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Despite continuous efforts of eating a balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis, localized accumulations of fat in certain regions of the body can remain resistant to change. One of the most common areas in which this stubborn fat buildup occurs is underneath the chin, an aesthetic concern often referred to as a “double chin.” For many, this problem can also be associated with increased weight and hereditary factors.

Traditionally, the only cosmetic treatment for this submental fullness was through surgical means such as liposuction of the neck. Thanks to advancements in aesthetic medicine, however, men and women seeking to reduce this fat below the chin now have a nonsurgical, injectable solution through KYBELLA®. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this revolutionary technique is designed to eliminate localized pockets of submental fat for individuals 18 years of age and older, all without incisions, surgery and/or an extended recovery period.

For most, it takes just two to three treatments to be able to realize a slimmer, more sculpted under-chin profile that can be long lasting.

Benefits of KYBELLA®

The unique KYBELLA® solution is composed of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat in the body. Upon injection, this solution targets and destroys fat cells in the treatment area, which are then filtered from the body via natural metabolic processes.

Key benefits of KYBELLA® can include:

Currently, KYBELLA® is the only non-surgical injectable treatment approved by the FDA for the reduction of excess fat underneath the chin.

The KYBELLA® Procedure

Kybella_Injection_Logo_RGBThe procedure involves the precise and limited injection of the KYBELLA® solution, using an ultra-fine needle, into targeted areas under the chin/jawline. The majority of patients report experiencing mild to no pain with and following the injections. This can be further minimized by the application of cool packs.

Once administered, the deoxycholic acid-based solution immediately breaks down and destroys targeted fat tissues ultimately resulting in a slimmer, more toned under-chin and jawline contour. On average, the entire procedure may take around 15-30 minutes to perform.

KYBELLA® Recovery and Results

Following treatment with KYBELLA®, some bruising and/or swelling can be expected initially which will resolve with time. Higher doses may result in these manifestations lasting longer and being more significant. Any soreness or discomfort is usually of brief duration and can usually be managed with a mild analgesic and cool packs.

Most individuals are able to resume regular daily routines later that day or within one to two days. However, it is recommended to avoid highly aerobic activities for several days.

Unlike liposuction where results can be seen immediately, and due to the need for the body to absorb and remove the destroyed fat cells, it can take a few weeks to months after the treatments in order to see the final results. Once an ideal under-chin contour is achieved, retreatment is often not necessary for most patients.

Discover What KYBELLA® Can Do for You

If you are interested in KYBELLA® and wish to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Steven Turkeltaub, MD, please contact our office today.

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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