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Kybella is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment, whose popularity has increased since its inception, with men choosing now more than ever to have cosmetic injectables. More male patients are seeking out Kybella injections each year at the New York office of Dr. Michele Green. In fact, Kybella is ahead of the trend for cosmetic procedures among men overall, with males now representing 17% of the overall market – whereas on average, cosmetic procedures are 10% male patient based. Some doctors are even reporting up to 40% of their Kybella patients are now men. Dr. Michele Green has been treating male patients in her NYC practice with Kybella since it was FDA approved in 2015 for submental fullness. In fact, almost 50% of the patients consulting with Dr. Green for Kybella and other cosmetic treatments are now men. 

Kybella, was originally manufactured by Allergan, and is composed of deoxycholic acid, a natural substance in our bodies which dissolves fat cells. Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable treatment which destroys submental fat cells.  Kybella is approved to contour the chin and jawline by eliminating the fat cells which cause the double chin. Unlike invasive liposuction, Kybella destroys the fat cells without anesthesia, surgical incisions, or downtime. 

Kybella has gained popularity among men who otherwise have not previously had any cosmetic treatment since treating a “double chin” is a very important procedure for men. Unlike other invasive cosmetic surgery treatments, such as a facelift or liposuction, Kybella is a noninvasive method of body contouring. Most male patents are reticent to have plastic surgery and cannot afford the significant recovery time time, or absence from work, associated with cosmetic surgery. Through a series of Kybella treatments, Dr. Green can eliminate submental fullness, destroy the excess fat around the chin, and remove the double chin, without any downtime.


Why do men love Kybella treatment?

With the pressure of looking younger, and social media on the rise, men are more conscious than ever before with their appearance. Whether it be on instagram, Tik Tok, or Facebook, men are uneasy with their double chin and want to improve their profile and jawline. Luckily, with Kybella and other noninvasive procedures, such as Coolsculpting and Thermage, this sculpted jawline can be achieved without surgery.

By treating the double chin with Kybella, many male patients comment that they feel more comfortable with their shirt collars after having treatment, allowing them to wear a tailored shirt or tie more comfortably. In the workplace, men face the same challenges and pressures  in looking younger, as women do. The main difference is that men are generally more private and usually do not talk to their friends about cosmetic procedures. However, the stigma of men having cosmetic treatments has significantly changed within the last several years, with more men seeking Botox, Juvederm, laser rejuvenation and body contouring treatments.

For men in particular, the double chin is one of the first areas where men start to notice the visible signs of aging. This area of stubborn fat can make a man appear much older than he is. The good news is that with as little as three to four treatments of Kybella injections, these fat cells can be destroyed, resulting in a younger looking appearance. Since the submental fat, is an area of fat which does not always respond well to diet and exercise, Kybella is am amazing way to achieve your aesthetic goals. Prior to Kybella injections, only invasive procedures, like liposuction, could remove the excess fat from under the chin and achieve a lasting contouring of the neck.

How can Kybella work for me?

As one of the first cosmetic dermatologists in NYC approved to use Kybella, Dr. Michele S. Green has treated male and female patients of all ages. Originally known as ATX-101 and deoxycholic Acid, Kybella is a non surgical FDA  approved injectable to achieve fat reduction in the neck and chin area. Deoxycholic acid is a natural chemical produced by the body, which destroys fat cells. This same molecule was perfected to use an injectable treatment, to destroy fat cells in the submental area, of the neck and double chin.

Kybella injections were FDA approved in 2015 to improve ones jaw line or double chin. Kybella is also used “off label” to destroy fat cells in other areas of the body, including the abdomen, back fat, knee area, and other areas of fat bulges. One reason for Kybella’s success is its convenience. The procedure is quick and can be even done during your lunch break in Dr. Green’s Upper East Side office. The treatment itself takes around 20 minutes and the main side effect is swelling and bruising the day of the procedure, at the site of injection, and for a few days afterwards.

What is involved in a session of Kybella treatment?

