Kybella® in Virginia Beach for Submental Fullness
As the first injectable approved by the FDA to improve contours under the neck by reducing the appearance of a double chin, Kybella® proved to be an immediately popular solution to the problem of what is technically known as submental fat.
Dr. Ben Hugo aims to provide his patients with a variety of cutting-edge options to treat a range of conditions, which is why offers the prescription treatment for patients seeking Kybella® in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area.
How does Kybella® work?
Fat cells that sit under the chin may shrink and grow as a patient’s weight fluctuates, but a diet won't make them disappear—and sometimes, a diet won't even reduce their size enough to make a difference in the appearance of a double chin. In the case of such stubborn fat, the most effective solution is to remove the cells completely.
Kybella® works by destroying these unwanted fat cells, removing them from the target area. The injectable is formulated from deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and serves to help prepare fat for dietary absorption. When injected into the submental area by a trained medical professional, it can act on the fat cells there, breaking them down and releasing the fat to be eliminated naturally.
A single treatment will begin the process, though it will reduce only a certain percentage of the existing fat. Many patients find that they achieve their desired results after two to four sessions, since the effects are cumulative. Some patients may require up to six treatments, with at least a month elapsing between each one.
Once the fat is gone, it's gone.
What areas can Kybella® treat?
Kybella® is currently approved by the FDA for use only in the submental area, meaning it's intended solely for treating double chins. Patient selection will be the key. Younger patients with smaller fat deposits under the chin, good skin quality, and minimal skin laxity are the optimum patients. However, there is great potential to expand the current applications.
How safe is Kybella®?
Prior to its FDA approval, Kybella® was the focus of more than 20 clinical studies, backed by a team of researchers working around the world.
Kybella® patients who reported experiencing side effects most commonly noted minor impacts in the treatment area, including swelling and bruising, as well as some discomfort, numbness, redness, and hardness. The area typically returns to normal in two to four days. While there is a rare possibility of some patients experiencing temporary difficulty swallowing and temporary nerve injury near the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness, no long-term complications have been described. Dr. Ben Hugo and his team can discuss all of the risks and benefits with you at your consultation to help you decide whether the injectable is right for you.
Patients looking to treat their submental fat may also consider liposuction to get the results they seek, as the procedure physically removes fat cells from the under-chin area.
Since Kybella® is administered via a series of injections, it has far less impact than the surgical route. A patient's preference, health, and available down time for the necessary recovery will be taken into account to determine how to proceed.
Another injectable, BOTOX®, can treat chin dimples and other wrinkles that impact the face, complementing the youthful results created by Kybella® treatments for an overall rejuvenated appearance.