What is Kybella?

According to a 2015 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Society (ASDS), 67% of people said they were bothered by submental fullness. Kybella is a non-surgical, FDA-approved cosmetic injectable that is used in adults, created specifically to reduce a double chin. 

Made of a synthetic deoxycholic acid, Kybella works over the course of multiple treatments to break down fat cells and flush them out of the body. In the weeks following treatment, that stubborn under-chin fullness will gradually become less and less. 

Candidates for Kybella treatments

If you’re in the Houston area and you’re interested in Kybella injections to improve your double chin, it may be the perfect procedure for you. Those who are great Kybella candidates are those who:

  • Are unhappy with their moderate double chin
  • Are not obese
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have good skin quality with enough firmness and elasticity
  • Understand our Houston, TX Kybella is not a treatment for weight loss
  • Have realistic expectations for the treatment

What causes a double chin?

One of the most desirable facial features for both men and women is a sculpted chin and jawline. It’s a beautiful feature that creates a sense of continuity and flow, dividing the face into equal thirds of the brow, mid-face, and jawline. 

However, a poorly defined neck or jawline can make an individual look heavier or older than they actually are — even if they are at a slim weight. Submental fat is particularly frustrating because it often comes from genetics, which makes it very difficult to get rid of, even with diet and exercise. While it can result from age or weight gain, the most common cause is inheritance.  

Dr. Mentz’s procedure technique for Kybella

Before your Kybella treatment, a topical numbing agent will be used to keep any discomfort from the injections minimal. Approximately 10 to 50 injections will be administered into targeted areas underneath the chin. Treatment time is about 10 to 20 minutes, and once complete, your chin will be dressed with a compression bandage. We typically recommend 2 to 4 treatments for the best results, but the exact amount of treatments you’ll need will be determined by how severe your double chin is.

FAQ

How much does Kybella cost?

At our practice in Houston, Kybella costs $900 for one vial.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects from Kybella include swelling, bruising, pain, redness, and areas of hardness around the treated area.

Are Kybella injections painful?

Pain tolerance varies from patient to patient, but most people who receive this treatment describe the Kybella injections as feeling like no more than a mild burning sensation. To reduce your discomfort, we will numb the area prior to the procedure with a local anesthetic.

Will Kybella tighten neck skin?

Kybella is designed and formulated to melt away excess fat under the chin and does not target skin tightening. However, if your facial skin is still firm and elastic, it will realign and contract on its own to shape itself to your new, tighter contour.

Can you see results after one Kybella Treatment?

In general, many patients see fantastic results after one treatment and need no more. However, every patient is different and some patients with thick submental fat tissue may need to have one or two additional Kybella treatments to achieve the full results. Depending on the fat deposit you began with, the lines you want to sculpt and the contoured look you are envisioning, it could take up to six treatments.

What should I avoid after my Kybella treatment?

Avoid strenuous exercise and sun exposure for 3-5 days after treatment. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplements, high-sodium or high-sugar foods and spicy foods for a couple of days after your treatment, as each of these may contribute to increased swelling or irritation.

Is Kybella permanent?

When Kybella is injected it destroys the fat cells, and these cells will not be able to collect or store fat once they’re destroyed. However, if the patient gains weight after a Kybella treatment, the remaining fat cells will expand, diminishing results.

Recovery 

There is very minimal downtime with Kybella. The most recovery time you should require is two days, if that. Like any injectable treatment, you may notice some swelling, bruising, and/or itching at the injection sites, but these are temporary and will dissipate within a week or two. Some patients also experience burning or numbness. Some patients see the swelling and become concerned that their double chin is becoming even larger, but don’t worry. This is normal and part of the recovery process. Once the swelling has subsided, the fat cells are permanently gone.

Results

It’s important for those who are considering Kybella to understand that results can take anywhere between 2 to 4 treatments to achieve.

In general, results can be seen after 2 to 3 treatments. And once you’re happy with the results, there is no need to return for touch-ups, unlike dermal fillers. 

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