Contouring has taken on a brand new meaning with Kybella, the first FDA-approved injectable for dissipating the submental fat under your chin, also referred to as a “double chin” or “turkey neck”. With modern standards, this advancement is a great achievement. This is because chin fat is one of the most problematic areas to tone, even if you exercise often and eat right. In fact, double chins affect about 2/3 of adults. Moreover, fullness can lead to a heaver and older look even with a pleasant-looking facial appearance. However, Kybella dissolves all the fat within 2-4 treatment sessions.
What exactly is Kybella?
According to WebMD, Kybella is identical to deoxycholic acid, which is something your body makes to help absorb fats. In actuality, it destroys fat cells. Still, as stated by the FDA, when not used correctly it can destroy other types of cells such as skin cells.
The shot is used to treat double chin fat and is a great alternative to surgery or liposuction. Its active ingredient is a naturally occurring type of acid that helps breakdown dietary fat. When injected, Kybella causes the fat cells to disintegrate. And after they are destroyed, the fat cells cannot accumulate or store fat. After the aesthetic response is attained, retreatment is not probable.
The Kybella medical procedure is by injections into the fat that is under the chin. Generally, the frequency of injections is determined by the physician. Customized treatment is typical and is defined by the physician and the patient’s aesthetic objectives.
Safety and Side Effects
Kybella is known for being very safe. In fact, a global clinical development program was comprised of over 20 clinical studies. It included over 2,600 patients worldwide with over 1,600 that were treated safely. However, some people experience slight side effects such as bruising, redness, pain, swelling, numbness or areas of hardness around the treated area.
Number of Treatment Needed
Generally the number of treatments is determined by your physician. The treatment plan also depends on your aesthetic goals. Nevertheless, most patients will notice a big difference and see visible contouring of their chin is two to four treatments that are typically a month apart. As well, a patient can have up to six treatments.
For the most part, the results are everlasting. This is because Kybella causes destruction of fat cells. And once they are destroyed, they are extinguished indefinitely. In truth, future treatments are not anticipated.
The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
Before having treatments, it is greatly recommended to find a highly qualified and experienced physician. Generally a specialist in facial plastic surgery is best. As well, you want someone who is licensed and certified in plastic reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Brian Maloney at the Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is renowned for his personal concerns, sincere compassion and artistry for all patients. Further, he is certified by the American Board of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology. As well, Dr. Maloney is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
The offices at the Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery are equipped with up-to-the-minute technology including computer imaging for a patient’s innovative view of the possible changes with each treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns about Kybella treatments, feel free to make an appointment or contact the staff. And for your convenience, Dr. Maloney serves patients from Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Marietta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs and beyond.