Excess fat below the jaw line, also known as a “double chin,” is a common problem for both men and women. This unsightly facial feature has many causes, including weight gain, genetics and aging. But no matter what the cause may be, it is a source of embarrassment or frustration for many people.
If you are bothered by the appearance of bulging fat underneath the chin, Dr. Ronald Schuster, a respected plastic surgeon in Baltimore, has good news for you. Kybella is a non-surgical injectable treatment recently approved by the FDA to permanently eliminate the dreaded double chin — without surgery.
Kybella is a facial injectable treatment made of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that targets and destroys fat cells. While most injectables add volume to the face, Kybella actually reduces fat in the neck area, eliminating the unattractive “double chin” effect.
Kybella works by breaking down fat cells in the neck area, which are then naturally absorbed by the body. Because the fat cells are destroyed for good, the results of Kybella treatment are considered to be permanent. Any future weight gain will be more evenly distributed throughout the face and neck area.
Treatment with Kybella is quick and virtually painless; Dr. Schuster can perform one treatment in about 15 minutes. To start, Dr. Schuster will inject a non-painful anesthetic to numb the neck and jaw area. He will then inject the Kybella solution into the targeted areas. Once the treatment is over, you will see some redness and swelling in the treatment area. This typically subsides after a couple of days. The treatment requires very little downtime; most patients are able to return to their normal routine the next day.
Kybella treatment typically consists of two to four sessions of injections administered six to eight weeks apart. Depending on the amount of fat under the chin, Dr. Schuster may recommend up to six sessions.
You may be a suitable candidate for Kybella if you:
- Have excess fat in the neck (i.e., a double chin)
- Are 18 years or older
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations
FAQs about Kybella
Is Kybella safe?
Treatment with Kybella is safe and has been approved by the FDA for adults 18 and over.
Where is Kybella injected?
Kybella is injected under the chin and surrounding areas, targeting the areas with the most fat.
Is the procedure painful?
Treatment with Kybella is virtually painless. Dr. Schuster injects a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and minimize discomfort. Most patients report feeling a warm sensation as the inject works to dissolve the neck fat.
Are incisions and bandages involved?
Kybella is non-invasive, eliminating the need for incisions and bandages.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery from Kybella is relatively quick. Most patients are able to return to their regular routine the next day. There will be some noticeable swelling for about two to three days.
When will I see the results?
You can expect to notice a slight improvement in the appearance of the neck one month after the first treatment. However, it may take about three months for the final results to show. The results are gradual, but nonetheless natural-looking and beautiful; you can expect a thinner, more well-defined jaw line!
How many sessions will I need?
The amount of sessions you will need will ultimately depend on the amount of fat you have on the chin and surrounding areas. Dr. Schuster can determine the number of sessions needed after examining the treatment area.
How long do results last?
Results with Kybella are permanent. If you gain weight in the future, it will be more evenly distributed throughout the face and neck area.
KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection 10 mg/mL Before-and-After Photos (Adra 2)
Results are represented over the course of treatment; not all treatments are shown. Up to 6 treatments may be administered, spaced no less than 1 month apart. In clinical trials, 59% of people treated with KYBELLA® received all 6 treatments.
Unretouched photos of paid model.
Sex: F Age: 35 Weight (before/after): 142.5 lbs/145.5 lbs
Total mLs (all treatment sessions): 12
Individual results may vary.
Indication and Important Safety Information
What is KYBELLA®?
KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area and in children less than 18 years of age.
Important Safety Information
Who should not receive KYBELLA®?
You should not receive KYBELLA® if you have an infection in the treatment area.
Before receiving KYBELLA®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA® will harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA®).
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).
What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA®?
KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness) and trouble swallowing.
The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
Ask your healthcare provider or visit MyKybella.com for full prescribing information.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Schuster
Learn more about Kybella by scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Schuster. Please contact his Baltimore office by calling (410) 902-9800.