Banish Chin Fat with This Injectable in North Carolina
Kybella® is one of newest and most effective ways to get rid of a double chin. The treatment is the first and only FDA-approved injectable that can permanently destroy fat cells in the chin and neck region. Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz offer Kybella® to Charlotte area patients who wish to reduce submental fat through minimally invasive, non-surgical means.
What is Submental Fullness?
Submental fullness refers to the stubborn, subcutaneous (directly under the skin) fat deposits between the chin and neck. This fat is what creates the appearance of a double chin. It can affect both men and women, and can often lead to people appearing older or heavier than they actually are.
There are several factors that can contribute to submental fullness, such as genetics, aging, or weight gain. It is possible to reduce the size of fat cells with diet and exercise, but these strategies typically will not result in disappearance of unwanted submental fullness. In fact, it is very common for submental fat to be resistant to healthy eating and exercise, so even relatively fit individuals retain some persistent chin fat. Kybella® is the newest option to help reduce unwanted submental fat.
How Can Kybella® Reduce Submental Fullness?
In 2015, the FDA approved Kybella® to treat moderate-to-severe submental fullness in adults.
The injectable treatment contains a synthesized version of deoxycholic acid, a clear fluid that occurs naturally in our bodies. This bile salt can destroy the membranes of fat cells through a process known as cytolysis or osmotic lysis, which is when a cell bursts due to excess water accumulation.
When expertly injected into subcutaneous fat under the chin, Kybella® causes destruction of the fat cells, which are then naturally absorbed and removed from the body. Since these fat cells are permanently eliminated from the body, they can no longer store or accumulate excess fat.
After a thorough facial examination and discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will determine whether Kybella® is appropriate for you.
You will be informed of how many injections and/or treatment sessions may be required to achieve your goals. Every patient’s neck profile is unique. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will thus tailor each individual patient’s treatment plant in order to achieve the most optimal results. Generally, two to four treatment sessions are required, depending upon each individual’s unique anatomy.
What to Expect from a Kybella® Treatment Session
After cleaning the treatment area, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will inject Kybella® directly into submental fat, carefully targeting specific locations to attain the best possible results.
Multiple injections are placed using a small needle to minimize pain and bruising. Each treatment session typically requires approximately 15 minutes. Generally, no local anesthetic is required, though some patients may request topical anesthesia.
What Happens After Kybella®?
Many of our patients have observed noticeable results after just one session. About a month after completing all recommended Kybella® treatments, most patients achieve definite fat reduction in the treated area. These effects can continue to improve over the next three to five months.
Immediately after a treatment session, patients may experience some sensation of warmth, bruising, swelling, and/or numbness under the chin. These side effects are temporary, and often resolve on their own a few days after treatment. Some patients choose to ice their injection sites to help manage any discomfort. Down time from regular activity is usually not necessary, unless specifically recommended. Patients are normally able to resume their regular activities shortly after a session.
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Beyond Kybella® in Charlotte
The facelift, a surgical solution for re-contouring the lower half of the face and neck, typically involves some liposuction to remove unwanted fat. During a facelift, the deeper tissues of the face and neck are suspended into a more youthful position, restoring contour to the midface, lower face, jawline, and neck. In very select patients, a neck lift may be performed without addressing the lower face. Masters in facial rejuvenation, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz offer the full complement of non-surgical and surgical options to address facial and neck aging. During your consultation, they will listen to your goals, perform a physical exam, and help you make the best decision to accomplish your desired results.