The first non-surgical remedy for “double chin” has just been approved by the FDA. At Better Life Clinics, we offer this life-changing procedure to our patients. Kybella™, an injectable synthetic form of a naturally occurring bile salt produced in the body by the liver to degrade fats/fatty acids, is being heralded as one of the most anticipated new non-invasive, low-downtime cosmetic procedures since Botox® and may soon surpass it in popularity.
WHAT IS KYBELLA™?
Submental fullness, or the “double chin”, is a condition that affects millions of people and leaves them feeling self-conscious, insecure, and embarrassed by their facial profile. There are several contributing factors, such as heredity and age, and many of those who have undesirable fat beneath the chin often hope to improve their condition through proper diet and exercise. But sometimes that isn’t enough, and the stubborn “double chin” remains.
These people often turn to plastic or dermatologic surgeon for advice but maybe discouraged to discover that their options are limited to surgical procedures like liposuction/liposculpting. That is until Kybella™ hit the market.
The first non-surgical injectable treatment for severe convexity and submental fullness was recently approved by the FDA and is sweeping through the world of cosmetic surgery and building up a hype comparable to that of Botox®.
Kybella™ was developed as an alternative to invasive surgical procedures used to correct the “double chin” or excessive chin fat. Treatment is performed here at the Better Life Clinics through periodic sessions (spaced 4-6 weeks apart) in which injections are administered directly to the area under the chin where the stubborn fat exists. Kybella™’s main component is a synthetic form of a bile salt produced in the liver call deoxycholic acid, which helps stimulate the absorption of fat as well as destroying fat cells while leaving the surrounding areas unaffected.
Kybella™ is the first non-surgical procedure approved to treat submental fat in adults. Double chins were previously corrected through liposuction/liposculpture, but many patients felt that it was too invasive for them. The need for a simple but powerful non-invasive alternative resulted in the development of Kybella™, which has been studied and proven to provide the same results of liposuction without the need for any incisions.
Kybella™ injections are, designed specifically to treat submental fullness and moderate to severe convexity. Throughout the clinical trials, adults between the ages of 18 and 26 were administered Kybella™ injections and 68.2% of patients responded well, reporting noticeable differences in their chin profile after two to four sessions. 79% of patients reported satisfaction with their faces, chins and necks post-treatment and noted an improvement in their self-confidence as well as a more positive body image. Those who felt self-conscious about their submental fullness reported feeling more confident with a thinner and more defined profile.
Kybella™ is anticipated to become a procedure high in demand due to the excellent results and safety profile and the fact that it can be administered during a regular office visit with little downtime. Kybella™ injections typically take only a 15-minute session at the Better Life Clinics The doctor will customize treatment sessions and individualize treatment plans for each patient. Most patients who receive Kybella™ injections notice a more defined contour of their chin profile after only two to four treatment sessions. Up to six sessions may be needed and administered to achieve optimal results. Fifteen to twenty injections can be administered during one session and each subsequent session will take place one month (~4 weeks) apart. Patients will receive ice/cold packs, topical or local injectable anesthetic before the Kybella injections are administered. The doctors will discuss which of these pain-limiting options is right for each patient. The only adverse effects that have been noted after the first treatment, are swelling, redness and mild pain/inflammation which typically disappears before the end of the first week.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
Like liposuction, Kybella™ is not a treatment intended to treat obesity. The ideal candidate for this procedure would be within 10 pounds of their ideal weight and practice a healthy lifestyle. Smokers and people on medication or with chronic health problems will have to speak with your physician to discuss whether they’re still eligible to receive Kybella™ injections or not. Patients with severe heavy chins/necks are not candidates and those with a lot of loose skin without fat are also not candidates. A formal evaluation with the doctor will determine if you are a candidate for Kybella™.