What is kybella?
Have you found yourself looking in the mirror or at photos and wondering what happened to your chin? Even if you’re in great shape, stubborn fat can settle in this area, making you look like you have a double chin. Thankfully, we now offer KYBELLA injections, a non-surgical, FDA-approved treatment for double chins. Boston-area facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anna Petropoulos was among the first doctors nationwide selected to provide KYBELLA before it became more widely available. Her status as one of the leading innovators in non-surgical facial rejuvenation often gains her early access to the latest in products and technology.
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Fat accumulates below the chin for various reasons. In many cases it can be hereditary, and sometimes it is related to aging and weight fluctuations. Whatever the reason, KYBELLA treatments are approved by the FDA specifically to reduce submental fat — the isolated fat that causes the appearance of a double chin. KYBELLA treatments can help patients who want:
- An elegant, streamlined neck
- A more pronounced chin
- A well-defined jawline
Before Kybella’s approval, most patients opted for neck liposuction to get these results. Liposuction remains an excellent option in some cases, particularly for patients who want more immediate results than KYBELLA produces, even if the surgical procedure requires some downtime.
What can i expect during my kybella treatment?
KYBELLA reduces fat using deoxycholic acid, a substance that the body naturally produces to help process dietary fat. Once the fat is broken down, it is absorbed and eliminated by the body. Dr. Petropoulos creates a customized treatment plan after consulting with you and discussing your specific cosmetic goals.
The treatment begins with an assistant thoroughly cleaning the treatment area. A topical anesthetic is usually used to ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Petropoulos carefully creates a grid-like pattern on your neck identifying the precise locations to introduce KYBELLA. KYBELLA treatments involve multiple tiny injections during a series of sessions scheduled at least a month apart.
It typically takes 2 to 4 treatment sessions to achieve the desired results. Up to 6 treatments may be necessary, depending on your specific concerns.
What can I expect after treatment?
Because Kybella works by gradually destroying fat cells, you won’t see immediate results following treatment sessions. Often the first treatment produces noticeable swelling, which may last up to a week. As the swelling gradually resolves, many men and women notice visible improvement in the appearance of the chin.
The final results appear once the treatment plan is completed over the course of 2 to 6 months. The results are considered permanent, because once the fat cells in the area are destroyed, those cells can no longer store or accumulate fat.