Just a little extra fat in the upper neck area can create the presence of a "double chin" that can be unwanted to both women and men. The additional pockets of fat under the chin (also known as the submental area) can be caused by genetics, aging, or weight fluctuations that lead to a softer jawbone and chin for a less defined profile. Approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Kybella is a new nonsurgical treatment for upper neck fat. The active component in Kybella is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which works similarly like the body's natural DA to dissolve and absorb fat cells. After it is injected under the chin, you can see a visible decrease in fat. When the fat is destroyed, the cells cannot return, so you can enjoy your new, slim neck and strong jawline for years to come. Call our Dothan, AL office to learn more.
The ideal candidates for Kybella injections have excess fat in the upper neck (submental area), which creates a double chin or unwanted fullness. This injection treats resistant pockets of fat that can't be reduced with normal weight loss techniques due to genetics, aging, and several other conditions. If you are at a healthy, stable weight, but exercise and diet have not helped to reduce the fat in your upper neck, Kybella may be the correct treatment for you. While Kybella can reduce small or moderate pockets of fat in the upper neck, larger pockets of fat may be better suited for surgical neck liposuction at Martin Plastic Surgery.
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Kybella is performed during an appointment in one of our treatment rooms. Dr. Martin will usually apply a numbing ointment to the treatment area, if requested, once the skin has been cleansed. The injection lasts around 15 minutes, which comprises of several small injections into the upper neck area. Patients may only need a single treatment to reach their goal, while others may need multiple injections spaced three weeks between each appointment at Martin Plastic Surgery.
What to Expect
Kybella doesn't need general anesthesia, so you are able to leave our office when you are ready to return to your normal routine. You may have short-term swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin, but this shouldn't last more than a few days. Contact Martin Plastic Surgery right away if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, facial muscle weakness, or if your facial expressions are uneven. While the fat that is eliminated do not regenerate, the remaining cells can become larger, so you should 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 slimmer and tighter and your neckline will be better defined.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Kybella cost?
The price of Kybella treatments will depend on the size of the area being treated. Before your consultation, a customized plan will be created that can work to fit your specific budget. A member of our team can also discuss alternative payment options with you during your consultation.
How does Kybella work?
The active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, works to break down and destroy fat cells in the body. After they are destroyed, these fat cells will not grow back. Therefore, additional Kybella treatments are not typically necessary once you have reached your desired outcome.
Can Kybella be used to treat other areas of the body?
Currently, Kybella is only available for treatment of the area below the chin. Kybella has been proven to effectively reduce the appearance of a double chin. However, it has not yet been FDA approved for use on other areas of the body.
Who is not eligible for a Kybella treatment?
There are a few factors that could make an individual unable to receive a Kybella treatment. Candidates must be over the age of 18, cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding, and cannot have any infection at the treatment site. Prior to receiving treatment, you should share any health concerns and your medical history with your injector so that they can decide if you are eligible for treatment.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
During your consultation, a customized treatment plan will be tailored to meet your desired results. Most often, patients receive between 2 – 4 Kybella treatments before achieving their wanted outcome. Kybella treatments must also be spaced about one month apart with six maximum treatments total.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 5 - 10 minutes
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reduce Neck Fat Today
Even though everybody else in your family has to hide their genetic double chin, it does not mean you will. Make a consultation with Dr. Martin to get more information about the new Kybella injections at Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL. Reduce submental fat so you can have a strong, well-defined jawline today. We look forward to helping you achieve your best profile yet with this nonsurgical treatment.