Kybella is a new non-invasive injectable treatment for submental fat (such as the double chin – or the “Turkey Neck” which refers to saggy skin under the neck area) that can significantly improve the chin contour to give you a younger looking more sculpted neck without the need for surgery. Kybella injections permanently diminish the fat under the neck and chin which would have previously required liposuction or a neck lift. Kybella, is a FDA-approved, synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a molecule that naturally occurs in our bodies, and helps metabolize fat.
A topical numbing cream is applied 15 minutes prior to the procedure. Dr. Green then injects lidocaine in the treated area for “double numbing”. This ensures the patient is very comfortable and experiences no discomfort during the procedure. She marks the treated area using a special template. Kybella is then injected into the submental area to dissolve the fat. After the procedure she has the patient apply ice for 15-20 minutes.
Immediately after and for several days later there may be localized swelling at the areas of injection as the fat is being dissolved. The swelling is a normal and expected part of the Kybella injections and is due to the deoxycholic acid dissolving the fat cells. The procedure generally takes 2- 4 treatments, which are spaced 4- 6 weeks apart.
Some patients who have a lot of fat under the chin may experience more swelling, and in some cases may choose to wear a blouse, silk scarf, or turtle neck sweater for a few days after the injections. Overall, our patients are thrilled with the procedure, and with having a permanent solution for removing unwanted fat under the neck without surgery.