Excess chin fat or submental fullness is often genetic and unresponsive to exercise and diet. Fortunately, surgery is not the only solution for a double chin. Men and women who desire a smooth, lean curve from their chin to their neck may benefit from nonsurgical Kybella® treatments. Drs. Robert Glasgold, MD, FACS, and Dr. Mark Glasgold, MD, FACS offer permanent fat reduction with Kybella at Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery in Princeton, NJ.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is an injectable treatment that dissolves stubborn fat under the chin, along the jawline, and in the upper neck area. If you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of a double chin without surgery, Kybella may be a great option for you.
Kybella is FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe submental fat under the chin. Kybella is identical to deoxycholic acid that is found naturally in the body to help break down and eliminate fat. The Kybella injections destroy targeted fat cells by dissolving the outer membrane. The spilled fat then breaks into smaller particles and is absorbed by the body.
Healthy adults who are close to their ideal weight and struggle with a fatty double chin or jowls are excellent candidates. During a large clinical study, 97.6% of the treated patients reported improvements in the contour of their neck and jaw. They also enjoyed improved self-confidence, looked as if they had lost weight, and appeared younger.
Dr. Mark and Dr. Robert Glasgold examine potential candidates during a private consultation and may recommend Kybella to healthy individuals with jowls or excess chin and neck fat who desire a smooth, contoured neckline. Kybella is strategically injected into the excess fatty tissue below the chin to dissolve the fat, remove jowls, enhance the jawline, and improve contour.
Patients typically require several Kybella treatments to achieve their desired results. The procedure is personalized and adjusted to match a masculine or feminine profile. Kybella is not recommended for patients with excess skin or lax muscle below their chin. However, Glasgold Group offers alternatives like neck lifts or chin augmentation for patients with lax tissue and excess skin due to genetics, age, or extreme weight loss.
Kybella Before-and-After Photos
Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery shares Kybella chin contouring results from former patients in the Glasgold photo gallery. As seen in the photos, men and women can experience significant lower-face rejuvenation after non-surgical Kybella treatments. Kybella may be combined with other treatments for a customized rejuvenation plan, which may include a Botox brow lift or injectable fillers.
How Kybella Works
Kybella uses deoxycholic acid, which is found naturally in the body, to break down excess fat cells below the chin and in the upper neck without liposuction or other surgical procedures. The destroyed fat cells are readily absorbed by the body, and the skin naturally tightens as the fat dissolves.
The injections activate a gradual fat disposal process that takes place over a month or so. More than one treatment (typically two or three) is standard, depending on the amount of excess fat, the person’s age, and their goals. The fat cells will not return, and the patient can maintain a firmer, younger-looking jawline. Treatments are spaced one month apart.
The Kybella Procedure
One of our surgeons reviews each Kybella patient’s medical history and provides them with pre-treatment instructions during a private consultation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, and high doses of vitamin E should be avoided one week before the treatment to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising.
The patient may take 600 mg of ibuprofen one hour before the treatment to minimize discomfort and swelling. The treatment area, under the chin and the neck, should be cleanly shaved the morning of the procedure, if the patient grows facial hair.
Dr. Mark and Dr. Robert Glasgold perform Kybella at Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery in Princeton, New Jersey. Patients should arrive 15 minutes early for their Kybella appointment. The treatment typically takes less than 20 minutes and is tailored to treat the fat under the chin and on the neck. The doctor performs multiple small injections under the chin; the exact number depends on the desired profile and the amount of fat present. Patients may require one to six treatments, spaced one month apart.
The doctor provides detailed aftercare instructions for each patient. Some bruising, swelling, and numbness may be experienced under the chin immediately after the treatment. Do not press, rub, massage, or touch the area.
An ice pack can be placed over the area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the next 24 hours. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken, if needed, to treat discomfort. The patient should sleep on their back with their head elevated for three to five days after the treatment.
Avoid vigorous exercise, heat, and sun exposure for three to five days. Aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided for one week after the treatment because they increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and smoking for 24 to 48 hours. These substances can increase irritation and swelling.
Complementary cosmetic treatments such as skincare services and injectables must be coordinated with your surgeon to ensure proper treatment timing and healing. You should report any difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness, or skin ulcers in the treatment area.
