Last year’s Allergan purchase of Kybella unveiled a very exciting time in aesthetics. 67% of the population says they are bothered by their side profile, and now there is something available to treat patients in a non-invasive way. Finally, those with a “turkey neck”, or “double chin” can destroy fat cells safely, permanently, and in-office. As the Aesthetics Nurse at Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery, I will answer some commonly asked questions about this fantastic new procedure.
- What is Kybella? Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is the first and only FDA-Approved injectable medication that is indicated for destroying moderate to severe fat cells below the chin, also known as a “double chin” permanently, and without surgery.
- Who is best-suited for Kybella? Am I “good” candidate? Kybella is well-suited for patients that have stubborn fat cells that remain regardless of healthy lifestyle choices. Sometimes fat cells are present because of weight gain, but other times simply because of the genetic makeup of the patient. Aging is also a contributing factor to submental fullness. Patients older than 50 years of age may do better with a surgical procedure to address loose skin as well as the fat cells. Patients interested in this procedure are welcome to schedule a complimentary consultation at any time for an in-person assessment and explanation of realistic expectations.
- What is the downtime with Kybella? Most patients experience some swelling and site-tenderness for a few days that subsides rather quickly. Patients are able to maintain daily activities, and can easily conceal swelling with a turtleneck, or summer scarf if necessary.
- How long does Kybella last and how many treatments will I need?: Once fat cells are destroyed, they are gone permanently and cannot return to the submental area. Every patient is different when it comes to “how many” treatments they require depending on surface area, and amount of fat present prior to treatment. Most patients require 2-4 treatments, but an improved baseline will be achieved after every treatment.
- How much does Kybella cost? : There is a $300 injection fee for Kybella, and a $200 charge per vial. Each patient needs 2-4 vials per treatment. Mention this write-up and receive your third treatment on us.
For more information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery at (480) 418-6415. toddhobgood.com
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