Before your Kybella treatment you should avoid taking any aspirin or blood thinners for one week, to avoid unnecessary bruising. We also recommend discontinuing vitamins or supplements containing Vitamin E or fish oil to minimize bruising. Dr. Green will prescribe a topical anesthetic to the injection site one hour prior to your treatment. The topical anesthetic will minimize any discomfort that you may experience. As an advanced injector, Dr. Green will use a grid to mark the proper injection site. You may experience bruising and swelling in the treatment area for three to five days, but swelling at times can last up to two weeks. The results of Kybella injections are not immediate, and it takes approximately three to six weeks to see the full effects of each treatment. 

How does Kybella work?

Kybella contains a unique formulation of deoxycholic acid. It is the active ingredient and a naturally occurring substance in the gut which metabolizes dietary fat. Kybella injections break down the fat cells in the area of injection, in this case the double chin. Patients will see visible results in just two to four treatment sessions. Treatments are scheduled four to six weeks apart for the best results. The full cosmetic results are observed three to six weeks after a series of injections.

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How is Kybella different for males than females?

Male patients will generally have larger necks and more fat in the submental area. Since they generally have a larger amount of fat, they may require a higher dose of Kybella and/or more treatment sessions. In addition, male patients may have skin laxity and may want to combine Kybella injections with other procedures such as the Thermage laser for skin tightening. Many men, even more than women, are genetically predisposed to fat accumulation under the chin. For men who have a genetic proclivity for a double chin, Kybella is the best solution to treat this area. Patients no longer need to feel self-conscious about their appearance since there is a safe and effective treatment now available.

Men and additional neck rejuvenating treatments

Men are bothered by the appearance of their necks and often ask Dr. Green what are the best treatments for this area. Men want to look younger, either for themselves, career advancement, or may want to look their best while dating. Dr. Green was recently quoted in Forbes on “The Importance of Men’s Grooming and Cosmetic Treatments for Business.” Dr. Green states

“I rely on the ‘trifecta’ of treatments, including Thermage, Coolsculpting, and Kybella. Thermage produces new collagen and tightens the skin through radiofrequency heat, while Coolsculpting and Kybella permanently treat the fat under the neck to give a more youthful appearance with no downtime.”

Dr. Green combines Coolsculpting and Kybella injections for fat reduction with Thermage for skin tightening, to have the best cosmetic results to rejuvenate your neck. The neck, jowls, and chin area are an extremely important area of cosmetic concern, for both men and women. One of the reasons that these procedures are so popular is that men are able to have these procedures without having any visible signs of having had any treatment done. The fact that there is no recovery time makes these cosmetic treatments ideal for our male patients.

Can Kybella be combined with other procedures to help rejuvenate the neck in men?

Yes, Kybella injections are often combined with laser skin tightening, with the Thermage laser, BBL, or Thermage FLX to complement the rejuvenating effect of the injections. In addition, many male patients have Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Coolsculpting, Sculptra, V-beam laser and Fraxel laser treatments to rejuvenate the neck or other areas of the face. Men are more interested now than ever before in skin care and facial rejuvenation.

Does Kybella work?

Yes, clinical trials have showed how effective Kybella injections are for both male and female patients. This nonsurgical treatment destroys the fat cells, which are slowly metabolized and eliminated through the body. Once the fat cells are destroyed in the treatment area, they do not return.

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Patient Testimonials

Patients have been extremely happy with the experience of Kybella injections. Most patients do not want the downtime of cosmetic surgery, which visiting a plastic surgeon entails. A series of injections offers patients a nonsurgical effective way to remove the double chin with almost no recovery time. Patients will experience a visible contouring of their chin profile and is a solution for their double chin. It is best to google these treatments, physicians, and cosmetic options, in advance of your consultation. In this way, you can have a clear idea of the cosmetic treatment you are considering and the downtime, if any, that is involved.

How do I get started with Kybella injections in NYC?

To find out more about Kybella and other cosmetic injectables, it is best to schedule an in person consultation with Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green is an expert in NYC in minimally invasive cosmetic dermatology and has been treating both men and women for over 25 years. She will help you create a more defined look and say goodbye to the “double chin” – contact us online today or call Dr. Michele Green’s NYC based office at 212-535-3088

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