Marilyn Kwolek, MD
Dermatologist located in Danville, CA
You can’t control where your body chooses to store extra fat, but genetics do have an influence. If you’re prone to developing extra fat under your chin whenever you gain weight, you probably have a relative or two who also deal with the same issue. Because such pockets of fat are usually resistant to diet and exercise, Dr. Marilyn Kwolek, a top-ranked dermatologist in Danville, California, offers Kybella® neck lift injections, an advanced treatment designed to erase fat under the chin for good.
Kybella Q & A
What is Kybella?
Kybella is both a prescription medicine and an FDA-approved injectable treatment used to reduce submental fullness, or the area of excess fat that’s sometimes called a double chin. Kybella’s active ingredient is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a natural substance found in your digestive system, where it breaks down dietary fats for absorption.
When this molecule is injected into fat cells beneath your chin, it disrupts their integrity so they can no longer accumulate or store fat. As a result, your chin loses some of its fullness, and you gain an improved profile.
Is Kybella right for me?
If getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet don’t seem to affect the extra fat beneath your chin, or if having submental fullness makes you feel self-conscious, or heavier or older than you actually are, Kybella could be an ideal solution for you.
In addition to being the only injectable treatment for submental fullness that’s approved by the FDA, Kybella is a safe, effective, and noninvasive option for those who want to improve the appearance of their chin without surgery.
Kybella isn’t a good option for everyone, however. You should avoid the treatment if:
- You have an infection in the treatment area
- You have any medical conditions that affect your neck area
- You’ve ever had cosmetic treatments or surgery on your face, neck, or chin
- You’re pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing
What is the Kybella treatment like?
During each procedure, Dr. Kwolek administers multiple small injections under your chin, in a process that takes about 15-20 minutes. The exact number of injections you’ll need depends on the degree of submental fullness you’re dealing with, as well as your desired chin profile. Common side effects, which include swelling, redness, bruising, pain, and numbness, are usually mild and short-lived.
Kybella works over the course of multiple treatments spaced at least four weeks apart. Some patients see visible results after just two sessions, while others need closer to six; most patients achieve optimal results in two to four sessions.
How long do Kybella results last?
Once you’ve completed your customized treatment plan, you can expect lasting results that don’t require further upkeep. That’s because, unlike most other injectable cosmetic treatments, the results of Kybella are typically permanent.
* Individual results may vary.
* Individual results may vary.
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