Advancements in non-invasive facial rejuvenation are growing, giving patients the ability to improve their facial appearance without the downtime associated with surgery. Dr. Marcus is happy to announce that he is now able to offer Kybella, the newly FDA-approved injectable treatment that can eliminate your double chin, at his Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Santa Rosa. Kybella offers minimally invasive, permanent improvement in the jawline without the downtime.
Submental fullness, or double chin, is a common condition that impacts both men and women. It can make you appear older and heavier than you are and is often resistant to diet and exercise. If it bothers you, you’re not alone: according to a 2014 survey, 68% of people said they’re bothered by excess fat under the chin/neck. Until recently, surgical procedures such as liposuction and neck lifts have been the only treatments for this condition, but Kybella is now approved by the FDA as a safe and effective alternative to liposuction.
What happens during the procedure?
Kybella contains a naturally occurring molecule that dissolves fat, essentially causing the fat cells to burst while leaving all the other cells around it intact. Your body then flushes out these fat cells.
During the 20 minute treatment, Dr. Marcus will inject 2 vials of Kybella into the submental area. As with any injectable, it might hurt a little at the injection site.
When can I return to normal activities?
There is no need to alter your normal activities after treatment. The area may be red and there may be some swelling or bruising a few days post-treatment, and there’s also a chance the area will feel numb for up to a month.
When will I see results?
Final results typically appear within 1-2 months. The fat slowly melts away, and the process of the body cleaning up the fat also adds collagen, which helps tighten up the skin where you’ve melted the fat. Depending on your personal goals, you may need to repeat the Kybella treatments 2-3 times at 4-6 week intervals for the best results.
Are results permanent?
The fat cells that are destroyed by the Kybella don’t come back. However, while the results of Kybella treatments are permanent, it may take several treatments to get the desired results.
Am I a good candidate for Kybella?
Getting rid of the excess fat under your chin can give you more angularity in your jawline, which really impacts the way your face is perceived. If you want to improve the definition in your jawline and you don’t need or want to undergo liposuction surgery for neck, Kybella can give you a pretty result.
The best Kybella candidates are men and women who have good skin quality and a distinct appearance of fatty tissue under their chin/neck. Patients with moderate to extreme laxity and sagging in the neck area are not good candidates for Kybella; a surgical neck lift may be a better option for these patients.
If you’re interested in finding out whether Kybella is right for you, call us today to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Marcus will determine whether you are a good candidate and recommend the most effective treatment plan to meet your goals.
How much does it cost?
$700 per vial for the first Kybella treatment (2 vials needed per treatment). The cost per vial is reduced to $600/vial for patients who need a second Kybella treatment, which is necessary for about 1 out of 2 patients.