As we age, our skin becomes a little more loose, and due to the effects of time and gravity some areas are more susceptible to general droopiness. One specific area that we’re often asked about how it can be treated is the infamous double chin and sagging that can occur in the jowls & cheek area. This loose skin can cause one to be very self-conscious, and often this is the area where skin tightening procedures can make a real difference to how we feel about our appearance.
Kybella Treatments for the Jowls, Cheeks & Neck area
A treatment that is often asked about for targeting the neck area and to give the appearance of a neck lift, are Kybella injections. One question that’s we’re commonly asked by male and female patients is if Kybella can also be used on the jowls? The answer is yes it can. Regardless of whether Kybella is used for the neck, double chin or the jowls, this treatment can have a positive effect on the skin laxity, neck fat and jowl fat that accumulates in these area and the lower face. Thermage is often used in conjunction with Kybella for tightening the skin around the neck and jowls. On the other hand, while we also do get asked about treatments for the cheek area too, Kybella has not been FDA approved for the cheek area.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella – also known as ATX-101, is made from deoxycholic acid. Kybella is an injectable drug approved by the FDA designed to target submental fat in the jowl and neck area of the face. FDA approval for treatments is important because this means the drug is thoroughly tested and proven to be effective.
The amount of fat that Kybella can target is moderate to severe which means it can be very effective for a wide range of individuals. Kybella is designed to target small areas of fat in the submental area, specifically in the chin and jowl locations. Kybella is injected into the target area and the substance helps break down the fat and the fat cells are removed through the body’s own natural processes.
For the most effective results the patient will require between two and four sessions. After the first treatment session the patient should wait a month until having the second treatment. Sessions are generally spaced a month apart. The reason for this is because the removal of fat occurs over time and is a relatively slow process.
What are the side effects of Kybella?
When it comes to side effects, generally these are minimal. There may be some swelling around the area where the series of injections occurred, along with some general soreness, bruising and numbness. Some people dislike injections so there may be some perceived pain. In addition to this, at first you may also experience a burning sensation when the injections take place, but this fades after a few minutes and a topical numbing cream is applied to help reduce this further when necessary. In terms of non-surgical treatments designed to tackle facial rejuvenation, without having to visit a plastic surgeon, Kybella is a very effective and popular treatment.
Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments including Kybella. Find out more and contact us online or at 212 535 3088 to arrange an appointment.