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Kybella®

Submental fullness affects many people, and it can appear for a number of reasons. Skin laxity due to aging, genetics and weight gain can all be attributed to what we know as the “double chin” appearing in plain sight. It affects both men and women equally, but is often under treated by physicians. Diet and exercise hardly reduce the appearance of the double chin and liposuction may be too invasive of a procedure for some, so as an alternative, we offer Kybella® injections at Ventura Institute of Dermatologic Arts. If you are looking for a nonsurgical way to reduce submental fat along the chin, Kybella® is a quick, safe and effective solution.

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You Are Not Your Double Chin

Many people view the double chin as reversible — something that can be treated with a new diet or exercise routine, when in reality, it is one of the hardest regions to reduce in fat. According to a survey conducted in 2014 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 68% of people say they take issue with the appearance of their submental fullness, sometimes even more so than their facial wrinkles. The double chin can seriously affect a person’s self image, leading them to hide behind clothing or cosmetics. But just as with other aging features on your face, your double chin can be treated with an injectable solution.

Kybella® is FDA-approved to minimize and improve the contour of the double chin. In a series of injections, your chin profile can become significantly reduced, which will improve the appearance of your face overall. Kybella® contains a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring molecule in our bodies responsible for metabolizing dietary fat. When injected into the chin, the deoxycholic acid in Kybella® breaks down the excess fat in the chin and permanently keeps it from accumulating in the future. Many patients see significant improvement in the size of their double chin after two to four treatment sessions, however up to six appointments are allowed to achieve optimal results. After six treatments, you will not be required to undergo anymore Kybella® injections.

Benefits of receiving Kybella® injections:

  • Nonsurgical and minimally invasive
  • Uses ingredients that naturally occur in the body
  • Provides results that do not completely alter your appearance
  • Helps you appear healthier and slimmer
  • Uses the body’s natural processes to metabolize fat
  • Helps your body look younger and more toned

Kybella® works well for people who would like to see significant changes in their submental fullness, but do not wish to undergo surgery to do so. The injection is specifically formulated for the double chin and has proven to create a more appealing facial contour over time.

Your Kybella® Procedure

Determining whether treatment with Kybella® is right for you is a matter of scheduling a consultation with Dr. Karlsberg or Michele, his Physician’s Assistant, where together you can determine whether your submental fullness can be treated with Kybella®. You can expect to discuss your medical history as well as any other procedures that you have or plan to have performed around the chin. Overall, if you feel self-conscious about the dietary fat around your chin or think that you look older and heavier because of your submental fullness, then it is worth consulting Dr. Karlsberg about and asking whether Kybella® is a suitable treatment option.

Because you are allowed up to six injections, treatment with Kybella® is completely customizable for your cosmetic needs, which is something we value highly at VIDA. We adjust each injectable procedure so that it fits into your daily routine, exceeds your expectations and provides you with the most natural and beautiful results. Based on your chin profile, Dr. Karlsberg can suggest an amount of Kybella® injections that he believes will best suit your personal aesthetic, and every month, you can come into VIDA for your treatment, which will include a series of injections to the submental area. Within a few months, you will notice a gradual reduction in submental fullness and an improved facial contour along your profile.

Receiving Kybella® is both safe and effective. Side effects are generally mild, but may include swelling, bruising, numbness and redness around the site of the injections. If your side effects continue after a few days, contact Dr. Karlsberg or Michele for conventional medical treatment. Kybella® can help you complete your desired aesthetic and lead you to feel more confident about the way you look. If you would like more information about Kybella® and how it can improve your profile image, contact Ventura Institute of Dermatologic Arts and schedule a consultation.

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