Excess fat below the chin, often referred to as ‘double chin,’ is a common problem for many people. Surgical solutions such as liposuction have traditionally been used to get rid of this fatty tissue, but a new non-invasive treatment called Kybella is now available. It is the ideal solution for people with moderate to severe fullness beneath the chin.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a prescription solution for the treatment of submental fat (fat below the chin). It is FDA cleared for use in adults 18 years of age and older. There is less pain and downtime with Kybella, when compared to traditional surgical options.
Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a substance the body produces to assist with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Kybella is injected into the fatty tissue beneath the chin, and it destroys the membranes of the fat cells.
How many treatments do I need?
Patient will typically require 2-4 Kybella treatments to achieve the optimal results. However this will vary, depending on the amount of fat being treated. A single treatment consists of multiple injections and lasts for about 15 minutes. Sessions are generally spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
How long do the results last?
Most patients notice a marked improvement in their under-chin fat after 2-4 treatments. The results of Kybella are long-lasting, because the fat cells destroyed during treatment are gone for good.
What are the possible side effects?
The common side effects of Kybella are swelling and bruising at the injection site, as well as some redness and numbness.
If you have not been prescribed aspirin or other blood thinners by your physician for the treatment of a known cardiovascular disease, avoid taking aspirin or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) such as Advil® or Motrin® for 5-7 days prior to the procedure, as these medications increase the tendency of bleeding and bruising.
Avoid Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ginko Biloba, St Johns Wart, Ginseng, and Garlic for 5-7 days prior to the procedure. These medications and herbs increase the tendency of bleeding and bruising.
Arnica, a natural supplement (found at any health food store) can be taken for 3-4 days prior to treatment to help minimize bruising and swelling. We recommend taking tablets orally, but there is also a topical form available.
Avoid alcohol 2 days prior to the procedure. Alcohol may cause blood vessels to dilate and cause more bruising.
Tylenol may be taken 45 minutes prior to your treatment to help minimize discomfort.
Do not schedule this procedure within four (4) weeks of a previous procedure or prior to a big event such (e.g. wedding, pictures).
Kybella cannot be injected if you are or may be pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
Post-Procedure Instructions (24-48 hours after treatment)
Normal side effects include: Redness, Swelling, Bruising, Pain, Hardness, and Pain.
Avoid rubbing, massaging, or scrubbing the injection site.
Avoid Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ginko Biloba, St Johns Wart, Ginseng, and Garlic. These medications and herbs increase the tendency of bleeding and bruising.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may cause the blood vessels to dilate and cause more bruising.
You may apply cold compresses to the treatment sites to reduce swelling and bruising.
Arnica, a natural supplement (found at any health food store) can be taken to help minimize bruising and swelling. We recommend taking tablets orally, but there is also a topical form available.
You may apply make-up after the procedure to cover bruising.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are looking for a fast treatment for under-chin fat that requires no surgery or incisions, contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P. C. & Aesthetic Center, serving the greater Atlanta metro, to find out more about Kybella. Call 770-422-5557 or fill out the form on this page today to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians.