In Buffalo Dr. Shatkin and his team perform KYBELLA™ injections for submental fullness at the Aesthetic Associates Centre.
Treatment of the area below the chin, the submental area, requires a skilled technique which is learned only by a master trainer directly from the manufacturer of the product. KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” (photos courtesy of Allergan Corporation)
Many individuals are bothered by Submental fullness due to submental fat, sometimes referred to as “double chin”.
Submental fullness can lead to feeling of self-conciousness and can be caused by excess weight as well as hereditary conditions. The double chin is often resistant to diet and exercise alone and it can detract from an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance – leading to an older and heavier look.
What Is KYBELLA™?
KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age. It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
How Does KYBELLA™ Work?
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Frequently Asked Questions About KYBELLA™
Can KYBELLA™ be used to eliminate fat in other areas of the body? Is it a potential treatment for obesity or alternative to liposuction?
KYBELLA™ is only indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adultsi. The safe and effective use of KYBELLA™ for the treatment of subcutaneous fat outside the submental region has not been established and is not recommended.
How is KYBELLA™ administered?
KYBELLA™ treatment, as with any consmetic treatment whether injectable or otherwise, needs to be customized for the individual. At the Aesthetic Associates Centre, we take pride in our detail to treatments to optimize the result obtained with any of our treatments. KYBELLA™ is injectioned into the fat under the chin. Each in-office treatment session is typically 15-20 minutes. Many patients experienced visible results in two to four treatments. Up to six treatments may be administered. Once the aesthetic response is achieved with KYBELLA™, re-treatment is not expected.
What are the side effects?
The safety profile of KYBELLA® is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.2 These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
How many injections/treatments does a patient need?
You and your doctor will customize your KYBELLA® treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. During these sessions, your HCP will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.