Just a bit of extra fat in the upper throat area will create the presence of a "double chin" that may be unwanted to both women and men. The additional pockets of fat below the chin (or the submental area) can be caused by aging, genetics, or weight fluctuations that lead to a softer jawline and chin for a less defined profile. Ocean Plastic Surgery Center in Los Alamitos is happy to provide a revolutionary technique to address this specific issue. Approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Kybella is a new nonsurgical option for upper neck fat. The active component in Kybella is a synthetically made version of deoxycholic acid (DA), which works similarly to the body's natural DA to dissolve and absorb fat cells. After it has been injected beneath the chin, you can see a visible decrease in the amount of fat. When the fat is removed, the cells will not regenerate so you can enjoy your new slender neck and defined jawline for years to come.
The ideal candidates for Kybella injectable treatments have unwanted fat in the upper throat (submental area) that creates a double chin or unwanted volume. This injection addresses resistant areas of fat that can't be removed with common weight loss techniques due to genetics, aging, and several other conditions. If you are near a healthy, stable weight, but exercise and diet have not been able to eliminate the fat in your submental area, Kybella may be the correct option for your goals. While Kybella can be used to treat small or moderate pockets of fat in the upper neck, significant pockets of fat may be better addressed by surgical neck liposuction at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center.
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Kybella is done during an appointment in one of Ocean Plastic Surgery Center's treatment rooms. A numbing gel may be applied to the injected area, if desired, once the skin is clean. The procedure lasts around 15 minutes, which comprises of a few small injections into the upper neck area. Some patients may require a single treatment to get to their desired look while some may want a few injections spaced three to four weeks apart.
What to Expect
Injections of Kybella don't need general anesthesia so you will be allowed to leave our office when you are ready. You may notice short-term swelling, numbness, or bruising below your chin, although this shouldn't last more than a couple of days. Contact Ocean Plastic Surgery Center right away if you notice any unusual symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, facial muscle weakness, or uneven facial expressions. While the fat that is eliminated does not regenerate, the cells left over can grow larger so you need to keep a stable weight after your Kybella treatments to keep new pockets of fat from developing. Ideal results after this procedure leave your neck appearing tighter and slimmer, and your neckline will be better defined.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Kybella cost?
Kybella treatment costs will vary based on how many appointments you need. In your initial consultation, a personalized treatment plan will be made to match your goals. A member of our staff will also go over the payments we accept in your first appointment.
How does Kybella work?
Deoxycholic acid, the active ingredient in Kybella, is designed to break down fat cells in the upper neck. Once the fat cells are eliminated, these cells cannot regenerate. This is why more injections shouldn't be needed after you have met your goal.
Can Kybella be used to treat other areas of the body?
Right now, Kybella may only be used to treat the upper neck. Kybella can effectively minimize the fat in the upper neck that creates the appearance of a double chin. Kybella isn't approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for any other areas of the face or body.
Am I eligible for a Kybella treatment?
Before your consultation, you will answer a few questions to make sure you are a candidate for Kybella treatments. You need to be at least 18 years old, not breastfeeding or pregnant, and you should not have an active infection in or around your neck. Before the process begins, you are encouraged to be open about your medical history and health concerns so we can determine if you may be at risk for an adverse reaction from the treatment.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
At your initial consultation, a personalized injection plan will be created to match your goals. Usually, patients get between 2 – 4 Kybella injections to achieve their goals. Kybella appointments need to be made around 30 days apart. You shouldn't receive more than six injections.
Plan Your Procedure
a refined, touchable jawline
Even though everybody else in your family may have to mask their genetic double chin, that does not mean you have to. Make an initial consultation at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center in Los Alamitos, CA to get more information about the new Kybella injectable treatments. Minimize your double chin so you can enjoy a strong jawline today.