Before Kybella®, the only way we could effectively remove fat under the chin was with liposuction. Synthesized from a salt our own body uses to dissolve fat, Kybella naturally breaks down unwanted fat using the same mechanism. When injected under the skin, fat cells break down, and are no longer able to accumulate fat.
Kybella is a minimally-invasive approach for sculpting the neck area. Depending on the goals of our patients, we may inject small amounts over a series of weeks to ensure the skin does not become too lax, and the jaw retains a smooth profile. While Kybella is currently approved only for the neck area, we’re excited about the possibilities for this product in the future.
What to Expect
Length of Procedure
You will receive several small injections in the treatment area, with the procedure lasting between 15 and 20 minutes.
Once injected, Kybella starts destroying the fat cells. It may take up to 4 weeks for final results.
Patients may feel some swelling and tender nodules as the fat deposits dissolve. This could lead some patients to avoid social events for several days.
Number of Treatments
Individual jawlines—and desired results—will vary person to person. Together, you and your dermatologist will discuss your goals, and your doctor will determine how many treatments you need. It is recommend that Kybella patients have at least 2 treatments, occasionally 3. Once the desired result is achieved, your physician may suggest a skin-tightening procedure to further rejuvenate the neck.
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