Many men and women are embarrassed by the fat under their chin and wish nothing more than to get rid of it. Dr. Angela Devera at Laser & Vitality Institute in Fountain Valley, California currently serves the Orange County area with Kybella® treatments to help with this issue. Her non-surgical approach to improving the profile of the neckline will help patients feel and look their best.
Kybella is an injectable treatment for adults that promises to help improve the appearance of additional fat below the chin (also called submental fat). In doing so, Kybella provides a more attractive jawline and overall aesthetic.
The main ingredient used in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is a molecule that naturally occurs in the body. Deoxycholic acid is responsible for breaking down and absorbing dietary fat.
Once Kybella is injected into the fat under the chin, fat cells are essentially destroyed which reduces the additional fullness. When fat cells are destroyed, they’re not able to store fat going forward. As a result, once a patient’s goal is achieved further treatments are not necessary.
Kybella treatments are administered through several small injections per treatment into the fat under the chin. The process typically takes about 20 minutes and the number of injections can vary depending on the amount of fat and the patient’s goal.
The number of treatments received is generally around three, but no more than six total treatments should be given. Each Kybella treatment is spaced out by at least a month.
Since the chin profile varies from person to person, the number of treatments will vary as well. Once Dr. Devera has been given the opportunity to assess the fat reduction needed to achieve the desired profile, a treatment schedule can be provided.
Recovery entails the reduction of swelling at the injection site. The swelling typically lasts 48 hours before going away. Some patients who come in with a larger volume of fat under their chin may experience more swelling than those who came in with less.
The most common side effects occurring around the treatment area include:
However, a more serious side effect -- such as nerve injury in the jaw -- could result in:
While nerve injury and trouble swallowing may resolve themselves after a few days, if experienced, Dr. Devera’s office should be contacted immediately.