Seven things every patient should know about Kybella treatment
According to an American Society for Dermatologic Surgery survey, two in three adults are bothered by submental fat, which is commonly called a double chin. Not surprisingly, the introduction of a nonsurgical, injectable treatment made waves in the world of cosmetic medicine.
Kybella quickly made its way to the top of the wish list for men and women around the world. Patients in Essex Fells and other communities near Montclair, NJ are fortunate to have access to a renowned Kybella physician – Dr. Downie of Image Dermatology. If you are considering bidding your double-chin farewell, here are a few things you should know about Kybella.
- Kybella is liposuction in a needle
The busier our lives get; the more people seek convenient alternatives to surgery. If you don’t want to invest days or weeks in recovery time and face the risks that are associated with surgical procedures, then Kybella may be for you. The procedure is minimally invasive, involving only carefully placed injections.
- Clinical trials have shown Kybella effective
More than 20 physicians, including Dr. Downie, and 1600 patients participated in extensive clinical trials leading up to FDA approval. After a full series of injections:
- 2 percent of patients achieved grade one, or greater, improvement
- 16 percent reached grade two or better results.
- 79 percent of patients were satisfied with results 12 weeks after treatment
- Safety is dependent on the skill of your doctor
Kybella works by destroying fat cells without impacting surrounding tissue. However, the medication itself is not selective, it can destroy other types of cells as well. When injected properly, with the correct dosage in the ideal location, it is safe because it only contacts fat cells. Patients are advised to use caution when choosing a provider. Kybella has only been on the market for a couple of years and it is gaining popularity, which means it is new to many doctors. Patients are advised to ensure that their Kybella injector is well-trained and has experience with this product.
Dr. Downie is among the most experienced Kybella physicians in the country. As an investigator for Kybella clinical trials, she was working with the product even before it was widely available. She is well-known for her advanced skills and serves as a trainer for new Kybella physicians.
- Kybella can be used off-label
Kybella has been approved by the FDA for submental fat. However, Dr. Downie and other highly skilled injectors have been using it “off-label” in other areas with great success. It is not a practical solution for large areas. However, it is an excellent option for precision definition or melting away localized fat pockets, which cause small rolls and bulges.
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- Injections may help tighten skin
Kybella is known for destroying fat, which leaves some patients wondering what happens to the excess skin. Will your chin become saggy once it is deflated? Although every patient is different, the answer is most likely, “no.” That is because the injections cause inflammation, which triggers a natural rejuvenation process reducing laxity. Clinical trials focused specifically on analyzing fat reduction, so Kybella has not been proven to tighten skin. However, we have observed some degree of skin tightening in our patients, and similar effects have been noted by other physicians around the country. Generally, Kybella is unlikely to cause sagging skin. However, it is not likely to correct a pre-existing problem with laxity or excess skin.
- Kybella destroys fat cells
Weight loss may reduce the size of your double chin but is unlikely to eliminate it. To a great degree, the number and distribution of fat cells is set early in life. The amount of fat in each cell increases or decreases as a person gains or loses weight, but the cells don’t go away. Unfortunately, the distribution of fat cells in not uniform, and areas with a high concentration of them tend to bulge. Even more frustrating for dieters, those cells may stubbornly retain their volume, while fat is lost in other areas. In fact, it is quite common for a person to be quite slim, yet still have a double chin. Kybella doesn’t just cause fat cells to shrink, but destroys them – permanently.
- Your picture-perfect profile is just a phone call away!
If you think Kybella may be right for you, call (973) 509-6900 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Downie.