Submental fullness under the chin is often commonly referred to as a double chin. It can be stubborn and refuse to leave regardless of changes in diet in exercise. Kybella is a injectable treatment option that avoids surgery and has proven to be successful for patients.
Billed as the “first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to reduce fat under the chin”, Kybella works by physically destroying fat cells in the neck area of patients who want to reduce submental fullness.
Here’s how it works. There is a naturally occurring molecule in the body called deoxycholic acid. It is produced in the intestines and helps with the break down and absorption of dietary fats. Deoxycholic acid is also known as cholanoic acid and has been applied for use in human medicine since its discovery, including in the prevention and treatment of gallstones.
Compared to invasive surgery, Kybella is a relatively short procedure. In fact, the entire procedure can be done in less than an hour for patients who are good candidates. During the procedure, a small dotted grid is applied to the skin to mark the injection spots on the targeted under-chin area. Once the treatment area has been properly prepared, Kybella is injected by the the trained provider. At Vujevich Dermatology Associates, all procedures are performed by a board-certified dermatologist.
If you are interested in learning more, you can consult with a doctor to determine if you are a good candidate. You should disclose any current medications, past bleeding problems, and prior treatments on the face, neck, or chin. Female patients should disclosure their status and plans regarding pregnancy and breast-feeding.
The most common side effects of Kybella include temporary swelling, pain, bruising, numbness, redness of the skin, and areas of hardness.
Vujevich Dermatology Associates offers medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology from some of the most highly trained physicians and clinicians in the greater Pittsburgh area. You can reach our team at 412-429-2570 or visit our contact page to see our locations in Mt. Lebanon and Washington. You can also follow us on Facebook.