Kybella is an injectable treatment designed to remove submental fat from underneath the chin.
- Downtime: Minimal
- Pain Level: Minimal
- Results Duration: May be Permanent
Submental fat that forms underneath the chin, giving the appearance of a double chin
Mild swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, and redness following each treatment – laser and topical treatments available to minimize bruising
Primarily used underneath the chin
Topical anesthetic applied, nitrous oxide also available
Reduction of submental fat under the chin, better definition along the jawline
Results visible in weeks to months
Kybella is a nonsurgical treatment, developed by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, to address submental fullness underneath the chin. It is the first and only FDA-approved injectable designed for contouring and reducing fat in the neck. The physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® participated in the clinical trials of Kybella leading to its FDA approval. We are one of the leading centers in the U.S. to offer this revolutionary treatment. Our private patients and patients from our clinical trials have been very satisfied with their results, with improved chin profile and minimal downtime following the procedure.
All of our physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York have extensive experience with various injectable treatments. We are leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology and one of the largest users of injectables in the world. Our board-certified doctors also offer surgical options to treat double chins, including liposuction.
How does Kybella Work?
Kybella is a synthetic preparation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally forming substance in the body that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat under the chin, Kybella promotes the destruction of adipocytes (fat cells). Once destroyed, those cells are unable to store or accumulate fat, leading to a slimmer jawline.
Kybella is administered by injections into the fat cells under the chin, personalized to the treatment goals of the patient. Each in-office treatment session takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
Do Kybella Injections Hurt?
This is a common concern for patients when they realize they will be getting multiple injections in the treatment area during each session. Rest assured we will take every necessary step to ensure your comfort during your procedure. Patients will receive a topical numbing cream or ice before the procedure starts, to reduce pain and create a positive experience.
When Will I See Results?
Generally, results appear within weeks to months of treatment. Although the deoxycholic acid destroys the fat cells quickly, it takes time for the body to flush them out naturally and create a slimmer, smoother facial profile.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
After treatment, you should be able to resume your normal activities. Keep in mind that you could have some swelling and bruising after your treatment. Plan social and professional activities accordingly in case you require some social downtime to allow those side effects to subside. Our doctors offer topical and laser treatments to minimize bruising after this procedure.
Kybella In The News
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Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, M.D., featured in ELLE magazine, Kybella vs Coolmini.
We are now offering Kybella for the improvement in the appearance of a moderate to severe “double chin”
FDA approves treatment for fat below the chin
Do Men Get Kybella Treatments?
Yes. Kybella and other injectable treatments are a popular option among men and we treat male patients routinely at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 63,000 patients received Kybella injections in the US in 2018. A significant proportion of those patients were men.
For men, the double chin appearance can be even more concerning, since it detracts from the strong jawline most men find attractive. The gradual results achieved with Kybella are also attractive to men since it isn’t obvious they had a cosmetic procedure performed. Our dermatologists have the expertise and experience to ensure both male and female patients achieve results that look natural while improving the appearance.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is Kybella Safe?
A: Yes, Kybella has a proven track record of safety and success. The FDA approved Kybella in 2015 as a safe and effective nonsurgical treatment for submental fat. In 2018, more than 63,000 people had treatments using injection lipolysis, such as Kybella.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: Kybella is a relatively new product and follow-ups with clinical trial patients need to be conducted. Nevertheless, it is expected that patients would not need retreatment once the aesthetic response is achieved as long as diet and lifestyle factors were maintained.
Q: How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
A: Most patients see a response after two treatments although some patients may require additional sessions depending on the amount of fat that is present.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: The most common side effects were associated with the injection site and included mild edema (swelling), hematoma (bruising), pain, numbness, and redness following each treatment session.
Q: What If I Gain Weight After My Kybella Treatment?
A: Patients in the clinical trials who gained weight after treatment did not show the return of their submental fullness. However, Kybella is a new product and follow-ups with more patients will provide insight on this topic.
Q: Are There Contraindications For Kybella?
A: Kybella is not to be used in patients with a history of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), bleeding abnormalities, or those currently taking blood thinner medication.
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