Factors such as weight fluctuation, genetics, and aging can affect the appearance of the face. Excess of fat may get accumulated in the neck and chin areas giving rise to a double chin, making you look heavier or older than you actually is. Now, this submental fat can be destroyed permanently with Kybella, a novel FDA approved injection treatment. It dissolves away the excess fat in the chin area. Also known as ATX-101, this treatment provides youthful definition to the jaw and neckline without the need for invasive facial surgery or liposuction.
How Kybella Works
Kybella can successfully reduce moderate to severe fat in the upper neck. The major content of this injection is a naturally occurring molecule called deoxycholic acid that aids in the breakdown of submental fat. Ice is first applied at the treatment site. Each treatment requires multiple injections. A thin needle is used similar to that used in Botox treatment. A single treatment comprises a maximum of 50 injections of 0.2 mL each (up to a total of 10 mL), which are spaced 1 cm apart. The procedure takes about 5 minutes. This is not a one-time procedure and patients may require up to 6 single treatments at intervals not less than one month apart.
Treatment is comfortable without the need for anesthesia or sedation. After the procedure, the patient may experience some bruising, swelling, and pain. The injection site may seem a little firm. Temporary numbness is another possible side effect. All of these conditions usually improve over time.
People with a lot of excess skin under their chin and neck or those who have an infection at the treatment site are not considered good candidates for this injectable treatment.
Benefits of this Injectable Filler
This treatment effectively addresses a heavy neck or jaw line by permanently destroying the fat cells. When compared to chin liposuction, the post-surgical recovery period is also shorter. There is no need for any anesthesia, large incisions, stitches or bandages and so discomfort, bruising and swelling are also less when compared to lipo.
For optimal results, Kybella should be administered by an experienced plastic surgeon. New York City is a good place to look for such plastic surgeons. During the consultation, a reliable surgeon will provide patients with a clear view of the benefits as well as the risks associated with the injection. Patients should inform the surgeon about all the medicines they are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements, and especially antiplatelet drugs and anticoagulants.