Kybella, a new injectable by Allergan, permanently reduces fat deposits in the submental area (the area of the upper neck, just below the chin). Stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise can accumulate on any area of the body, but in the submental area, excess fat can create the appearance of what is commonly called a “double chin.” While surgical neck liposuction is best for patients who need larger amounts of fat removed from other areas of the neck, Kybella is a great solution for anyone who only needs treatment in the upper neck. During the initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss the best options based on the patient’s needs and concerns.
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Deoxycholic acid, the active ingredient in Kybella, works by destroying the dietary fat in the submental area. It will take 2 – 6 treatment sessions for patients to get their best results, but 79% of patients in clinical trials were satisfied from the final results of their Kybella treatments and they reported feeling that they looked younger, happier, and more confident.
During/After the Procedure
The plastic surgeon will clean the area to be treated and then carefully make multiple injections under the chin with the Kybella. Patients generally begin to see results after 2 – 4 treatment sessions, but if needed, patients can have up to 6 Kybella treatments with no more than a 4 week break between sessions. Many patients report minor, temporary side effects after their treatment, including pain, redness, numbness, swelling, and bruising.
Since Kybella is a new treatment, it is more expensive than most injectables, but is still less than surgical neck liposuction by a good plastic surgeon. Patients usually receive 2 – 6 treatment sessions, which adds up to $1,000 to $2,000 total. Kybella also saves patients the recovery time needed after surgical neck liposuction.
Plan Your Procedure
Currently, Kybella is only approved to be injected into the submental area for fat reduction. While research is being done to see if Kybella is safe on other parts of the face and body, a reputable plastic surgeon will only use Kybella in the area of the neck below the chin.
Candidates for Kybella treatments must be at least 18 years old and not pregnant or breastfeeding. In the initial consultation before the procedure, patients should tell their doctor about their medical history, as well as any current medications or medical concerns.
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that is able to break down to small enough particles that the fat is naturally processed out of the body. Once the fat has been eliminated from the body, the fat cells are permanently removed.