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May 3, 2016

New Non-Surgical Treatment Zaps Away that Double Chin

According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, nearly 70% of people are bothered by their double chin. If you have mild to significant fat under your chin area, you should meet with a facial plastic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for Kybella. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin area (aka “double chin”).

All consultations are performed by Min S. Ahn, MD FACS, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who has over 15 years of experience in treating the face and neck. During your consultation, Dr. Ahn will evaluate your skin and help determine if you are an appropriate candidate for Kybella.

What is Kybella:

Kybella contains a naturally occurring molecule that dissolves fat, which your body then flushes out. The medication is injected into a patient’s targeted problem area to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, also called the “double chin.” Kybella works best on patients who have excellent skin and a distinct fat “pooch.” Kybella also:

  • Permanently destroy fat cells under the chin
  • Is FDA-approved for adults 18 and older
  • Shows visible results in as little as two treatment sessions
  • Is proven both safe and effective
  • Is a procedure performed by our talented, extensively trained staff with more than 15 years of experience treating the face, chin, and neck area

How Kybella works:

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule found in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat again. Your extra chin is essentially gone for good.

A typical Kybella treatment is approximately 30 minutes long and afterwards patients are able to return to their everyday activities. The most common side effects patients may experience include some swelling, bruising, discomfort, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. However, those side effects are generally only temporary and disappear within a week. Most patients see amazing results after two to six sessions, which are spaced about a month apart.

Am I a good candidate for Kybella?

Kybella is not a substitute for surgery. It will not eliminate excess skin, jowls, or neck bands. In fact, those may be more noticeable after a Kybella treatment, which is why it is so important to consult with a facial plastic surgeon prior to your treatment.

The ideal candidates for Kybella have healthy, elastic skin that will “bounce” back after the injection, and a noticeable bulge in the chin area that they’d like to improve. Only an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Ahn, can determine if you are a candidate for a double chin treatment during your free consultation at our facility.

Kybella results:

When you have your Kybella treatment, the affected fat cells will be permanently destroyed, eliminating your double chin. Your results are, in fact, permanent as long as you maintain your weight with your normal diet and exercise.