Kybella Frequently Asked Questions
Fat under the chin can be seen in both young patients older patients seeking out a more refined neck line. The desire for treatment of the dreaded double chin has increased dramatically with the explosion of social media and selfies. Fortunately, the treatment is quick and easy.
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, naturally-occuring substance in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your skin, Kybella causes destruction of fat cells and leaves the surrounding cells unharmed. Patients may require multiple treatments depending on the amount of fat in the area. Treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart.
Kybella patients, on average, see about a 10-20% fat reduction of the treated area after a full series of treatments. Kybella will not produce the same results as liposuction. However, an area can be treated multiple times to achieve a higher degree of fat loss. It’s important to have realistic expectations.
It’s important to be at a stable weight and to be able to commit to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise in order to maintain your results.
Just a bit of extra fat in the upper throat area will create the presence of a "double chin" that may be unwanted by both women and men. The additional pockets of fat below the chin (or the submental area) can be caused by weight fluctuations, aging, or genetics that lead to a softer jawbone and chin for a less defined profile.
Leesburg, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang is happy to provide a revolutionary technique to reduce neck fat at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. Approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Kybella is a new nonsurgical option for upper neck fat. The active component in Kybella is a synthetically made version of deoxycholic acid, which works similarly like the body's natural DA to dissolve and absorb fat cells. After it has been injected beneath the chin, you can see a visible decrease in the amount of fat. When the fat is removed, the cells will not regenerate, so you can enjoy your new, slender neck and defined jawline for years to come.
Kybella Procedure Technique
The ideal candidates for Kybella injectable treatments have unwanted fat in the upper throat (submental area), which creates a double chin or unwanted volume. This injection corrects resistant areas of fat that can't be removed with common weight loss techniques due to genetics, aging, and several other conditions. If you are near a healthy, stable weight, but exercise and diet have not been able to eliminate the fat in your submental area, Kybella may be the correct option for your goals. While Kybella can be used to remove small or moderate pockets of fat in the upper neck, significant pockets of fat may be better suited for surgical neck liposuction at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"Aesthetica is indeed one of the best cosmetic surgery and laser centers in Loudoun. Dr. Chang is a born artist. Highly recommended!"- S.G. / Facebook / Aug 07, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Chang and the staff at Aesthetica. The positive, caring staff, including nurse Katy, were outstanding every step of the way, as are the results Dr. Chang delivered. I am 100 percent satisfied with my procedure and will return. Choosing Aesthetica was a wonderful decision. Don’t waste your time going anywhere else!"- L. / Google / Aug 02, 2019
"This past Tuesday I had a Botox treatment with Melanie. I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable and caring she was throughout the procedure. The way she communicated put me at ease and gave me comfort. She has a natural ability to make patients feel safe and confident. This experience surpassed my expectations and I fully plan on recommending her to all of my friends. Aesthetica is a top notch Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center run by Dr. Chang who is always friendly, caring and knows how to help a woman achieve her cosmetic goals."- T.R. / Facebook / Jul 18, 2019
"My name is Carmen, and I live in Lucketts, Virginia. Back in May of 2016 I had an accident with our dog, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier. The dog leaped up and bit me on the center of my upper lip, causing the skin to rip open. I was very upset and scared, and I was also concerned that my face would be permanently disfigured for the rest of my life.My husband John took me that Sunday afternoon to the Emergency room of Loudoun Hospital. After waiting one hour, the nurse cleaned my lip and gave me a tetanus injection. Then they told me there was no surgeon that evening, so a nurse practitioner would do the stitches on my lip. I was very worried, so I asked for a plastic surgeon, and they said that was impossible, because the only one available was out of the office that day. However, they said they would try to reach him. They did call him, and Dr. PHILLIP CHANG came to treat me after an hour. I am grateful for life to him, not only because he really is a magician the way that he stitched me, also the fact that he offered to come to the hospital on Sunday on his weekend evening without even knowing me.He treated me with kindness and great professionalism and care. He calmed my nerves and was all about optimism from the start. He assured me that, by using a proper method, nearly all of my injury would not be visible because of his experience in treating similar cases. He sewed the wound carefully, and then treated me so well that there is almost no evidence of the injury.I highly recommend DR. PHILLIP CHANG for such an injury. There are not enough words I can find to express my gratitude to him. That’s the reason I am writing my story. HE IS THE BEST.-Carmen Lucketts, VirginiaSent from my iPad"- C.D. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
Reduce Neck Fat Today
Kybella is a lunchtime nonsurgical treatment that will take about 15 minutes.
- Step 1 - Topical numbing medicine is applied prior to the procedure
- Step 2 - A template marking injection points is placed
- Step 3 - Injection of Kybella is performed.
