Kybella™ is a new FDA-approved product that can treat people who want to eliminate their double chins. Before this product, surgery and liposuction were the only ways that individuals could restore the natural contours of their necks and jawlines. At Darst Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Marc A. Darst, MD provides the minimally invasive Kybella™ treatment to residents in Charlotte, Matthews and nearby communities in North Carolina.
What Is Kybella™?
Developed by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals as an alternative to removing a double chin through surgery, Kybella™, formerly called ATX-101, is an injectable cosmetic treatment. The cause of a double chin is the development of fat under the chin from weight gain or aging. This issue can make many people feel unattractive and self-conscious.
Benefits of Kybella™
Kybella™ offers some unique benefits:
- Each treatment can be completed in less than an hour.
- The only treatment for a double chin that does not require incisions.
- The injection permanently eliminates excess fat cells.
- There is no downtime or long recovery following treatment.
What Is Kybella™ Used For?
The FDA has approved Kybella™ for destroying fat deposits that occur from under the chin to the top of the throat, which is referred to as a double chin.
Does Kybella™ Really Work?
In Kybella™ clinical trials, medical researchers divided 1,100 men and women into two groups. Each of them was evaluated for moderate to severe double chin, and only one group received the Kybella™ treatment. Among those who were injected with Kybella™, there was a dramatic reduction in the fat deposits under their chins.
What Should I Expect From Kybella™ Treatment?
The formula for Kybella™ includes an acid that the body naturally produces and uses to help it digest food. The solution is injected into the areas of excess fat under your chin, and it works to eliminate the fat cells over time. This means that you will see a gradual improvement in your double chin until the acid permanently destroys the fat.
Dr. Darst uses a small-gauged needle for each injection. A majority of patients only need two to four Kybella™ treatments, and these are scheduled in four to six-week increments. However, the maximum number of treatments permitted is six.
You could experience some side effects from the Kybella™ injections, such as bleeding, mild bruising, swelling and tenderness. The treatment area might also feel firmer than other parts of your chin, jawline, and neck. These symptoms usually only last for up to three days.
What Should My Dermatologist Explain to Me About Kybella™ Treatments?
As a new product, Kybella™ provides a much-desired, non-surgical option for getting rid of double chins. You could put yourself at risk, however, if you have an unqualified individual perform the injection or have illegitimate Kybella™ injected. This could become more common with an increase in demand for the product. You do not have anything to worry about when you have Dr. Darst perform the treatment, however. He is authorized and specially trained to administer authentic Kybella™ to his patients.
About Kybella™ Product
Some aspects that you should be aware of with Kybella™ include:
- Not approved by the FDA for use in other areas of the body, face, and neck.
- Only approved to treat the section from the tip of the chin to the top of the neck.
- Nerve damage and skin cell destruction could result from administering Kybella™ improperly.
- Comes in sealed, single-treatment vials that are marked with a hologram for identification.
- Does not need to be mixed with other products or solutions before it is injected.
How Much Does Kybella™ Cost?
The cost of Kybella™ injections is based on how much of the product is needed to eliminate your double chin. At Darst Dermatology, you can use cash or a major credit card to pay for your treatment. We will discuss the payment options with you during your initial consultation.
If you have a double chin and have been told that your only options are liposuction, a lower facelift or a neck lift, contact Darst Dermatology to learn more about Kybella™. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-321-3376. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.