The possibilities for improving your facial appearance with surgery are growing with today’s medical advancements and evolving technology. Kybella is a revolutionary treatment offered by Dr. Schrader as an advanced, yet non-surgical method to address unwanted excess fat under the chin for both men and women. Although Kybella is a safe, non-surgical procedure, it should not be performed by just anyone. By choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Schrader to administer your injection, you are ensuring the best care and outcome possible. Her precise knowledge of anatomical proportions in the face and neck allows her to deliver exceptional chin contours that are customized to complement the rest of the patient’s unique features.
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is the first and only FDA approved injectable to improve the appearance of fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells. The substance in Kybella is a form of a naturally occurring material in the body that helps absorb fat. It is ideal for the patient who struggles with unwanted neck and chin fat often referred to as a double chin.
Dr. Schrader utilizes Kybella when a patient treatment plan eliminates the need for liposuction or other fat-elimination techniques. No anesthesia or surgery (neck lift) is required. Through a series of injections, Kybella mimics the body’s natural fat-absorption process and leaves you with a better contour.
When Kybella is injected into the subcutaneous (beneath the skin) fat of the submental (under the neck) region, the membranes of the targeted fat cells are destroyed. Once the submental fat cells are destroyed, they are gone.
A treatment plan with Kybella begins with a consultation visit with Dr. Schrader. She will design a treatment plan according to your specific needs. Most patients require more than one injectable treatment to reach desired aesthetic goals with Kybella. Kybella is not used as a “skin tightener” and will not lift loose or sagging skin, remove creases, plump or enhance the tone of the neck. If you desire any of these treatments you may need another procedure.
How does Kybella work?
Kybella is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring molecule produced by the body for the breakdown and absorption of dietary fats. When it is injected subcutaneously it destroys the membranes of the targeted fat cells. Once destroyed, the cells are no longer able to store or accumulate fat. The destruction of these cells is then followed by the body’s natural elimination and healing process. This process is slow but steady, and the fat cells are typically removed from the treatment area within four to six weeks after receiving injections.
How long do the results from Kybella last?
Once Kybella destroys fat cells they are gone forever, which means the results from the injections are permanent.
How many Kybella treatments will I need?
Dr. Schrader will create a tailored treatment plan based on your chin profile. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced at least 1 month apart. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 Kybella treatments.
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from person to person. Dr. Schrader will determine how many treatments are necessary based on your goals you’re your response to the treatment. Typically patients require between two to six treatments. Kybella treatment sessions are given at least 1 month apart, and you should not receive more than 6 treatments.
What are the risks and side effects of Kybella?
The most common side effects include swelling, bruising and discomfort following the procedure. Serious side effects are quite rare but may include nerve injuries in the jaw that may cause facial weakness, as well as trouble swallowing. In clinical trials, most people described simply feeling “tender” four hours after the treatment. Ice and anti-inflammatory medications can be used to effectively reduce pain and swelling.
Does Kybella hurt?
Comfort levels vary by patient. In Dr. Schrader’s practice, the area to be treated will be numbed with a topical cream and ice is also applied to reduce discomfort. In clinical trials, pain and swelling decreased over subsequent sessions. Pain and swelling can be managed by oral analgesics, topical anesthetics, and ice.
Who should or shouldn’t receive Kybella treatments?
During the initial consultation with Dr. Schrader, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your health history, existing health conditions, and other factors that could have an effect on how your body might respond to treatment with Kybella. Dr. Schrader will determine the best treatment for each individual patient. The best candidates for Kybella have moderate submental fullness, good skin quality with minimal laxity and are willing and able to follow post-treatment recommendations. If you are interested in determining if Kybella is the best solution to your needs, please schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Schrader. The doctor will not only be able to answer all your questions in greater depth but may also present you with numerous before and after photos of other clients so that you can see their work in action.
The consultation will involve a thorough examination of your face and chin, a review of your medical records and previous procedures, and instructions for pre and post-treatment. Educating and informing the patient are top priorities for Dr. Schrader. Communication is key, as a clear understanding between physician and patient is critical when it comes to achieving excellent results.