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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 undergoing a surgical procedure.

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 social pressures generally encourage men to be more private and 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 an 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.

Kybella & Thermage before and after

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 one’s 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 and accessibility. 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.

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.

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 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.

What happens after the first treatment of Kybella?

After the first Kybella treatment, you can expect to experience some minor swelling as the treatment takes affect. The active ingredient in the Kybella injection, deoxycholic acid, causes an enzymatic reaction when it begins to dissolve the membrane of the fat cells, and, as a result, the area begins to swell. Typically, the swelling caused by Kybella injections is most severe after the first session, as that is when the fat cell content in the area is highest, and will be more and more mild with each subsequent treatment session. The swelling will go down for most patients within five to seven days, though there are many ways for patients to lessen swelling at home during that time.

After Kybella treatment patients should be advised to sleep with their head elevated and Patients can also apply an ice compress to the treatment area, though ice compresses should not be applied directly to the skin. There are also certain medications that can be acquired such as Cetirzine, which is an over the counter antihistamine, that should be taken the day prior and the day after the procedure to lessen the potential swelling. The oral steroid, Medrol, can also be an effective way to mitigate inflammation or swelling following the Kybella treatment.

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Kybella before and after photo

How many rounds of Kybella treatment do you need?

In order to achieve the most optimal effects, Kybella treatment should be repeated three to four times. The exact number of treatments necessary depends on several factors, including the concentration of fat cells in the treatment area, the size of the patient’s neck, and the patient’s aesthetic needs. When you have your initial consultation, Dr. Green will examine the treatment area and you will discuss your goals so that Dr. Green can determine the treatment schedule that will work best for you. Treatments will be spaced four to six weeks a part to allow time for the deoxycholic acid fat dissolving process to fully take place. The results of the treatment will begin to be visible starting after the very first treatment session.

What are the side effects of Kybella?

The side effects of Kybella are generally mild and minimal. For five to seven days after the procedure, patients may experience swelling, bruising, soreness, or redness around the injection site, symptoms that will resolve themselves over time. More serious side effects are very rare and may include hair loss at or near the injection site or infection. It is very important to seek treatment from an experienced injector. Less experienced injectors are more likely to cause temporary submandibular nerve damage if the injections are done improperly.

Additional Male 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 CPT, Botox injections, BBL, or Thermage FLX to complement the rejuvenating effect of the injections. In addition, many male patients have Juvederm and Restylane dermal fillers, 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. When it comes to maintaining a sculpted jawline and a youthful face, Dr. Green recommends the use of dermal fillers, such as Restylane or Juvederm for optimal face contouring. Fillers can help to replace volume lost in the midface and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Juvederm and Restylane line of products are hyaluronic acid fillers, which boost production of collagen to eliminate wrinkles with a natural look. Dr. Green is an expert in the less-is-more approach to dermal fillers to help men look naturally more youthful.

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CoolSculpting versus Kybella treatment

CoolSculpting for the fat reduction is another non-surgical treatment that Dr. Green will also use in combination with Kybella treatment. The CoolSculpting treatment works to reduce pockets of fat with the process of cryolipolysis, which uses freezing cold temperatures to destroy fat cells. The procedure is approved to treat excess fat in the abdomen, legs, arms, and banana roll, as well as the neck and jawline. In order to contour the neck and jawline, Dr. Green employs the use of the CoolMini, which is a smaller, vacuum-like applicator to better serve these areas of the body. The process works by placing a roll of fat in between two of the applicator’s panels, which freeze the fat cells in the treatment area. These low temperatures cause the fat cells to rupture and be metabolized by the body, thereby reducing the fatty tissue there. CoolSculpting can decrease the concentration of fat in a given area by up to 25% for each application. Often, Dr. Green will use the CoolMini to essentially “debulk” an area that has a large amount of fat tissue before using the Kybella injections to treat the remaining fat cells.

Does Kybella work to treat the double chin?

