Kybella is the first and only FDA approved non-surgical treatment for reduction of stubborn fat under the chin area. It is indicated for people suffering from moderate to severe neck fullness or double chin appearance who do not wish to undergo invasive surgery like liposuction, but wish to still achieve reduction of fat and better chin profile
How does Kybella® work? *
Kybella is made from Deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies and it is responsible for breakdown of fat cells (lipids). It is a cytolytic drug which disrupts fat cell membranes by a mechanism called lysis, aka cell burst.
According to 2015 survey completed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, nearly 67% of adult consumers said they were bothered by submental fullness. In general, adults over the age of 18 who are bothered by their neck profile and feel like they have excess under chin fat are eligible. To determine if you are a candidate, Dr. Lin must first perform a detailed physical examination during your consultation visit.
Is Kybella® a single treatment or multiple?
Kybella is usually performed as a series of treatments, usually between 2-4 but up to 6, which are scheduled at least 4 weeks in between. One must understand that each individual varies in anatomy and the amount of submental fat, therefore, the treatment plan varies from person to person. Some people can achieve desired result after just one treatment, while for some it will generally take anywhere between 2-4 treatments.
Can fat cells return after Kybella® treatment? *
Kybella works by causing disruption of vital cell membranes resulting in lypolysis. Once the cell is destroyed it cannot store or accumulate fat again. * Further treatments might not be necessary once the desired outcome or profile has been achieved.
Younger patient usually do not have any residual skin laxity since their skin already has good tone. For Older patient whose skin is a little loose, after Kybella treatment, their skin usually gets tighter, but in case there will be small residual area of loose skin under chin. Dr. Lin can offer a treatment combination with Silhouette Instalift or other non-invasive FDA approved skin tightening device.
How do I prepare before my treatment?
One should not consume any alcoholic beverages at least 48 hours before the treatment. If you are taking Aspirin for medical concerns, please consult with your medical provider first, if it would be okay to stop it one week before your treatment.
How is the procedure performed?
Dr. Lin will mark the treatment area first. She will then thoroughly clean and disinfect the skin and apply a stencil treatment guide to the area to be injected. The amount of injection sites will depend largely on individual’s anatomy and the size of the area to be treated.
The cost of the procedure is $1200 per treatment. At the time of your evaluation, Dr. Lin will apply a treatment grid and explain to you the amount of product that will need to be used in the treatment area. The cost of the treatment directly correlates with the amount of product to be used. Care Credit is available for financing. How long is the downtime after the treatment?
There is virtually no downtime after this procedure and patients may return right back to their regular duties. Swelling can last up to 48 hours. Most often, patients choose to have this procedure performed at the end of the workday or before the weekend. Ask for office hours to accommodate those time slots.
What are contraindications to Kybella® treatment?
Presence of an active skin infection at the site of potential injection site is an absolute contraindication to receiving your treatment.
What are the most common adverse effects after the treatment with Kybella?
The most common side effects reported were swelling, pain, bruising, bleeding, numbness, redness and tenderness to touch. The most significant and discomforting side effect was swelling. but the swelling is a sign of the product working and actively reducing those fat cells. There is no reliable way to predict the individual change of developing swelling, but generally younger individuals with firmer skin tone develop less swelling compared to older individuals, who have less skin elasticity and can afford to accommodate more swelling. The amount of swelling is usually the greatest after your first treatment, and usually minimal to none occurs at the second or even third treatment visit.
What is Kybella satisfaction rate?
An outstanding 79% of patients treated with Kybella reported satisfaction with their appearance in face and neck contour and also reported looking younger *
*Results and duration of effect may vary; no guaranty of specific results can be given. Degree of side effects may vary, for full disclosure please read consent for the procedure before your treatment.