What to Expect With Kybella®

  • Have you ever caught a reflection of your profile and noticed you have your grandmother’s double chin?

  • Have you worked hard to lose weight and been disappointed with the sag that still remains below your chin?

  • Do you look at selfies and think you look heavier and older than you actually are?

If this condition makes you feel self-conscious, you will be relieved to know there is a solution tailor-made just for you offered by our doctors here at McFarland Eye Care. Meet Kybella®.

What exactly is Kybella®?  Kybella® treatments are injections of a deoxycholic acid. The acid is bile acid, which your body naturally produces and helps your body absorb fat.

Kybella® is a medical treatment created to improve your profile and reduce the appearance of a “double chin” (also called submental area). It is a non-surgical way to reduce the fullness under the chin.

During a consultation with our doctors, they will determine if you are a good candidate. They will discuss your medical history, as well as any cosmetic procedures you have had done on your face or neck area.  They will explain the procedure and guide you through what to expect.

Generally, topical icepacks applied to the area achieves adequate anesthesia. Once that has taken affect, then you will receive multiple injections under the chin. You can expect up to 20 to 30 injections of Kybella®, which will gradually start working to kill the fat cells. You should also plan on having at least two sessions of Kybella® injections. You and your doctor can decide if more sessions would be effective and beneficial.

Since it is a non-surgical procedure, little preparation is required, and the recovery process is minimal in most cases. Minor side effects usually subside in one to two weeks. The good news is over 80% of patients reported significant changes in their appearance. Even better news is that once the deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells in the submental area, the results should be lasting. No further treatment is expected as the cells can no longer store the fat.

So if that “double chin” is something you have noticed recently or have had your whole life, you should consider Kybella®.  Enjoy your updated profile and post those selfies!

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