We are pleased to now offer Kybella for the non-surgical treatment of the “double chin” for excess fullness/fat beneath the chin. This new treatment offers a high rate of success in treating the chin with no downtime, although there is some swelling which can occur. No incisions are needed. No sedation is necessary. While liposuction continues to be a great procedure, many patients wish to have reduction of the neck fullness by itself and do not wish to have downtime, even if it means the possibility of several repeat treatments in the office. Kybella is a treatment with “deoxycholic acid” which is a normally occurring substance in the body where it functions as a bile salt to break up fats in the intestines. As an injection, it breaks up fat cells in the area treated and the fat cells are then metabolized and excreted through normal metabolic processes of the body. From one to four treatments may be desired for the optimum effect but there is minimal discomfort and aside from swelling, there is minimal chance of unwanted effects.
Kybella is not for everyone, but is best for patients with relatively elastic neck skin and not much excess skin or platysmal banding, who have small amount of excess fat in the area just beneath the chin. We would not recommend Kybella for very large necks or those with severe skin laxity or looseness; these patients would be better treated with a lifting procedure, such as our LuxeLiftSM. Please feel free to call our office to set up an appointment so that we can help you to decide whether Kybella is right for you!