Benefits of a Kybella® Treatment
The Kybella® treatment is a brand-new FDA-approved procedure designed to remove extra fat below the chin, commonly known as a “double chin.” The body naturally produces deoxycholic acid, so Kybella® is simply an intensification of a routine process to melt away fat in this area. Because Kybella® is a powerful substance, only a properly licensed medical doctor should administer it, but done properly, patients can see extra chin fat rapidly reduced, restoring their natural profile.
Unlike Botox or other dermal fillers the Kybella® procedure is permanent. Once that extra chin fat has been melted away by Kybella®, it will not return. After undergoing a Kybella® procedure, you should expect to begin seeing positive results in as little as three or four weeks.
What to expect in a complimentary consultation with Frederick Weniger, MD and Carmen Traywick, MD:
Frederick Weniger, MD, Carmen Traywick, MD and their staff treat the individual; understanding that each person that comes into their office has certain expectations and a unique history.
When you come in for your consultation, one of the staff will sit down with you one-to-one, going over your personal health history, working with you to understand your needs for a cosmetic procedure, and answer any and all questions that you may have.
Privacy is of the utmost importance to Frederick Weniger, MD and Carmen Traywick, MD, and your free consultation will be maintained in the strictest confidence.
Candidates for Kybella®
Kybella® is only approved for patients in South Carolina and the surrounding area who have a moderate to severe amount of extra fat in and beneath their chins. Kybella® does not work on other parts of the face, and is not designed to help obese patients lose weight. Right now, the procedure is recommended for otherwise healthy adults who have no infections, swelling, or injuries to the chin area.
Kybella® is not recommended for people:
- Who are pregnant or nursing
- Who are under age 12
- Who are heavy smokers
- Who are taking blood clotting medication
- Who have a blood clotting disorder
- Who have recently undergone surgery under general anesthesia
- Who have had surgery in the area of the chin or neck
- Who are taking prescription medications that can interfere with Kybella®
- Who have a rash, infection, or injury to the chin
The procedure consists of multiple injections of deoxycholic acid underneath the skin, directly into the fat tissues that you want to remove. Your doctor may make a dozen or more injections during the procedure to ensure that the Kybella® is evenly distributed in the fat tissue.
Usually, a second treatment will be scheduled a month after the first one. Most patients see substantial results after just two or three treatments, with some patients needing as many six to completely remove all extra chin fat.
Although the Kybella® procedure is administered by a surgeon, it is not necessary to go under full anesthesia or be admitted to a hospital operating room to receive Kybella® injections. The process is done on an outpatient office, and most patients are on their way home an hour or less after coming into the office for the Kybella® procedure.
Kybella® solely works on reducing the amount of fat in your chin, and so will not affect your skin at all. Most patients feel minimum discomfort after undergoing a Kybella® procedure, although there may be some residual numbness while the anesthesia wears off. Some patients experience mild discomfort in the form of tenderness or redness in the chin, but this normally dissipates in a day or two.
Administering Kybella® is a relatively painless procedure, lasting about 15-30 minutes. You’ll be able to go home the same day as you undergo the procedure, and be able to return to work or school the next day without any issues. Some patients prefer to schedule their Kybella® procedure for the afternoon just to be sure that they can return home to recover from the minor swelling and tenderness that can occur after a treatment.
There is a small risk of a “hardening” of the area after undergoing the Kybella® procedure, which can be reduced using massaging techniques to the affected area. The FDA has also warned that there is a small risk of some patients developing a nerve injury to the jaw which could affect facial muscles.