What Is Kybella®?
Kybella is a non-surgical (FDA Approved) injectable for reducing moderate to severe fat on the upper neck, otherwise known as a “double chin.” The injection contains a naturally occurring molecule which eats away at fat. When injected properly, all other cells are left healthy and intact. Using Kybella for treatment on areas other than the double chin is not approved or recommended.
Why Have Kybella®?
Thanks to the ever popular “selfie”, people are critical of their facial appearance more than ever before. One of the biggest areas where people express personal dissatisfaction of their facial appearance is with what is called a “double chin.”
Until Kybella was approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) in 2015, there was no treatment specifically approved to address this specific area of compartmentalized fat. This is the main reason why patients are now choosing to have Kybella treatments for the appearance of a double chin caused by excess submental fat.
Are You A Candidate for Kybella®?
While in some cases a double chin can develop after excess weight gain, in many cases, genetics plays a large part in who gets a double chin and who does not. This is how many otherwise thin people can still have the appearance of a double chin, even though they are slim and trim everywhere else on their body.
While exercises do exist that claim to tighten the appearance of a double chin, for most patients, these deliver unsatisfactory results. As long as you are generally healthy in all other ways, you should be a good candidate to have Kybella treatment.
If you are considering Kybella treatment, you likely have a number of questions. Be sure to write down your questions to ask Dr. Hillelson during your consultation.
How long will the procedure last?
Because the destruction of fat cells is permanent, once your course of treatment concludes, you may never need further treatment.
What can I expect after the procedure?
The most commonly reported patient side effects include swelling, redness, bruising, discoloration or tenderness at or near the treatment sites.
How soon can I return to work?
In most cases, you can return to work within a day, or as soon as you are ready to do so. The exception may occur if your job involves heavy lifting or is very physical in nature.