Kybella: Targeted Neck Fat Treatment

Kybella is designed to treat the superficial tissues in the neck by using a product called deoxycholic acid. The use of the product has been shown in multiple clinical studies to be effective in destroying fat.

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What Is Kybella?

Kybella is an injectable treatment used to treat the appearance of a double chin, also known as submental fullness. Made up of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule that helps with decomposition and absorption of fat. With this treatment, you can achieve your aesthetic goals without having to undergo a more invasive surgical procedure such as liposuction or neck lift. Kybella injections are extremely effective in treating extra fat in the neck that may be resulting from weight gain or aging.

What Should You Expect From A Kybella Treatment?

Before starting any Kybella treatments, you should always have an initial consultation with your doctor so they can assess your condition and determine whether or not it is suitable for your needs. During this consultation, they will explain how many sessions you may need and talk about potential side effects associated with the procedure. After your initial session, you may start to see results within two to four weeks after each injection session; however, most patients usually require three to five treatments spaced at least six weeks apart in order to achieve their desired results.

How Does Kybella Work?

The mechanism of action of Kybella involves its precise targeting of fat cells located in the submental area, which is commonly known as the area beneath the chin. During each treatment session, your doctor will inject a predetermined amount of Kybella into several injection sites beneath your chin.

The product works by breaking down and eliminating targeted fat cells, which reduces excess fat in the area and results in a smoother and slimmer-looking profile with fewer wrinkles and loose skin.

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Areas Treated With Kybella

Kybella is an effective and safe treatment option for those looking to reduce excess fat in the neck area and achieve a more youthful appearance. Kybella is a single treatment that can help improve the appearance of your chin without the need for surgery. This injectable product destroys targeted fat cells with precision, leaving behind tighter skin and improved skin tone and elasticity. Additionally, Kybella also works well when combined with other cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers or skin tightening treatments, offering an overall neck rejuvenation package.

In order to ensure a successful outcome from Kybella treatments, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. A regular commitment to these activities will help keep your body in top condition prior to any aesthetic treatments you may undergo. Furthermore, following up on your Kybella sessions with regular maintenance visits can help maintain your results over time. For those looking for fast and effective treatments for excess fat under the chin, Kybella provides an excellent solution that can help you look younger and slimmer without surgery or downtime.

Kybella can also be used to treat areas such as the chest, back, arms, abdomen, and thighs. In these areas, Kybella works similarly to its neck application by breaking down and eliminating targeted fat cells. This leads to smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and improved skin tone and elasticity in the treated area.

When considering Kybella treatments for these other areas of the body, it is important to remember that your treatment plan should be tailored specifically for you based on your unique needs and desired outcome. Therefore, it is important to discuss your medical history, sun exposure habits, current weight stability, aesthetic response goals, and any concerns with board-certified plastic surgeons prior to undergoing any treatments.

It is also important to note that although Kybella can help reduce excess fat in some areas of the body (such as jowl fat that may form due to facial muscle weakness), it cannot treat all types of excess skin. In cases where this is an issue or when more significant changes are needed than what Kybella alone can provide, synthetic fillers or invasive treatments such as liposuction may need to be considered instead.

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Recovery Time After Kybella Treatment

The recovery time for Kybella varies from person to person. Early on patients might notice some swelling and discomfort. This is a result of the nature of Kybella which is acidic (it is a bile acid). The fat cells are permanently destroyed but it takes a period of weeks and months for the fat to be absorbed and the area treated to remodel. Most patients see results as early as 4 weeks and can see a final result in about 6 months. We don’t recommend Kybella a few days prior to a big event but 2-4 weeks should be sufficient to attend 3 months to start to enjoy your results.

How Much Does Kybella Cost

The cost of Kybella varies depending on the size and location of the treatment area, as well as the number of treatments required. Generally speaking, Kybella can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,200 per treatment. To determine the exact cost for your desired outcome, it is best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in Kybella. Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable product specifically designed to target and reduce fat located under the chin (known as submental fullness or “double chin”). The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid which works by breaking down fat cells so that they can be absorbed and eliminated naturally by the body. This process helps improve facial profiles by reducing excess fat in this area. Generally, more than one treatment session may be necessary for optimal results but most patients will begin to see improvement after their first session with a medical professional. The entire treatment process typically takes between 15-20 minutes and involves a series of injections administered directly into the fatty tissue beneath the chin. During your initial consultation, you should discuss your goals with your doctor so that they can provide you with an estimate for how many sessions you may require and what would be involved in each one. As Kybella is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by insurance; therefore all costs associated with this treatment will need to be paid out of pocket by the patient. However, there are some providers offering payment plans or financing options to help make this type of procedure more affordable over time.

