Five FAQs About Kybella

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If you’ve got a bit of extra fat beneath your chin, giving you that unwanted “waddle”, there’s good news. A new injectable treatment called Kybella can literally melt that fat away, destroying fat cells and assuring they won’t return. As with any new treatment, questions abound. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about Kybella that we here at Parkway Plastic Surgery hear from our clients.

  1. How does Kybella work and how safe is it? According to the US Food and Drug Administration, Kybella is identical to something your body makes called deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring acid helps to absorb fats. Similarly, Kybella works by destroying fat cells when injected properly. After multiple rounds of clinical studies yielding positive results, Kybella was approved by the FDA in 2015. Clinical researchers and FDA officials assure that Kybella is safe when administered correctly by a licensed dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.
  2. How many rounds of Kybella treatments will I need? The answer will vary according to the amount of fat present and your desired goal. However, most patients will need a series of 12-20 injections per visit, and two to three total visits, spaced a month apart. Those with more severe cases may require up to 50 injections in a single treatment, and up to six treatment sessions. Each treatment takes about 15 minutes to a half-hour.
  3. How soon will I see results and how long will they last? That, too depends upon the severity of your case, though most patients report seeing positive results in two to four treatments. Before approving the drug, the FDA examined results of two US trials that included more than 1,000 people. More than 80 percent of trial subjects who received the drug said they noticed some improvement in their chin fat, while those who got the drug more often saw less fat under the chin.
  4. What are the potential side effects of Kybella? The most common and expected side effects include bruising, swelling, pain, numbness, and small, firm areas around the injection sites. A possible, though rare serious side effect is an injury to the marginal mandibular nerve, which helps control facial expressions, causing an off-balance smile. This likely happens when shots are given too close to this nerve. In trials including more than 5,000 people, this side effect happened in just four percent of patients and eventually disappeared in all of them, according to a FDA advisory panel report.
  5. Could the drug help destroy fat cells in other areas of the body? Clinical research shows that Kybella works best on small, targeted areas. That’s why it’s currently approved only for the chin area.

Find out if Kybella is right for you with a call to Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186.

Are You a Candidate for Kybella?

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Among the most exciting advances in the field of beauty is KYBELLA, an injectable prescription medication developed to improve the appearance and profile of submental fat below the chin, commonly referred to as a “double chin.” Approved by the FDA in April, KYBELLA uses deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your skin, KYBELLA dissolves existing fat cells and prohibits the accumulation and storage of new fat. The result is a smoother, shapelier, younger-looking profile.

Good candidates for KYBELLA are healthy individuals who want to get rid of submental fat under the chin but don’t want to undergo surgery and are willing to wait a bit for results. A typical treatment regimen involves up to six treatments spaced four to six weeks apart and can cost upward of $1,500 per treatment session.

You’ll want to delay KYBELLA treatments if you:

  • Have an infection in the treatment area;
  • Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin;
  • Have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin;
  • Have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area;
  • Have had or have trouble swallowing;
  • Have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as it’s not yet if KYBELLA will harm an unborn baby;
  • Or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, as it’s not yet known if KYBELLA passes into breast milk.

If you’re considering KYBELLA, it’s critical that you share all applicable medical history, as well as your goals and expectations for the procedure, with your physician. To find out if KYBELLA is right for you, call 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation with Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery.

Double Chin? Introducing KYBELLA

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Among the most envied feature of model and celebrity looks is a strong, defined chin line. For those with a bit of extra fat below the chin, often referred to as a “double chin,” a new solution has arrived – and it has nothing to do with turtleneck tops or fashion scarves.

Introducing KYBELLA, an injectable prescription medication made by Allergan, a leading pharmaceutical company, and designed to improve the appearance and profile of submental fat below the chin. Its active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a molecule that your body produces naturally and that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your skin, KYBELLA actually dissolves fat cells and prohibits the accumulation and storage of new fat in that area.

KYBELLA was approved by the FDA in April, after more than 20 clinical trials that involved upward of 5,000 patients. A typical treatment consists of a series of 12 to 20 injections and, depending upon the severity of your case, your doctor may recommend multiple treatment sessions spaced a month apart to achieve your desired look.

Side effects typically are minimal and include temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, pain, and redness or hardness around the treatment area. Rare but serious side effects can include trouble swallowing or nerve injury in the jaw that can cause facial muscle weakness or an uneven smile. That’s why it’s crucial that you undergo KYBELLA treatments administered only by a highly trained and experienced medical professional.

To find out how KYBELA can help give you a stronger, smoother, sexier profile call 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation with Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery today.