”.
Drs. Thompson and Henstrom have been treating this area with submental liposuction for over 10 years with great success for those seeking a more defined chin and jawline. Our injectors have appreciated having a non-surgical option with Kybella as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which is naturally found in the body and plays a large role in fat management. When used in Kybella, this acid works safely to literally melt away fat cells by breaking down the membranes. The body’s natural processes then eliminate them completely from the treated area.
It’s important to note that this process is different than traditional weight loss, where fat cell shrink, thus reducing volume, but they are never fully eliminated. Kybella, however, completely destroys those fat cells making it a permanent option for eliminating submental fullness. Without major changes in diet and lifestyle, the submental fat will not return.
For many, weight gain is a factor while many others find it difficult, if not impossible, to fully lose fat in that area despite maintaining a healthy weight. Submental fullness (or a double-chin) is often genetic, requiring more than diet and exercise for major improvement. According to a survey in 2014 from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, approximately 70% of those surveyed reported concerns with submental fullness. Patients feel the lack of definition makes them look older or heavier and experience a boost in self-confidence after addressing this area.
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When you visit Utah Facial Plastics, a detailed assessment will first take place to determine the number of treatments required and the targeted area for fat reduction. If you decide to proceed, your first treatment can be done at that same time or you can come back at a later date if you choose.
Once a treatment plan has been determined and both patient and injector are onboard with plans, 10-20 small injections of Kybella in the treatment site are expertly made by one of our injectors. Making many small injections ensure the product is distributed as evenly as possible so the gradual shrinking of fat cells will not leave a misshaped area. Treatment takes approximately 20-30 minutes in-office.
Patients at Utah Facial Plastics typically feel Kybella treatments are rather comfortable as we apply a topical numbing cream prior to treatment. The needles used are also very small and cause a minimal amount of pain.
Most patients will require 2-3 sessions spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart, though patients with more advanced fullness may require up to 6 treatment sessions. Your injector will determine the number of treatments needed at your initial consultation.
Fat cells begin to dissolve within 10-15 minutes post treatment though it does vary with each individual. And while the process of dissolving fat takes place fairly quickly, the bodies inflammation response to the injection can take 3-4 weeks to subside. Bruising and swelling is common and more involved for those that received a higher dose for more advanced fullness.
Submental liposuction is a common procedure our surgeons perform alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as facelift surgery or a chin implant. In certain circumstances, more than fat reduction is required as the skin loses elasticity over time, which is why he often recommends lifting and tightening of the skin in conjunction with fat removal. This can be determined at your initial consultation. For more information on submental liposuction, read HERE.
Kybella has been extensively studied and was found comparable to other cosmetic injectables, such as dermal fillers and botox as far as safety is concerned. The leading FDA Medical Advisory Committee unanimously approved the treatment of Kybella for submental fullness following a thorough review of the clinical data. While injections are safe, it’s important to only be treated by someone with extensive experience with the nerves and anatomy of the face as an injection too close to the marginal mandibular nerve could cause a temporary injury that would affect the appearance of the mouth.
It is also important to see someone specialized in the face to determine whether or not you are a candidate Kybella. Patients with previous facial surgery may or may not be approved for Kybella. Other contraindications include patients who have difficulty swallowing, bleeding problems, or medications conditions that might affect the face and neck.