As a facial plastic surgeon, I often meet patients in Orlando who long for a more contoured profile, but aren’t ready for surgical intervention, such as a facelift, chin implant, or liposuction. Until recently, there were few non-surgical alternatives to correct submental fullness, most commonly known as “double chin.” But a new injectable treatment has changed all that. It’s called KYBELLA and this fall it has taken center stage in the world of injectable fillers.
1. What is KYBELLA?
KYBELLA is an FDA-approved injectable medication that treats excess fat under the chin. It is made up of a naturally-occurring bile acid which breaks down and removes fat accumulations without surgery.
2. How does it work?
A series of 3 to 6 monthly injections into the skin in the upper neck area is required to treat the double chin many have as a result of hereditary factors, weight gain, or aging. When KYBELLA is injected into the area under the chin, it destroys unwanted fat cells. Once the cells are destroyed, they are no longer able to store or build fat. These cells will be gradually eliminated with the body’s own natural processes.
3. What is recovery like?
KYBELLA is used with local anesthesia, and completed in about 30 minutes. Most patients experience swelling for 2 to 3 days after the treatment. During that time, they will wear a chin strap to support their skin. Pain is minimal and generally resolves in 15 minutes. Additionally, a follow-up visit will be scheduled for 1 month after the first treatment to determine a timeline for subsequent treatments. To achieve their desired outcome, most people need between 4 to 6 treatments spaced at least 1 month apart.
4. Am I a candidate?
The best candidates for KYBELLA are adults who have a focal fat pocket under the chin and either have a BMI less than 30 or are not obese. Good skin elasticity is key for best results. Coincidentally, this is the same group of people who are best served by liposuction. However, liposuction requires anesthesia and a week-long recovery. KYBELLA gives many patients the choice between the 2 treatment options.
I’m thrilled to offer KYBELLA at my Orlando practice. As a double-board certified plastic surgeon, my extensive training has taught me to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of each new treatment I bring into my office, and I am confident that this is a safe and effective option for men and women in Orlando. If you are interested in a consultation, feel free to contact my office to request an appointment.