Even a small amount of excess fat in the upper neck area may cause the appearance of a "double chin" that is bothersome to both men and women. The extra pockets of fat beneath the chin (aka the submental area) may be caused by aging, genetics, or weight fluctuations that lead to a weaker chin and jawbone for an undefined profile. This relatively new method is used to eliminate neck fat and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Kybella is the first nonsurgical procedure for submental fat. The active ingredient in Kybella is a manmade version of deoxycholic acid that works like the natural DA in the body to dissolve and absorb fat. Once it's injected below the chin, you may see a noticeable reduction in the volume of fat. Once the fat is eliminated, it does not re-form, so you can enjoy your new, slimmer profile and clear jawline.
The best patients for Kybella treatments have additional fat in the upper neck (submental area) that is causing unwanted fullness or a double chin. Kybella addresses stubborn sections of fat that cannot be minimized with usual weight loss methods because it is created by genetics, aging, or other conditions. If you are at or near a healthy weight, but diet and exercise have not worked to remove the fat in your neck, Kybella may be the right procedure for your needs. While Kybella may treat small to moderate amounts of fat in the submental area, larger amounts of fat may require surgical liposuction.
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Plan Your Procedure
what to expect
Kybella injections are completed during an in-office appointment by our medical director, Dr. Neal Verma. We typically apply a numbing cream to the treated area, if preferred, after the skin is cleansed. The procedure takes about 15 – 20 minutes, which includes multiple small injections targeting the submental area. Some patients may need one treatment to achieve their desired goal, while other patients may require several treatments spaced 3 – 4 weeks apart.
Since Kybella does not require general anesthesia, patients can leave the office as soon as they feel comfortable to resume their usual routine. Patients may experience temporary swelling, numbness, or bruising beneath the chin; however, this should not last longer than 2 - 3 days. Call Pura Vida immediately if you are feeling any unusual side effects, like facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, or if your smile is uneven. While the fat cells eliminated by Kybella do not regenerate, the cells that remain can get larger, so patients must maintain a steady weight after their Kybella injections to prevent new pockets of fat from forming. The results following this treatment leave your neck looking tighter and slimmer and your profile will be more defined.
Reduce Neck Fat Today
Just because everyone else in your family tree has to conceal their hereditary double chin doesn't mean you have to. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Verma to learn more about the benefits of Kybella.
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