The dreaded double chin is one complaint that bothers patients most, next to wrinkles. While some are genetically predisposed to developing this submental fat, for others it is the result of aging or weight gain/loss. Kybella is an injectable that is FDA approved for destroying fat cells under the chin, no surgery involved.
Extremely effective on both men and women, Kybella works best on patients with small, isolated pockets of fat who still have good skin elasticity. During your consultation, Dr. Robert Whitfield will examine the skin and fat under your chin to determine whether or not it’s the right treatment for your needs. Patients with an excessive amount of fat will probably do better with liposuction while those with loose skin may need to add some type of skin tightening treatment or consider a surgical neck lift.
Kybella is an injectable product made up of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that works to break down or “melt” fat. During your treatment, Dr. Whitfield will inject your chin with multiple, small injections, creating a grid-like pattern. The treatments are fast, taking only 15-20 minutes. With time, the deoxycholic acid will destroy the fat cells under your chin and the fat will be eliminated through the body by the lymphatic system.
The main advantages of Kybella are that it is safe, effective, and non-surgical, so little downtime. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they do not grow back as long as your weight stays stable. The major con is it requires more than one treatment before you will achieve final results. Treatments are generally spaced anywhere from 4-6 weeks apart, although waiting longer will not adversely affect your results. While 2 treatments is standard for a small pocket of fat, some patients may need several.
While Kybella is currently only FDA approved for use on the submental fat under the chin, it can be used to treat fat in other areas. Whenever a plastic surgeon uses a product in a way for which it wasn’t intended, it is called “off label”. Some of the most common off label uses are treating the bra rolls, behind the knee and occasionally the arms. The problem with treating large areas of fat with Kybella is the expense. More fat means more product and this can make the cost prohibitive.
While every patient heals at his or her own rate, you can expect to be both bruised and swollen following your Kybella procedure. Most of this should resolve within 1-2 weeks, although the swelling may take longer.
Certain patients also experience numbness, redness and small lumps or bumps. The latter typically means that the Kybella is working as those hard lumps are actually fat cells.
While these symptoms may be a bit uncomfortable, none should prohibit you from returning to your daily life immediately. The use of ice, anti-inflammatories and arnica can reduce the effects of the swelling, as well as its duration.
The costs are going to depend on the amount of product used. For the chin, the average cost for Kybella is $1,375
To find out more about Kybella with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at any of our three Austin locations: Lakeway, Round Rock or West Lake Hills.