Kybella for submental fat (aka "double chin")

  Pre Kybella, post treatment day #1 and 3 weeks post Kybella

Above is a lady I treated with 2 vials of Kybella for a very common problem.....double chin. The left is a before picture. The middle is one day after (to show swelling) and the right is 3 weeks post Kybella treatment. She will continue to show improvement for 6-8 weeks, then we will assess the need for more Kybella.

Let's talk about submental fat, what we all call "the double chin".

Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.

If you’re bothered by submental fullness, you’re not alone. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS):

  • 67% of people said they’re bothered by under-the-chin fullness, or double chin
  • People are just as bothered by under-the-chin fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes

What is Kybella and how does it work?

KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that contours and improves the appearance of the “double chin”.

Dr. Trussell will design a treatment plan tailored to help you improve your chin profile. During your treatment sessions, she will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Most patients experience visible results in 1 treatment session. Up to 3 treatment sessions may be required for optimal results, spaced 6-8 weeks apart.

What side effects can I expect?

The safety profile of KYBELLA® has been studied extensively. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. You are definitely going to swell as you can tell by the picture at the top of this post. It is most significant the first week post treatment. Patients have found that taking Zyrtec helps diminish the swelling. The area will then become more hardened and then feel like jello and then your double chin will look much smaller. The pain is minimal and occurs right when the Kybella is injected. This lasts for 4-5 minutes, is relatively mild and is greatly diminished by using an ice pack. After that the area is just numb for awhile. There could be minimal bruising or redness, but that is usually not significant. 

How long will my results last?

When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the desired results are achieved, retreatment with KYBELLA® is not expected. Much like with liposuction or coolsculpting, once the fat cells are gone, they are gone and can not reaccumulate fat. The procedure is much quicker and more comfortable, though, than coolsculpting or liposuction. 

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Trussell today to get rid of your double chin! 501-228-6237

Kybella.... $600/vial