Kybella Recovery Process
Patients can return home immediately after the treatment. A bandage is not needed and most patients experience a very smooth recovery with minimal swelling and discomfort. The swelling gradually subsides within 48 hours to two weeks and is not noticeable after two days. Most patients return to work in two days.
Many patients schedule their treatment just before the weekend and return to work on Monday. The treated fat gradually disappears over four to six weeks, and the skin tightens to reveal the newly contoured chin, jaw, and neckline. Multiple treatments may be planned, based on the doctor’s evaluation during the initial consultation and the follow-up exams.
Kybella Side Effects & Risks
Kybella is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of submental fat and is tolerated very well by most patients. Side effects include swelling, bruising, numbness, and redness. The recovery process is minimal, and the minor side effects typically subside within one to two weeks.
More severe side effects are rare but can include muscle weakness, trouble swallowing, and nerve damage. Most patients experience fewer side effects with subsequent injections. Kybella risks are significantly reduced when an experienced doctor performs the treatment.
Dr. Robert and Dr. Mark Glasgold are board-certified surgeons and injection experts. Patients are invited to visit our office if they are disappointed with their results from an inexperienced doctor or have experienced Kybella gone wrong, such as puffy areas of chin fat or an uneven jawline. Kybella revision treatments provide positive results in most cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery provides exceptional results and offers affordable prices on cosmetic surgical procedures and nonsurgical treatments like Kybella. The cost of Kybella varies slightly, depending on the size of the area being treated. Kybella treatment sessions typically range in price from $600-$1100.
Dr. Glasgold may recommend a series of treatments during the initial consultation if more than one session will be needed to achieve the desired results. Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery accepts multiple payment methods.
Each Kybella treatment targets excess fat under the chin and along the jawline. The injections trigger the breakdown of fat in that area, and as the body absorbs the dissolved fat, the chin and jawline gradually appear more contoured.
Kybella results are progressive, and the full effects of each treatment take about four weeks to emerge. Multiple treatments may be recommended during the initial consultation, depending on the patient’s cosmetic goals.
The FDA recognizes Kybella as safe for the removal of excess fat under the chin. One of our surgeons examines each patient and reviews their health history before approving Kybella for the treatment of a double chin or jowls.
Kybella injections permanently dissolve excess fat under the chin and along the jawline. More than one treatment may be needed to achieve optimal results. Safety studies on long-term effects reveal that 75% to 90% of Kybella patients maintain their results for up to five years.
Kybella does not require a lengthy recovery, and most people return to work in just two days, after the initial injection site irritation is resolved. The side effects are typically mild and may include minor bruising and swelling. Side effects are typically reduced in follow-up treatments. Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery patients often schedule their Kybella injections on a Friday and return to work on Monday.
Kybella is FDA-approved for adult men and women over the age of 18 with moderate to severe fat under the chin. As Kybella injections break down the excess fat, the body absorbs it. The skin naturally tightens as the fat dissolves.
Patients with loose, lax skin or significant signs of aging may not be approved for Kybella. Our surgeons examine potential candidates during a private consultation to determine if their skin is healthy enough to retract on its own after the treatment. Older men and women with lax skin and heavy jowls may benefit from a neck lift instead.
Kybella fat removal is permanent, and patients typically experience long-lasting results. Maintaining a healthy weight and proper skincare will enhance the results. Patients will continue to age and their skin may change due to gravity and collagen loss.
Kybella and Coolsculpting are both nonsurgical methods for removing the layer of fat under the chin. Both treatments cause the fat to dissolve from the treated area. However, Coolsculpting has a broad approach, while Kybella injections strategically eliminate pockets of fat to sculpt the jawline and upper neck.
Our surgeons offer different nonsurgical enhancement options and will discuss the benefits provided by Kybella during a private consultation.
Schedule Your Kybella Consultation in New Jersey Today
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Glasgold, MD, FACS, and Dr. Mark Glasgold, MD, FACS, are available for private Kybella consultations at Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery located in New Jersey and serving Marlboro, Princeton, and the entire South Jersey region. If you are interested in Kybella or other rejuvenation procedures, call 732-846-6540, today, or visit GlasgoldGroup.com to schedule an appointment.
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