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Kybella Palm Beach Gardens


Kybella For “Double Chin”

Kybella fat reduction is permanent. Once these fat cells are destroys, those fat cells do not grow back over time.

Kybella consists of deoxycholic acid, a product which is bio-identical to what we have in our own bodies. When Kybella is injected into fat tissue, it works by bursting the fat cells which are then flushed out by your body over time, using natural body processes. Kybella is FDA approved for the treatment of submental fat or “double-chin”. It has been used successfully, off-label, for fatty jowls and other fat pockets around the face as well on body fat. Kybella is also being used to fine-tune and feather the edges of the results of liposuction and CoolSculpt.

Unlike neck liposuction which can leave an older patient with loose neck skin, Kybella appears to give some skin tightening over the area of dissolved fat and may be less likely to leave you with looser skin.

Patients with “double-chin” can be grouped into mild, moderate and severe categories. Kybella treatments range from 1 to 3 sessions, each session typically being 4-6 weeks apart. Each patient is different so the number of treatment sessions you need depends on the severity of submental neck fat. A thorough consultation with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is the first step.

Kybella is also used in my office in combination with skin tightening devices such as Infini RF and Ultherapy in those patients with significantly looser neck skin. Kybella works to dissolve fat under the chin where as the Infini RF works to tighten the overall neck skin. The Kybella/Infini combo can give markedly enhanced results in the neck as well as in other parts of the face.

Kybella is also used in combination with Botox for those patients who also have vertical neck muscle bands. When Kybella is used for neck fat, these platysmal bands, if present, can diminish the visibility of the results from Kybella. Fortunately, this can be a simple fix by using Botox to soften the platysmal bands and enhance the results of Kybella permanent fat reduction.

The first week after Kybella treatment, swelling in the treated area is typically above baseline. One week following Kybella treatment, swelling is typically below baseline. Since Kybella works over time, repeat sessions should not be done sooner than 4 weeks, to give the fat cells a chance to dissolve and be flushed out of the treated area.

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