Procedures / Surgical / Kybella
In the natural, raw form, deoxycholic acid is an integral component of our dietary fat digestion system. KybellaTM is the purified version of this bile salt, and is FDA approved for the treatment of moderate to severe unwanted fat directly under the chin. The ideal candidate for this non-surgical procedure has unwanted fullness of the neck and jowl area. This fullness may be hereditary or weight related, and can be refractory to regular diet and exercise. Commonly, it is the source of many ruined selfies and group photos. The profile demonstrates fullness in the central neck area making it obtuse or even convex. While looking straight ahead, a double chin can be seen and the jowls take the attention away from a smooth jawline. In the right patient, Kybella can make a clear, long-lasting, improvement.
Kybella is performed in the office setting, with or without topical anesthetic. This is determined by patient preference. Management of the neck and jowls are performed through select, premarked injection sites overlying the problem areas. This allows for a safe and even treatment of the excess neck and jowl fat. Mild burning is expected during the treatment site, but subsides quickly with a cool compress alone. At the completion of the procedure, you will be able to return to work or go home at your discretion.
Following the procedure, inflammation, firmness, and/or swelling will occur to some extent while the fat is dissolved. Cool compresses and acetaminophen (eg. Tylenol) can be used, if needed, while the early tenderness resolves. Swelling is less predictable in duration and quantity. This is more apparent with an initial treatment and is related to the amount of excess fat dissolved/product used. It may last from 1-4 weeks. During this time, some degree of numbness is usually present over the treated area. As the swelling resolves, the new neck and jowl contours become visible and you can begin enjoying the results of Kybella. If further treatments are desired, these are performed at 6-week intervals. Recovery is usually minimal on secondary treatments.