I’ve Been Hearing About Kybella. What Is It and What Does It Do?

Surgery isn’t the only option for getting rid of double chins anymore. Kybella is a newly FDA approved injectable treatment that can dissolve and eliminate fat under the chin. If you have a double chin (technically called submental fullness), ask us about Kybella. Dr. Hendrick and Dr. Velargo are both trained in performing Kybella injections. We are excited to bring this new treatment to our patients at the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is the first and only FDA approved injectable treatment for submental fullness, or fat located in the under the chin area (double chin). The treatment is injected under the chin during a series of treatments (most patients need 2-4 treatments for optimal results). Kybella contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that helps the body break down and absorb fat. After treatment the fat in the treatment area will break down and be naturally absorbed and eliminated by the body. Kybella causes destruction of the treated fat cells for lasting, permanent results.

Kybella is a fat elimination procedure. It cannot tighten loose skin or muscle. Dr. Velargo and Dr. Hendrick can help you decide if Kybella will achieve the results you want or if a surgical treatment (like a neck lift) is needed.

What Should I Expect From a Kybella Treatment?

Kybella treatment is administered in our offices. Before your first treatment we will meet with you and discuss your goals for the treatment area. If Kybella is the right option for your situation, we will create a treatment plan and schedule. Most patients need more than 1 treatment (treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart). The injection process is pretty quick and you can leave immediately after.

After treatment you can return to your regular activities when you feel comfortable. Many patients require minimal downtime and some return right back to work. You may experience a bit of redness, tenderness, pain, or swelling in the treatment area, but this typically resolves quickly, often in just a few days. You should start to see results shortly after treatment.

No more double chin… call and ask us about Kybella.