Kybella is done during an appointment in one of our treatment rooms. Dr. Chang may apply a numbing gel to the injected area, if desired, once the skin is clean. The injection lasts around 15 minutes, which comprises of a few small injections into the upper neck area. Patients may require a single treatment to get to their desired look, while some may want a few injections spaced three weeks between each appointment at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center.
What to Expect with Kybella®
What is the recovery like after Kybella?
You will have mild to moderate swelling from the Kybella up to a week. Most patients can still return to work the same day but you may want to wait until the next day
- Expect mild swelling, redness, and some numbness for up to a week
- Icing for 1-2 days is encouraged to reduce discomfort and swelling
- Final results may take up to a month
Injections of Kybella don't need general anesthesia, so you are allowed to leave our office when you are ready to return to your daily routine. You may notice short-term numbness, bruising, or swelling below your chin, although this shouldn't last more than a couple of days.
Contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center right away if you are noticing any unusual symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, facial muscle weakness, or if your facial expressions are uneven. While the fat that is eliminated does not regenerate, the cells left over can grow larger, so you need to keep a stable weight after your Kybella treatments to keep new pockets of fat from developing. Ideal results after this procedure leave your neck appearing sleeker and slimmer and your neckline will be better defined.
What are the risks and complications of Kybella ?
As with any procedure, there are associated risks. All injectable fillers have the potential to be lumpy or irregular as well cause bruising or swelling. Kybella is not approved for patients under 18 years old and should not be used in areas outside of the neck and chin. There is a risk to the motor nerve to the lower lip.
Kybella Ideal Candidates
Why should you choose Dr. Chang to perform your Facial Filler treatment?
Dr. Chang and his Cosmetic Nurses at Aesthetica have been designated as Black Diamond expert injectors by Allergan. This puts us in the top 1% injectors of Botox and Cosmetic Fillers in the US. For this reason, patients with complications from all over Loudoun and Northern Virginia seek out our clinic for corrective procedures and advice. Dr. Chang’s expertise in cosmetic surgery has been highlighted in New Beauty magazine and is he is regularly voted as a top plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia
How much does Kybella cost?
Kybella costs $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the number of treatments required for desired results. The price of Kybella treatments will depend on the size of the area being treated. Before your consultation, a customized plan will be created that can work to fit your specific budget. A member of our team can also discuss alternative payment options with you during your consultation.
How does Kybella work?
The active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, works to break down and destroy fat cells in the body. After they are destroyed, these fat cells will not grow back. Therefore, additional Kybella treatments are not typically necessary once you have reached your desired outcome.
Can Kybella be used to treat other areas of the body?
Currently, Kybella is only available for treatment of the area below the chin. Kybella has been proven to effectively reduce the appearance of a double chin. However, it has not yet been FDA approved for use on other areas of the body.
Who is not eligible for a Kybella treatment?
There are a few factors that could make an individual unable to receive a Kybella treatment. Candidates must be over the age of 18, cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding, and cannot have any infection at the treatment site. Prior to receiving treatment, you should share any health concerns and your medical history with your injector so that they can decide if you are eligible for treatment.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
During your consultation, a customized treatment plan will be tailored to meet your desired results. Most often, patients receive between 2 – 4 Kybella treatments before achieving their wanted outcome. Kybella treatments must also be spaced about one month apart with six maximum treatments total.
How do you know if you are a better candidate for Kybella or Liposuction?
Double chin fat or larger fat collections can be treated by both Kybella and / or Liposuction. Both are office-based procedure that take less than an hour to perform. Patients with mild to moderate fat collections are better candidates for Kybella because these patients will usually need only one or two treatments for less than $2,000 dollars. Larger fat collections might take more treatments and more money. These patients might be better candidates for neck liposuction which will cost about $3,000 for one treatment.
Are the results from Kybella permanent?
Kybella destroys the targeted fat cells permanently. It is important to understand, however, that not all of the cells are destroyed. Therefore, patients with significant weight gain can regain fat under their chin.
Will the skin sag after Kybella treatments?
Kybella does not by itself shrink skin. Patients with good elasticity and mild to moderate fat will generally have a good result with excellent skin retraction. This might not be true if there is a lot of fat removed or if there is poor skin elasticity.
Who performs Kybella treatments in Loudoun and Northern Virginia?
Kybella is a treatment for the removal of neck fat. The procedure is available at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, Radiance Salon and Medical Spas in Leesburg ( Lansdowne ) and Ashburn NOVA.
Even though everybody else in your family may have to mask their genetic "double chin" does not mean you need to. Make an initial consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang to get more information about the new Kybella injectable treatments at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Erase your "double chin" so you can enjoy a strong, defined jawline today.