Posted on August 5, 2017 by Dan Lee | Posted in Aesthetics
So Dr. Lee might not have a double chin but a recent study 67% of those interviewed said the fat under their chin bothers them. There has been limited treatment options for years. Treatment usually included liposuction. However there is now a new kid on the block, Kybella.
Kybella is the first FDA-approved, injectable drug used to reduce the appearance of submental fat, more commonly known as a double chin.
Because of the extremely limited options for correction, submental fat has been an under-treated aesthetic issue. This is unfortunate because only lines and wrinkles cause more concern among cosmetic consumers.
A double chin can make you look older and heavier no matter what your age or weight. And, in many cases, this fat doesn’t respond to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise because genetics is often the cause.
Since April 2015, Kybella fat dissolver has been revolutionizing the world of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. You may have seen Kybella on GMA (Good Morning America), news programs, or while surfing the Internet.
Until Kybela there was little you could do about submental fat except wear turtlenecks or get a surgical liposuction treatment. But now, this brand-new non-surgical cosmetic procedure makes it possible to ditch your double chin and achieve a tighter, more contoured look without incisions or downtime.
What Is Kybella FDA Approved For?
Kybella shots are intended to eliminate moderate-to-severe convexity associated with submental fat (double chin). Any use of the drug to eradicate subcutaneous fat outside the submental region has not been established in current Kybella clinical trials.
But further Kybella research is in the works. Kybella belly fat clinical trials are already underway. It looks likely that Kybella approval for more exciting treatment options will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!
How Effective Is Kybella?
Most Kybella reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Patients are very happy with the no-hassle, little downtime procedure and dramatic results. Increased self-esteem is a common benefit enjoyed by Kybella patients. People who have been self-conscious about their double chins their entire lives are finally free of that burden. They feel more attractive, happy, and confident. Kybella results are definitely more than skin deep.
KYBELLA™ is a non-animal, non-human formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the human body that assists in the breakdown and absorption of fat.
What Are The Side Effects?
Hardness in treatment area
More serious, however rare, side effects can include:
Nerve injury causing weakening of facial muscles- this always spontaneously resolves within 44 days.
How Is The Procedure Performed?
Kybella is a safe, non-surgical procedure, so your treatment is performed in the office. Before the treatment begins, any pain relief will be administered if appropriate in your case. Then, using a special grid, your Certified Injection Specialist will carefully draw the boundaries for the injections on your skin.
We will then use the temporary grid marked on your chin as a guide and give you 14-50 injections, depending on your particular needs. The procedure is simple and straightforward, taking roughly 20 minutes to complete. Then you’re on your way.
What’s The Difference Between Kybella vs Liposuction?
If you’re weighing the benefits of Kybella vs liposuction, here are some main points to keep in mind while making your decision.
A liposuction surgery is done in a single visit. With Kybella, you might require a few treatments spaced out at least a month apart. But lipo is surgery, so you’re looking at a longer, harder recovery. Price-wise, but both treatment methods are generally comparable.
But the best thing about Kybella is that it’s less invasive. You avoid all the negative issues involved with surgery, such as anesthesia and other risks associated with surgery, such as the risk of infection and longer downtime.
It’s important to note that Kybella can only be used for removal of fat under the chin. If you have loose skin in this area (“turkey neck”), Kybella can’t address that problem.
How Does It Work?
Kybella is comprised of deoxycholic acid, which breaks down and absorbs dietary fat. When Kybella shots are injected into subcutaneous fat, the underlying fat cells are destroyed and cannot rejuvenate.
How Is It Administered?
Kybella chin reduction is injected subcutaneously using an area-adjusted dose. One treatment can consist of up to 50 tiny injections. Because the procedure relies on the natural process of fat breakdown, several treatments may be needed once a month.
Who Is A Candidate?
Anyone over 18, in good health with moderate-to-severe submental fat can reap the benefits of this aesthetic treatment. If your chin has a twin, and you’d like to improve its appearance without the risk of surgery – you’re the perfect choice for this exciting new procedure.
Is It Painful?
Pain is always relative, but most patients report only mild discomfort at the beginning of the procedure that subsides as the treatment progresses. Most people find an over-the-counter pain reliever is adequate to relieve any discomfort post-procedure. During subsequent treatment sessions, the level of discomfort lessens with the majority of patients.
Can Anesthesia Be Used?
Yes. Topical lidocaine cream can be applied 30 minutes before. However most patients tolerate it well with just having ice placed shortly before.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The treatment is uncomplicated, so in most cases you are in and out within 30 minutes.
When Will I See Results?
Most patients see noticeable results after 2-3 treatment sessions. The number of treatments required will depend on the amount of fat being eradicated.
How Long Does it Last?
Once your aesthetic goal has been reached, there is no need for further treatment. When Kybella kills those fat cells, they are gone for good!
Is There Any Downtime?
Kybella recovery is usually quick and uneventful. At most, patients report some minor bruising and swelling that resolves within several days. Mild discomfort may be experienced at the injection sites but is easily treated with OTC pain relievers. Some patients jump right back into their routine while others prefer to lay low for a couple of days after the procedure.
How Much Does Kybella Cost?
Kybella price is depends on how many injections are required for your needs. In general, most patients require 2-3 treatment sessions to obtain optimum results. New Life Health and Wellness can provide you with an estimated cost for a full round of treatments during a consultation. Is Kybella worth it? Considering it’s a permanent solution, it could be considered a very wise investment.
Who Shouldn’t Get This Treatment?
Check with your physician if you are taking blood thinners before considering Kybella for double chin treatment. Caution should also be used if you’ve had prior surgery in the treatment area. If you have an active infection at the injection site, you must wait until it clears. Anyone who is pregnant or nursing is ineligible for the procedure. Those with a history of dysphagia (trouble swallowing) are not suitable candidates for Kybella.
What Are The Potential Complications?
Because of the location close to certain anatomic structures, there is a risk of tissue or nerve damage caused by the injections. This could cause facial muscle weakness or an off-balance smile. When the treatment is performed by a licensed professional, however, these risks are minimal.
Where Can I Find Kybella Before And After Pictures?
Reading about this revolutionary new cosmetic treatment is one thing. You have to see the incredible Kybella images to appreciate just how life-altering this procedure can be. The best way to do this is to visit the official Kybella website for real Kybella before and after photos.
Where Can I Get More Information?
To find out more Kybella FAQ, visit the official Kybella website to learn about the drug, the procedure, and to see the results from the clinical trials. We’re also available at New Life Health and Wellness to answer any questions or to help you schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
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