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. This is a particularly useful method for eliminating excess fat in areas of the body where fatty tissue accumulates and can stick around – even when patients have lost weight or are maintaining a diet or exercise regime. The double chin is one such area and Kybella is FDA-approved specifically to treat that region. When injected into the submental fullness under the chin, Kybella injections melt away the double chin in as few as four treatment sessions with no downtime.

How long does Kybella last?

Kybella injections have a permanent cosmetic result. Kybella destroys the fat cells in the treatment area and trigger the body’s natural processes for metabolizing these fat cells and they are excreted. It can take multiple sessions and several months for the full effects of these permanent treatment to become visible. Once patients have received 3-4 treatments, the results of the procedure are permanent. provided that patients maintain their target weight.

Does Kybella last forever?

Kybella injectable treatment is a permanent procedure for the elimination of fat cells in the treatment area. The deoxycholic acid present in the injection destroys the fat cells that have accumulated in the area permanently to eliminate the double chin and contour the jawline. The treatment is best for patients that are at or near their target weight, however, as Kybella will not prevent the accumulation of fat cells if patients gain weight following the treatment. Should weight gain occur and excess fat is accumulated in the submental region again, patients can receive Kybella treatment again.

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Kybella before and after

Patient Testimonials

Patients have been extremely happy with the experience of Kybella injections. As a part of the FDA-approval process, Kybella was rigorously tested in clinical trials in order to determine the effectiveness of treatment and patient satisfaction. In the more than 20 clinical trials that have been done on Kybella, researchers found that between 70 and 80% of patients had improved satisfaction with their appearance following the treatment. When studies were done on the long-term effects of the procedure, researchers found that between 75 and 90% of patients were still satisfied with the results up to five years later.

Dr. Green has also received many patient testimonials detailing their enthusiasm for the procedure and her office staff. Most patients do not want the downtime of cosmetic surgery, which visiting a plastic surgeon entails, which is why they choose to work with expert, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Green. A series of injections offers patients a nonsurgical effective way to remove the double chin with almost no recovery time. Her patients will experience a visible contouring of their chin profile and is a solution for their double chin, and many leave very satisfied with the results and the helpful staff at Dr. Green’s office.

How much does Kybella for the double chin cost?

The cost of Kybella treatments depends on many factors, including the geographic region in which you are receiving treatment, the type of institution at which you are receiving the procedure, and your specific physical and aesthetics needs. Each patient is different in terms of the build up of fatty tissue in the treatment area and the size of their neck. As such, the number of vials of Kybella and treatment sessions necessary to provide optimal results may vary from patient to patient. Further, the price of treatment will change depending on whether or not you require CoolSculpting to debulk the area or Thermage to tighten the skin, or any other additional procedure. When you have your consultation with Dr. Green, she will be able to determine your treatment schedule and her office can provide you with a better estimate of the cost of the treatment.

How do I find the best provider for Kybella injections in NYC?

When looking for a provider for any cosmetic treatment, Kybella included, it is important to do your research. You should Google any potential providers to look up their qualifications and read reviews that patients leave about their satisfaction with the procedures and treatments. Dr. Green is an expert, board-certified NYC dermatologist who has been consistently voted as one of the best doctors in New York City by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, The New York Times, and New York Magazine. She has been practicing as a dermatologist on the Upper East Side for over 25 years and has extensive experience with a wide variety of cosmetic treatments including Kybella, Thermage, CoolSculpting, Botox, dermal fillers, and more. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists in NYC to inject Kybella in NYC and is considered one of the best cosmetic injectors in New York.

How do I get started with Kybella injections for the double chin today?

If you are feeling frustrated with stubborn pockets of fat and submental fullness creating the appearance of a double chin, or you are looking to contour your jawline, Kybella injectable treatments may be the best place to start. This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure offers stunning results with no downtime, which is perfect for working patients. To find out more about Kybella and other cosmetic injectables, it is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green has been treating some of the most discerning patients on the Upper East Side of NYC for over 25 years. To schedule a consultation today to see if Kybella is the best treatment for you, please contact us online today or call Dr. Michele Green’s NYC based office at 212-535-3088

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