How Kybella treatment helps you love the way you look
Submental fat, better known as the double chin, is one of the greatest aesthetic challenges for men and women around the world, including right here in Montclair, NJ. Although the amount of fat that accumulates below the chin is small, it can become a very big problem. You can diet away extra pounds, but the extra chin is likely to remain. Even people who have never been obese can develop a double chin, often due to genetics.
If a double chin is your problem, then Kybella treatment is your solution. This first-of-its-kind product eliminates unwanted fat cells with no surgery, no downtime, and permanent results. Just a few comfortable treatment sessions can help sculpt your chin, giving you the slim and smooth facial profile that you desire.
How Kybella works
Kybella is a powerful, injectable medication that literally destroys fat cells. That is an important distinction, because fat cells do not replenish themselves like skin cells do. Instead, every adult has a finite number of fat cells distributed throughout the body. They increase or decrease in size with weight gain or loss, but the actual number of cells remains constant. Once fat cells are destroyed, they will not grow back.
The medication is FDA approved, and is considered safe when injected properly. However, the FDA also warns that Kybella is capable of destroying other types of cells if used incorrectly. According the manufacturer, it can only be administered by a Kybella-trained healthcare specialist. Like other high-demand cosmetic procedures, there are some unqualified individuals offering Kybella – and it is important that you avoid them.
If you have any concerns about safety, you will be relived to know that Dr. Downie is not only Kybella-trained, but also one of the most experienced Kybella injectors in the nation. As a clinical trial investigator, she was one of the first physicians to use this product on patients. Currently, she is a national trainer for Kybella, teaching other doctors around the country how to administer the product safely and effectively. She is nationally recognized for her expertise, and the exceptional results that she achieves.
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What Kybella can do for you
There was a time when you could easily avoid cameras, or at least take a very careful pose if you were photographed. That time passed many years ago. We are officially living in the era of Instagram, a world where selfies are expected, friends taking candid shots is unavoidable, and hiding cosmetic flaws is virtually impossible. You can’t edit every photo on the internet, and you certainly can’t edit the image in the mirror – but Kybella can!
Kybella is FDA approved for use on submental fat, because that specific injection area was the focus of initial testing. However, experienced injectors, including Dr. Downie use it with equal success in many off-label areas. These include:
- Inner thighs
- Love handles
- Fat rolls in the armpit area
- Many other places where small pockets of troublesome fat accumulate
What to expect
Before scheduling treatment, we start with an examination and consultation. It is important to tell your provider about any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you are taking, as well as any supplements. After reviewing your medical history and determining that you are a suitable candidate for Kybella, we will begin treatment planning.
A series of treatments will be needed to achieve optimal results. For most patients, it takes six or more appointments, usually scheduled about a month apart. Each visit is fast and convenient, usually taking less than 15 minutes. You should expect to feel some stinging as the product is injected, but most patients find the process quite tolerable.
Immediately after the injection, you may experience some discomfort, tenderness and stinging for 20 to 30 minutes. This sensation will subside when you place ice on the skin. It is an indication that the fat cells underneath your skin are breaking apart. These normal side effects should fade within a few hours. As swelling subsides, some patients notice an improvement after just one to two weeks.
With each subsequent treatment, the improvement will be more pronounced. Full results develop within about three months after the final session.
Where to start
Kybella is an excellent choice for most adults with concerns about a double chin or similar fat deposit. However, if it’s not right for you, we offer a wide variety of other body sculpting solutions. Just call image Dermatology at (973) 509-6900 and schedule a consultation.