KYBELLA™ has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a non-surgical injection for reducing the small fat pad that can often occur under the chin. This product has been in development for ten years and is now available for use. KYBELLA™ contains deoxycholic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in your body. When injected into areas of excess fat under the chin, KYBELLA™ destroys the targeted fat cells. Fat cells do not re-form in adults, so when they are gone they likely will not come back.
Treatments are non-surgical and performed right here at Pinsky Plastic Surgery by our plastic surgeon Mark Pinsky, MD. The areas of excess fat under your chin will be “mapped” for up to 50 tiny injections, depending on your needs. At least two treatments are often necessary for the best possible results. Patients with larger amounts of excess fat may require additional treatments. KYBELLA™ procedures typically last about one hour.
After KYBELLA™ treatment, you will be given ice to apply to the targeted areas. We will also encourage you to take an anti-inflammatory medication, such as Advil®, for discomfort and inflammation. The most common side effect is swelling in the injection area, which can be significant. Redness and swelling should dissipate within a few days.
KYBELLA™ ultimately destroys the excess fat cells causing the appearance of a double chin, and your body then gradually filters them out through natural processes. It is important to note that treatments such as KYBELLA™ and the CoolMini™ (another non-surgical alternative for double chin reduction here at our practice) are not substitutes for a lower facelift or neck lift surgery. KYBELLA™ and the CoolMini™ procedure can only be beneficial for patients suffering from an excess amount of fat under the chin – they cannot correct skin laxity (loose, sagging skin) or visible neck bands. During your initial consultation, we will talk with you about your goals and determine whether KYBELLA™ is the best solution.
KYBELLA™ is a revolutionary advance in the field of cosmetic enhancement, offering individuals a way to beautifully enhance their profile and address a very common problem without the need for surgery or long recovery periods. We are very excited about this new procedure and we invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss which of the many treatment options we offer can meet your aesthetic goals, budget, and recovery-time requirements. For more information on KYBELLA™ non-surgical treatment for a double chin, please contact us today!