Procedures / Kybella Injection
KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is an FDA approved non-surgical treatment for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe submental fat in adults.
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Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center provides Kybella injections to clients living near Mansfield, Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, for an improvement in the appearance of submental fullness in non-obese adults. Submental fullness is commonly referred to as a double chin and appears as loose fat below the jawline that creates an unattractive chin profile.
Kybella is the first and only nonsurgical option for the treatment of excess neck fat that is FDA-approved. As a nonsurgical treatment option, Kybella is the perfect alternative for patients not desiring to undergo liposuction surgery of the neck. Through a series of Kybella treatments, you can specifically target and eliminate moderate to severe submental fat that has resisted remission through proper diet and exercise.
Causes of Submental Fullness
Submental fullness can be caused by aging, weight gain and genetics. The genes for water retention and fat storage are held in your DNA, so if your family has a history of submental fullness, then your chances to develop it as well are increased. You may have experienced submental fullness your entire life due to genetics, or it may have recently appeared due to weight gain or the effects of aging.
As the skin ages, collagen and elastin production slows down causing tissues to lose their youthful elasticity and laxity increases. The muscle and skin underneath your chin will not be able to support the fat as tightly as they once did, causing skin and fat to sag and creating the double chin appearance. This area of fat can be highly-resistant to dieting and exercising. Kybella treatments can target this area directly to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and contour the jawline.
The Science of Kybella
The main substance in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally-occurring acid found in the human body that destroys fat cells. The synthetic deoxycholic acid present in Kybella is identical to the natural deoxycholic acid found in your body. After Kybella is injected into the fat area beneath your chin, it physically destroys the cell membranes so that they can no longer store or accumulate fat. The body’s own natural metabolism then clears the destroyed fat cells through the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
The fat cells are completely destroyed, meaning they will never come back. However, it is possible to undo the benefits of Kybella treatments through an unhealthy lifestyle that leads to weight gain. In other words, the destroyed fat cells are gone for good, but you will not be immune from gaining submental fat in the future.
Kybella Treatment Sessions
Kybella injections are performed in the office by Dr. Michael L. Thornton, a dual board-certified Cosmetic Surgeon, with each treatment session taking approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Those seeking treatment through Kybella must be non-obese with a BMI of less than 40 in order to be a candidate. After the maximum aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with Kybella is not expected.
During your treatment sessions, Dr. Thornton will give you a series of injections into the fat compartment under your chin. For most patients, two to four separate treatment sessions are typically required to achieve maximum aesthetic results and desired chin profile. Up to a maximum of six separate treatment sessions may be required based on individualized goals. Each session must be spaced at least one month apart to allow residual swelling to resolve.
Ice packs, cold compresses and topical anesthesia can be used to limit pain from the procedure. Kybella treatments are not considered to be painful but may cause some discomfort.
Each Kybella treatment plan is individually customized. The Kybella dose administered and the number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient based on the amount of submental fat and the size of the area treated.
Side Effects of Kybella Treatments
The most common treatment side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness. You should anticipate swelling and mild bruising that may last several days after each treatment, but will be able to return to work and resume your daily activities immediately. In rare cases, Kybella treatments can temporarily cause an uneven smile or trouble swallowing.
Expertise of Dr. Michael Thornton
Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Thornton was specifically trained in non-surgical aesthetic medicine, Botox, and dermal filler injections during his 12-month advanced cosmetic surgery fellowship and has successfully performed numerous non-surgical dermal filler injections. Dr. Thornton attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer you the latest techniques in Kybella injection and non-surgical facial aesthetic medicine.
If a nonsurgical liposuction alternative to reduce your double chin interests you, call Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery today at 817-477-9000 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Thornton and discuss if Kybella treatments are right for you.