Kybella - Chin Refinement

Manhattan Beauty Project

Of all the areas of the body to be plagued by unwanted fat, under the chin is one of the most difficult areas to resolve. Fat deposits that accumulate under the chin are stubbornly resistant to lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, and tend to persist even when pounds are shed from other areas of the body. These fat pockets beneath the chin form with age, as the collagen and elastin that previously held the fatty tissue of the face in place begins to diminish, allowing fatty tissue to slip down and collect to form a double chin and sometimes jowls.

A double chin can be embarrassing and make it difficult to feel confident in your own skin. It affects the way the entire face is perceived, and, unlike unwanted fat in other areas of the body, is all but impossible to conceal with even the most modest and flattering clothing. In pictures, it draws attention away from all other features and can leave you feeling self-conscious and embarrassed about your appearance. The Kybella™ procedure is the revolutionary fat elimination technology that specifically targets the unwanted fat stores that create a double chin.

Kybella™ is the first and only FDA-approved non-invasive treatment for permanently eliminating double chin, the unwanted fat (submental fat) below the chin. The active ingredient in Kybella™ is ATX 101, which is synthetically identical to deoxycholic acid, the naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected properly, Kybella™ dissolves and destroys fat cells under the chin, restoring and transforming your chin structure and neck region. Once destroyed, those cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, permanently eliminating double chin. While Kybella is FDA-approved for under the chin, we commonly perform Kybella off-label on other areas of the body. Whether you have a little or a lot of fat under your chin, Kybella can be used to safely dissolve the fat away to give you the profile you have always wanted. Kybella treatment only takes 20-25 minutes to complete. You can return to your regular activities as soon as you’re comfortable. Downtime post-Kybella treatment is much shorter than with a surgical treatment for a double chin. Kybella is proven to be effective and offers patients the opportunity to get rid of double chin without surgery. Once fat cells are destroyed, they do not regenerate. Kybella™ treatment for double chin provides permanent results. Kybella™ is a non-invasive non-surgical procedure and do not require any incisions.

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What to Expect from Your Treatment

The removal of fat targeted by Kybella™ in patients occurs as the weeks pass. Because this treatment method relies on the body's own waste elimination processes to reduce the amount of excess fat, you can expect the full results of the procedure to become apparent over the course of the 4 to 6 weeks following treatment. Some pain, swelling, and redness may be present immediately following the injection, but this dissipates fairly quickly. You can talk to Dr. Pantazopoulos about potential side effects, and other concerns or questions in a private, one-on-one consultation.

Is There Pain With a Kybella Treatment?

Many patients may have mild anesthetic injected prior to Kybella™ injections. As you will be getting several injections of Kybella™ to help resolve the excess fat creating a double chin, it is important to us that you feel comfortable. Patients report a mild stinging sensation which lasts for about fifteen minutes. Dr. Pantazopoulos' patients report the treatment is generally quite easy to tolerate.

How Long Will Kybella Treatments Last?

As Kybella™ leads to the destruction of fat cells beneath the chin, these cells can no longer store fat. Not all fat cells are affected, so it is important that you have a healthy diet and exercise program to maintain your weight, but generally speaking, even with minor weight gain, fat will not accumulate in that area in the future, so the results are truly lasting.

How Many Kybella Treatments Will I Need?

Every patient varies, and it depends upon the amount of fat under your chin and what you envision for yourself. Many patients have up to six total treatments, each of which takes place at least a month apart. Many people report visible results with two to four treatments, while others need the full six treatments to achieve the desired reduction in fat.

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