One of the biggest complaints both women and men have when asked if they could correct one thing about their face is a double chin. In fact, in recent surveys 68% of people said this was their primary complaint. Many have reported it has affected their self esteem and been a significant issue for them for most of their life. Often, this is genetic and not due to the patient’s weight. Previously the only option we have had is surgery. Now, with the FDA approval and release of Kybella, patients have a non-surgical option that is safe and carries minimal side effects.
Kybella is a non-animal/non-human substance, called Deoxycholic Acid. Deoxycholic Acid is a bile salt that naturally is present in our body. This bile salt helps emulsify dietary fat. When injected into the fat pocket under the chin it dissolves the fat, which is then cleared by our bodies and is permanently removed.
The average patient will require 2-4 treatments with Kybella spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Side effects are expected, but mild. They included swelling, tenderness, possible bruising, numbness, and possible sensation of fullness when swallowing. When injected properly, risk of more serious complications such as nerve damage are extremely low. All side effects reported in the FDA trials resolved on their own without medical intervention. There was one subject that had nerve damage that caused some temporary lower facial weakness, but it has since resolved.
Currently there are very few medical practices that have access to the medication. When seeking treatment make sure you are seeing a certified injector that is injecting Kybella. Call Vitality for a FREE consult to see if you are a candidate for Kythera.