Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic treatment used to eliminate the fat that causes double chin. As the only non-surgical method for addressing this common cosmetic problem, Kybella is quickly growing in popularity alongside Botox and other injectables. This treatment involves injecting a synthetic version of bile salts that the liver naturally makes to break down fats. Kybella actually destroys the fat cells, which the body naturally eliminates on its own following each session. Kybella is administered over a series of sessions that vary in length based on the extent of treatment needed for the individual.
What to Expect in a Consultation
Patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, or Dr. Ross if they are interested in this treatment. At the consultation, goals will provide the basis for a personalized Kybella plan. Our doctors will explain what Kybella can and cannot achieve so patients know what to expect from the treatment. As preparation for the treatment process, our doctors will ask you about your medical history and any concerns you may have in order to confirm your candidacy. A schedule for Kybella treatment sessions will result from this consultation, allowing you to plan ahead for your appointments in Naples, Florida.
Candidates for Kybella
Kybella is designed for patients who are at or close to their ideal weight but still have unwanted fat remaining under the chin. This treatment is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for weight loss. While Kybella is effective at addressing mild to moderate cases of double chin, it is not designed for eliminating loose skin or extensive extra fat in this region. Kybella may not be available to patients who have previously had surgery performed on the neck or chin. In patients who have clotting disorders or are taking anticoagulant drugs, Kybella may cause significant bleeding or bruising. Patients who smoke or suffer from chronic health conditions may not qualify for Kybella because healing may be impeded afterwards. Pregnancy, chin infections and certain medications may also prevent Kybella candidacy. At a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, patients can find out whether they are eligible for this procedure.
Patients who visit our office in Naples, Florida, for Kybella can expect multiple sessions of about 15 minutes each and spaced about three to four weeks apart. Improvements are often noted after just two to four appointments, but many patients will benefit from receiving up to six sessions to maximize their results. As treatment progresses, patients can work with our plastic surgeons to determine whether additional sessions will be beneficial. At the beginning of each session, patients receive topical or injected local anesthesia to prevent discomfort during the procedure. Patients can relax in chairs designed for comfort while they are receiving Kybella. Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, or Dr. Ross inject the Kybella, which is derived from deoxycholic acid, into the fat layer below the chin in a series of small, carefully targeted injections. After the procedure, patients may be asked to remain on site for a few minutes for monitoring to ensure that side effects, such as major swelling and nerve weakness, are not present.
The period of recovery following Kybella treatment may include mild, localized side effects that usually disappear within days and often within one week. Immediately after a session, patients may experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and redness in the treatment area. The treatment area may also feel unusually hard upon being touched. To reduce swelling and tightness, patients can massage the area gently a few times each day. Because no general anesthesia is used, patients can return to work immediately after the procedure if they feel comfortable doing so. Rare side effects, such as facial asymmetry and difficulty swallowing, can occur if nerves are affected by Kybella injections. However, careful selection of injection sites helps prevent this from occurring. If patients notice such symptoms, they should notify our doctors. If skin tightening is desired following reduction of chin fat through Kybella, patients can then discuss their options for that goal with one of our plastic surgeons.
Choosing the Right Surgeon for Kybella
Like other cosmetic procedures, Kybella depends on the skill of the practitioner for the best possible results. When patients visit Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, and Dr. Ross in Naples, Florida, for this procedure, they can be confident that they are receiving it from the best. Our surgeons have earned a reputation as top plastic surgeons and have an eye for administering injectables and other treatments to help patients reach their aesthetic goals. Major media outlets, including NBC, ABC, and FOX news, have repeatedly covered the work of our surgeons because of their expertise. Our patients can count on receiving Kybella with careful attention to their overall facial proportions to attain a youthful, symmetrical look that they will be proud to display.