Curious about noninvasive treatment options to minimize the appearance of a double chin or fullness under the jawline? Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, CA is proud to offer Kybella permanent, life-changing results.
This is a fancy way of saying, “double chin.” Though it’s usually associated with being overweight, that isn’t always the case. The issue is very common, and many of us are genetically predisposed to it. A double chin can add years to your profile and make you appear to be carrying around more weight than you really are.
A 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that 67% of respondents were concerned about submental fullness, or a double chin—nearly as many as the 69% who said they were bothered by lines and wrinkles around their eyes.
What Is Kybella?
This is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment for contouring the chin and neck. It uses a man-made version of deoxycholic acid, which our liver naturally produces to break down fat. Allure magazine named this treatment its 2015 Best Beauty Breakthrough winner, and Elle has referred to it as “liposuction in a syringe.” Unlike neck liposuction or a neck lift, however, this is completely non-surgical.
Will My Results Be Permanent?
After the deoxycholic acid has destroyed fat cells in the submental area, the results are expected to be lasting. At that point, further treatment is not required as the fat cells are no longer able to store fat. Results from clinical trials have also shown that the effects are maintained over the long term.
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How Does It Work?
The drug targets the submental fat (the fat pocket under the chin). When injected into targeted areas, the subcutaneous fat is dissolved. This cellular debris is then cleared out by specialized immune cells in the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
The fat gradually melts away over the span of several weeks as the deoxycholic acid is metabolized, broken down, and then excreted by the body as waste. The process also adds collagen, which tightens the skin. Your chin won’t look as full and your profile will be more defined.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
Before we begin, the treatment area will be thoroughly clean, and we will mark the injection sites with a marker. We will apply a topical numbing agent and provide an ice pack to ease any pain or discomfort.
Between 20 and 30 injections are typically used under the chin, though some patients may receive as many as 50 injections in a single treatment. Your provider will determine this number based on how much fat is being stored as well as your specific goals. All treatment plans are customized.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Treatment sessions take no more than 30 minutes. Right after your appointment, you should be able to drive home or go to work the same day. There is little to no downtime, but you may want to avoid exercise and another strenuous activity over the first 24 hours after treatment or until the swelling subsides. You may also want to plan social schedules with this in mind.
Does It Hurt?
The needles used for the injections are ultra-fine, small needles and the injections are placed quickly. Patients are often surprised at how quickly and comfortably the process is completed. Most patients tolerate the treatment very well. Talk to us about a topical anesthetic if you’re worried about needles.
Will It Leave a Scar?
Since no incisions are needed, there is no scarring.
Am I a Candidate?
Patients should be over the age of 18 and in good health. We will review your medical history prior to treatment.
This treatment is best suited to those who are interested in addressing moderate to severe fat accumulation underneath their chin but who would prefer to avoid more invasive procedures. Ideal candidates have good skin elasticity with small areas of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise.
Can Men Receive the Treatment?
Absolutely! Just remember to shave beforehand.
Who Should Not Receive This Treatment?
Patients who also have excess or loose skin below the chin may not be ideal candidates.
This treatment should not be performed if you have an infection in the treatment area. It is also not appropriate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and should not be used in patients with a history of dysphagia or bleeding abnormalities.
Is Kybella Safe?
Kybella won FDA approval in 2015 after it was tested in 20 clinical studies involving more than 1,600 patients. The treatment relies on a naturally occurring molecule. All of the cells surrounding the treatment remain healthy and intact.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatment sessions will vary by individual. Patients typically require between two and six sessions to complete the treatment. Appointments are scheduled four to six weeks apart. Dr. Kadz will develop a treatment plan according to your specific needs.
Does It Really Work?
Two U.S. trials presented to the FDA demonstrated that nearly 80% of those treated noticed a reduction of their submental fat and thus had improved satisfaction about their appearance.
How Soon Will I See the Results?
Results usually become apparent over the first two or three months. Your results may continue to improve over the next six months following the complete treatment series. You may begin to see results after one or two treatments, but it may take as many as six treatments to see results. In clinical studies, 59% of patients received six treatments.
What If I Gain Weight After Treatment?
In clinical trials, patients who gained weight after treatment did not experience the redevelopment of their double chin. Even if you gain weight, it may not affect the appearance of your neck or chin, as there will be fewer fat cells remaining. You can always schedule additional treatments to touch up the area, if necessary.
Fat reduction treatments work best for individuals whose weight is relatively stable. These treatments are most effective in conjunction with traditional diet and exercise. For added aesthetic enhancement, many patients decide to combine this treatment with the other cosmetic treatments and surgical options we offer. Our trained staff would be happy to discuss your concerns and customize a facial rejuvenation plan based on your aesthetic goals.
Can It Be Used On Other Areas?
The safety and effectiveness of this treatment for fat outside the submental area has not been established in trials yet, so it is not recommended for use elsewhere at this time. Larger areas may respond better to other treatment options, such as liposuction.
How Is This Different From Lasers and Liposuction?
Lasers are more effective for skin tightening, but they may cause more discomfort for the patient. Liposuction is very effective and provides results that are instantly noticeable, but it is more invasive, involves incisions, and requires more downtime. Kybella is the best option for those looking to get rid of fat without surgery, downtime, or aftercare.
Ready to Say Goodbye to That Chin Fat? Let’s Get Started!
There’s no denying that regular exercise and clean eating can go a long way in keeping you fit and trip. There’s also no getting around the fact that you can’t control where your body decides to store fat. Sometimes, submental fat just won’t respond to weight loss. Until recently, your only option for a more defined jawline was cosmetic surgery.
If you’ve been bothered by a double chin and you’re looking for an alternative to liposuction or surgery, Kybella may be right for you. Unlike nearly all other cosmetic injectables, this treatment delivers permanent results. Call today to schedule a consultation with Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, and discover how you can restore more youthful contours to your jawline and neck. We’ve got a personalized treatment plan for you.