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Risks And Complications of Kybella

Although Kybella is a minimally-invasive cosmetic injection, it is still a medical procedure and carries with it some risks and complications. For best results, it is important to consult with an experienced physician who can provide you with an accurate assessment of your individual needs and create a customized treatment plan based on those needs. Some of the most common risks associated with Kybella include mild swelling, bruising, pain, redness at the injection site during treatment.

Additionally, there may be some temporary numbness in the area that was treated as well as some itching or tingling sensations which should subside within a few days.

In general, most patients will need multiple treatments (typically 2-4) in order to achieve their desired result but once the fat cells have been destroyed they are gone for good.

It is also important to remember that while Kybella can help reduce excess fat in certain areas of the body (such as jowl fat), it cannot reverse skin elasticity issues or treat more significant changes that may require fillers or invasive treatments such as liposuction. By following all post-treatment instructions carefully and returning for regular follow-up visits with your physician, you can enjoy an amazing profile without having to worry about any long-term risks associated with Kybella treatments.

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Kybella FAQ

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Who Is A Good Candidate For Kybella?

Kybella is best used in patients seeking removal of preplatysmal fat of the neck. It is a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction. Patients with laxity of skin or platysmal bands are not good candidates since these conditions can be exacerbated with use of Kybella. Kybella is part of noninvasive neck contouring

What Are The Benefits Of Kybella?

Kybella is relatively safe procedure with little to no downtime that is effective in the removal of preplatysmal fat in the neck. It offers patients a fairly reliable nonsurgical alternative to fat removal of the neck and other areas.

Is Kybella Safer Than Neck Liposuction?

Not necessarily. Neck liposuction can be done safely in the office by an experienced physician under local anesthesia with minimal downtime. Neck liposuction has the potential for hematoma (collection of blood), nerve and vessel damage but these risks are low in an experienced physician’s hands. Kybella has similar risks except for collection of blood. In a nonsurgeon’s practice Kybella will be the only alternative. Patients should look at a surgeon’s rate of complications with both Kybella and neck liposuction as well as recovery times to get a complete picture of safety profile of both.

If I Have A Large Neck Will 1 Session Of Kybella Be Effective?

Likely not. Kybella often requires multiple sessions to remove fat. Neck liposuction typically removes the fat in 1 session. Depending on the degree and amount of fat present in the neck, Kybella may be more or less expensive than neck liposuction.

Is Kybella As Effective As Neck Liposuction?

Kybella is not as effective as neck liposuction since neck liposuction can lead to contouring of the neck in BOTH pre and postplatsymal areas and can directly remove fat here.

What Kybella Office Is Near Me?

If you live near Chicago, IL, Anil Shah Facial Plastic Surgery offers Kybella among its services and is conveniently located at 200 West Superior St., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60654

How Does Kybella Compare To Other Noninvasive Neck Contouring Procedures?

Other neck contouring procedures such as Necktite or Facetitie remove fat and  have the added benefit of a contracture component which can help reshape the neck in patients with older skin.  Patients with Necktite or Facetite have more potential downtime and the procedure is more invasive. For more information about Necktite and Facetite, please click here.

Procedures that heat the neck such as Ultherapy and Thermage are not as effective in removing fat as Kybella but can contract the skin in some patients.  Coolsculpting mini can remove some fat in patients but is not as effective in this area as Kybella.  Coolsculpting does not contract the skin (since there is no heat).

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How Does Kybella Differ From Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve was a product that had a combination of phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate while Kybella is just Deoxycholic acid.  Lipodissolve had issues with permanent scarring, skin deformation and deep painful knots where the product was injected and was not FDA approved for removal of fat.  Although Kybella is also a version of injection lipolysis, its chemical structure appears to be much more stable and predictable with a much improved safety profile.  Kybella is FDA approved for injection lipolysis in the neck.

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Dr. Shah is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who has written over 50 scientific articles including three landmark articles about facial anatomy revolutionizing the way plastic surgery is performed. Dr. Shah specializes in Kybella and takes an analytical approach to patient recovery after the procedure. Based in Chicago, IL; Dr. Shah is not only recognized as one of the top plastics surgeon not only in the city of Chicago, but in the world.

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