Kybella is an injectable medication that targets and gets rid of fat cells under the chin, which is also known as submental fullness. Fat in this area can build up over time, especially in those who tend to gain more weight as they age. It can also occur due to family genetics. Those who have a double chin typically have difficulty getting rid of it on their own. Kybella provides a safe and effective way to eliminate fat in this area.
Kybella contains a synthetic form of a molecule called deoxycholic acid. This acid plays a role in breaking fat from foods down and absorbing it. Kybella injections target fat cells under the chin and damage them, which means these cells can’t hold fat anymore. The body eliminates these damaged cells through natural means, resulting in permanent loss. The loss of these fat cells leads to a smoother chin.
Patients who have excess fat under the chin that they can’t get rid of generally make suitable candidates for Kybella. However, certain individuals shouldn’t have this treatment done, such as those who have an infection in the treated area. Patients should also let Dr. Kalsi know about any underlying medical conditions they have or if they’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Patients should also inform Dr. Kalsi about any medications or supplements they are taking.
Kybella treatments involve receiving several injections in the area under the chin to target fat cells. Patients generally don’t experience discomfort during treatment, although they might have some sorenessafterwards. Kybella treatments usually take 15-20 minutes to perform. The number of Kybella treatments each patient needs depends on their chin profile. Dr. Beri will advise on how many treatments are recommended after the evaluation.
Kybella is generally safe, but it does have a few risks. Serious side effects, which are rare, include damage to nerves in the jaw that can lead to difficulty swallowing and smiling. More common side effects include bruising and swelling in the treated area. Some patients also experience discomfort, redness, or numbness in the treated area, although these are usually mild.
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