Kybella for Non-Surgical Double Chin Reduction
Looking for a reduction in your double chin and a smoother-looking jaw line without liposuction? Kybella is the very first FDA approved non-surgical alternative to liposuction for double chin reduction. This injectable treatment gently melts away unwanted fat beneath the chin, revealing a more youthful, contoured jawline.
We not only offer Kybella treatments for double chin reduction here at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana; we also took part in the clinical trials that led to the FDA approval of Kybella. Furthermore, we’re experts in fat reduction via liposuction, making us uniquely qualified to offer non-surgical fat reduction treatments to our patients in Indianapolis.
Kybella is designed to target fat cells so that they naturally start to break down. Once injected, the fat cells are destroyed and naturally eliminated by the body over time via the lymphatic system. After a series of treatments (usually four to six), patients see a significant reduction in unwanted double chin fat. The best part? Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are gone for good! Your body will not produce new fat cells to take their place. Kybella is a permanent reduction in fat cells.
Kybella Clinical Trials at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana
Dr. C. William Hanke of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana was an investigator on the clinical trial that led to FDA approval of KYBELLA on April 29, 2015.
Additionally, Dr. Hanke and our accredited clinical trials facility here at The LASSI have been hand-picked to conduct numerous trials for dermatology treatments, including the original BOTOX clinical trial.
With years of experience in skin care, dermatology and cosmetic surgery, the team at our Indiana dermatology practice are skilled at a wide range of procedures. In addition to Kybella treatments for non-surgical double chin reduction, Dr. Hanke and our team are experienced using liposuction to reduce body fat and submental fullness beneath the chin, making us uniquely qualified to perform non-surgical double chin reduction in patients.
What to Expect During Your Kybella Consultation
You will begin with a consultation with our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hanke. He will start by addressing your expectations and desired results. Our staff will also take a full medical history to make sure that you do not have any allergies or health problems that could cause unwanted side effects from a Kybella treatment. To ensure your safety and good results, it’s important to disclose your entire medical history, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and even supplements. If you are not a good candidate for Kybella, Dr. Hanke will work with you to explore other options, such as tumescent liposuction, to reduce submental fullness.
What to Expect During Your Kybella Treatment
After arriving at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, we will discuss the treatment with you and ensure you’re in good health before receiving the Kybella injections. Before treatment begins, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. A series of dots are then placed under the chin with even spaces between them to guide the injection process and ensure that the area is sufficiently covered using Kybella injections. Using a fine-gauge needle, our dermatologist will then inject Kybella near these dots until the entire area has been treated with Kybella. Afterward, we will apply ice to the area, provide you with aftercare instructions and schedule your next treatment session.
While Kybella might not be for everyone, non-surgical interventions for cosmetic treatments are growing increasingly popular and effective, and Kybella is a good alternative for liposuction for many patients looking to eliminate double chin fat. However, with every treatment, even cosmetic procedures, come questions and concerns. We’ve assembled this informative Kybella FAQ to help you get started before your initial consultation with our dermatology specialists at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana.
How does Kybella work?
Each injection of Kybella contains deoxycholic acid. This molecule is normally used by the body to help with breaking down and absorbing fat. When injected, it immediately begins to work to destroy fat cells. Once these fat cells have been broken down and eliminated by the body, they can never return.
How is Kybella administered?
Kybella is administered by a board-certified dermatologist or certified injection specialist who is medically trained and licensed (such as a PA or NP). Using a fine-gauge needle, the area is first numbed with a local anesthetic. Your dermatologist will then administer a series of injections using a similar fine-gauged needle.
Who is a good candidate for Kybella double chin reduction?
The only way to decide if Kybella is right for you is to discuss the treatment with your doctor. If you suffer from a double chin or submental fat, then this treatment was designed with you in mind. If you are in reasonably good health and don’t have any medical history that would disqualify you from safely receiving treatments, then you are likely a good candidate for this procedure.
What are the ingredients?
Previously called ATX-101, Kybella is comprised of a molecule known as deoxycholic acid. This molecule is naturally found in the body and is known for breaking down body fats. When the synthetic form of deoxycholic acid is injected into your double chin, it melts away the fat cells.
Are Kybella injections painful?
The average patient receives 12 to 20 injections during each visit. Due to the number of injections administered, we provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
Can anesthesia be used?
Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, is used to numb the treatment area and ensure patient comfort during a Kybella double chin reduction treatment.
How long does treatment take?
The average procedure takes just 20 minutes or less to perform. In total, you will have four to six treatments that are spaced one month apart from each other.
When will I see results?
It normally takes four to six weeks for the results to really become noticeable. Depending on the chin profile that you are looking for, you may have to wait for up to four or six treatments to occur to achieve the exact profile that you want. While you undergo the treatments, your chin will continue to lose fat and look slimmer.
How long do results last?
The results will last for years after the procedure has been completed. This is because the injection destroys fat cells permanently. However, patients who gain weight after treatment may see a resurgence in double chin fat. For most patients, Kybella treatments will not be needed once the initial treatment series has been completed.
Is there any downtime?
We recommend that patients take a few hours to recover after a Kybella treatment. Relaxation after your treatment is important, and we encourage patients to ice the area following treatment. For several days following the procedure, patients will likely see some bruising and swelling to the treatment area. This will subside more quickly with the application of ice and avoidance of blood thinners like alcohol and aspirin.
How much does Kybella cost? Is it affordable?
The cost is generally similar or less than liposuction. Unlike liposuction, the recovery time is faster without the risks that come with surgery.
Who shouldn’t get Kybella?
You should not use Kybella if you have an infection in the treatment area. You should also tell your dermatologist if you have had cosmetic treatments in the past, bleeding problems or trouble swallowing. Like most medical procedures, you should also let your dermatologist know about any prescriptions, vitamins, herbal supplements or over-the-counter medicines that you may be taking before using Kybella.
What are the potential side effects?
The most common side effects of using Kybella include hardness around the treatment area, swelling, redness, bruising, pain or numbness. These will subside after a few days, however. Rarely, serious side effects like muscle weakness in the face, difficulties smiling, an uneven smile or nerve injury may occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical assistance immediately.
Can this treatment be used anywhere else on the body for fat reduction?
Kybella is currently FDA approved for double chin fat only. The safety and effectiveness has not been verified on body fat in areas other than the double chin.
Where can I find Kybella before and after photos and testimonials?
Users of Kybella say that it has helped them with their genetic predisposition to double chins. In addition, some users have noted that this injectable treatment was effective at making their “face weight” match up with their slimmer body weight. Testimonials on RealSelf.com show the range of results available from this treatment process in addition to the official website.
Where can I get more information about double chin reduction with Kybella or liposuction?
The best way to get more information about getting rid of your double chin is to contact us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hanke and our team. We’ll be able to answer any questions you may have about Kybella, was well as help you determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment or if liposuction is the preferable option for you. Contact us today for a consultation.