In the past, the only way to improve a double chin was through surgery – either with a neck lift or liposuction. After FDA approval in 2015 of Kybella®, we now have a non-surgical way to correct a double chin or “submental fullness.” This excess fat under the chin is virtually impossible to fix without a cosmetic procedure, no matter how much weight you lose.
Few practices offer Kybella® yet, but our physicians are certified by the manufacturer to train other physicians in the proper use of this injectable treatment. Kybella® is new, but the FDA approved it after more than 20 studies proved that it is both effective and safe.
Kybella® works by destroying excess fat cells through injecting a substance (deoxycholic acid) already in the body that naturally absorbs these cells.
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Since we are certified by the manufacturer of Kybella®, we have a deep understanding of how this product works in the body. No two patients are the same, and we evaluate each person to determine the best technique for the result they want. We understand where to place the injections for the best and safest results.Dr. David J. Kiener, M.D.
We will spend time with you in consultation, examining you and asking questions about your medical history. Kybella® is not right for everyone. Certain medications are not appropriate to be mixed with Kybella®, and certain kinds of tissue under the chin cannot be easily corrected with Kybella®.
For example, if you have loose skin and/or muscles under the chin, a surgical neck lift or non-surgical treatment such as Ultherapy may be more effective for you. We will provide our recommendation during your consultation and answer any questions you have.
What can be accomplished by Kybella® Injections?
Kybella® injections can reduce a double chin (submental fullness) and make your neck and jawline look firmer and more youthful.
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How does Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery Approach Kybella® Injections?
Using our understanding of how Kybella® works in the body, our knowledge of the anatomy of the face, and our experience in the field of plastic surgery, we are able to evaluate each patient individually to determine the best way to use this innovative product.
Kybella® is an outpatient procedure that uses a fine needle. We numb the area with a topical anesthetic and then inject a small amount of local anesthetic before marking the area with a pen and proceeding with the treatment. Ice is applied to the area after the treatment to minimize swelling. The results are visible in about 6 weeks, at which time another treatment may be necessary. Most patients see very good results with 2-3 treatments.
What is Recovery Like After Kybella®?
Kybella® requires no downtime. Most patients can leave our office and return to work or other activities right away. Patients may experience some minor swelling and bruising, however, for about 7 days. For that reason, we would recommend to not plan important events during that period of time. Expect some tenderness for about 2 weeks. Nonprescription pain medication such as Motrin can be used, if necessary.
While aging continues and new fat can form under the chin, the fat that has been destroyed by Kybella® will not return.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kybella®— Sacramento, CA
Are you curious about how Kybella® works? Find your answers here.
Is Kybella® Safe?
Kybella® is FDA-approved for nonsurgical double chin removal, which means that it’s been proven incredibly safe and effective for its intended use at dissolving submental fullness beneath the chin. Kybella® is completely nonsurgical, meaning no anesthesia, incisions, or sutures. You’ll be able to enjoy the results without a long or painful recovery period.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Kybella® in Sacramento, CA?
Patients who are frustrated with the appearance of their submental fullness and want double chin removal without surgery are the perfect candidates for Kybella®. Kybella® can work with all skin types and skin tones for patients over the age of 18. Patients who have skin infections in the treatment area should avoid Kybella® until the infection is completely gone, and treatment has been authorized by both their primary physician and Dr. Kiener.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
At Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kiener will create a tailored treatment plan based on your chin profile and your individual aesthetic goals. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced about 1 month apart. Many patients experience visible results after 2 to 4 Kybella® treatment.
Are There Any Possible Side Effects?
The most common side effects of Kybella® are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness around the treatment site, although these effects will generally resolve themselves after a few days. It is especially important that you notify your provider of any allergies that you may have so that we can take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
What Happens If I Gain Weight After Kybella®?
Kybella® eliminates fat cells by destroying them, processing the waste, and then flushing out the waste through natural bodily functions. Once the cells have been eliminated, they cannot come back—even if you gain weight. However, some fat cells will remain after treatment, and these will expand if you gain a significant amount of weight. However, since there are fewer cells in the submental area, the degree of fullness will be vastly less than before your Kybella® treatments.
Can I Combine Kybella® Treatments with Any Other Treatments?
Kybella® is often combined with other anti-aging treatments like Botox®® or dermal fillers for total facial transformation. Botox® will help to smooth expression lines and wrinkles that form when the face is in movement. Dermal fillers can fill in lost volume in areas where that fullness is needed, such as the cheeks, underneath the eyes, or the lips. While those injections are providing a more youthful aesthetic, Kybella® will be hard at work giving you a sleek, beautiful chin and jawline.