Extra fat under the chin, often called a "double chin," is a common problem that can affect people of all ages and sizes. A double chin is often associated with excess weight, but you do not have to be overweight to have a double chin. Genetic factors, age and anatomy can also cause supplemental fat to accumulate beneath the jawline.
At The University of Kansas Health System, we offer a nonsurgical solution for dissolving supplemental fat under the chin. KYBELLA is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that metabolizes fat cells. KYBELLA is a safe, effective way to sculpt a more defined jawline without downtime.
What is KYBELLA?
Unlike liposuction, which uses a suctioning mechanism to remove fat cells, KYBELLA uses chemical compounds to dissolve unwanted fat under the chin. The results from KYBELLA often appear as if they were achieved naturally because the fat cells dissolve gradually, over a matter of weeks. For most people, injections take no longer than 15-30 minutes depending on the extent of concerns treated. Repeated treatments with KYBELLA achieve the best results. Usually, at least 2 treatment sessions are recommended.
Who can have KYBELLA?
KYBELLA is ideal treatment for people who want to reduce excess fat beneath the chin. Those interested in this nonsurgical neck contouring technique should also:
- Be at least 18 or older
- Have little to no skin laxity under the chin
- Not be pregnant or nursing
- Not have any infections or medical conditions that affect the injection site(s)
Individuals who have loose, inelastic skin on the face and neck may benefit more from a facelift and neck lift. One of our surgeons will perform a full evaluation during the initial consultation and talk with you about the best options for your needs.
During your consultation, our specialists will determine if you are a good candidate for KYBELLA and recommend the appropriate number of treatments.
How does KYBELLA work?
KYBELLA is delivered in a strategic series of small injections throughout the targeted area. The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring compound breaks down fat cells so that they can be easily metabolized by the body – eliminating them permanently. As fat cells are metabolized, the volume of treated fat pockets will diminish and the area should appear smoother and tighter over time.
Benefits and risks of KYBELLA
KYBELLA is currently the only FDA-approved injectable specifically designed to improve a double chin. This treatment offers many benefits when compared to surgical procedures, including:
- Long-lasting results
- Minimally invasive, in-office treatment
- No extensive downtime
All cosmetic and medical treatments involve some risk of complication, and the potential side effects that can occur after KYBELLA include trouble swallowing, bruising, ulcers or facial muscle weakness, among others. More common side effects from treatment include temporary swelling, tenderness or numbness. These reactions can be managed with self-care measures and over-the-counter pain medication.
Severe complications are considered extremely rare as long as you choose a qualified injector or surgeon to perform your treatment. Our medical team takes your safety very seriously and will never recommend KYBELLA if you are not a good candidate for the procedure.
What happens during KYBELLA injections?
KYBELLA is considered minimally invasive treatment and it requires little downtime. Injections are placed according to a planned diagram marked on the skin. This process takes about 30 minutes and is usually well tolerated.
Once the injections have been administered, ice is applied to reduce swelling and redness. Some mild swelling and bruising will be present in the treatment areas. However, this should dissipate in the days following the procedure. The full results of KYBELLA are typically seen within 3-4 months.
Your KYBELLA results should last indefinitely as long as you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Since the injectable is designed to break down fat cells permanently, you will be able to enjoy your new neck contours for a long time. However, you can still gain weight in your face after KYBELLA treatment. That's why it's important to stay active to preserve the aesthetic achieved with KYBELLA.