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Kybella is an FDA-approved non-surgical injection for reducing the submental fat that frequently forms underneath the chin. Before Kybella was introduced, the only practical methods of fat reduction in this area were surgical, involving anesthesia, incisions and a recovery period. Kybella does away with the commitment required for surgery without compromising results in the right patients.

The Submental Fat Issue

Submental fat often forms beneath the jawline due to aging rather than weight gain. Many people find the fat formation to be just as bothersome as the appearance of wrinkles. Submental fat can make you look heavier, even if you haven’t gained a pound. It is also impossible to remove through diet and exercise in most cases.

What is Kybella?

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in your body. Deoxycholic acid is responsible for helping the body absorb fats in the intestines. When it is injected into the excess fat underneath the chin, Kybella destroys the targeted fat cells, allowing the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems to eliminate them. The submental fat disappears over time and will not come back.

Kybella tends to work best on patients with good skin elasticity and not a significant amount of loose skin along the jawline. If skin laxity is moderate or severe, a surgical procedure will still likely be needed to produce the best results. Dr. Lickstein does offer surgical neck lifts for this purpose and can advise you on which treatment will provide you the most attractive outcome.

Benefits of Kybella

Kybella offers multiple advantages in reducing submental fat without surgery:

  • No incisions to leave visible scarring afterward
  • No anesthesia or anesthesia-related risks
  • Deoxycholic acid is a substance produced by the body
  • Injections can be performed right in our office
  • No significant downtime after the procedure
  • Results are long-lasting once they are achieved

Non-Surgical Procedure, Permanent Results

Dr. Lickstein begins his Kybella procedures by marking a grid pattern underneath the chin to indicate where the injections will be placed. We will apply a local anesthetic before your treatment to ensure your comfort throughout. Dr. Lickstein will administer many injections – often between 30 and 50 – to produce a smooth and natural result. It should take no more than one hour to complete your procedure.

You will be able to return to activities immediately following your Kybella treatment. Since it is common to have some swelling and soreness in the treatment area for a few days, we advise patients to apply ice to the area as needed to help manage these side effects. Over-the-counter pain medication may also be used as needed. The discomfort associated with treatment should not be significant enough to keep you from most of your daily tasks.

At least two Kybella treatments are often necessary for the best possible results. Patients with more significant amounts of submental fat may require additional treatments. Once those results become apparent, they should be long-lasting since the destroyed fat cells will not return.

If you are ready to say goodbye to submental fat but are hesitant about a surgical procedure, Kybella might be the right treatment choice for you. To learn more, contact Lickstein Plastic Surgery today at 561-571-4000.