Bothered by a “double chin” or fullness in your neck? For those who are plagued by excessive fat under the chin leading to an unattractive heavy neck appearance, there is now an exciting new non-surgical treatment to reduce these fatty deposits permanently.
Excessive fat in the neck creates fullness and blunting of the jawline and neckline. This can give the face a fat, heavy appearance. Neck fullness not only makes the face and neck look heavy, but makes us appear overall heavier and out of shape. By contrast, a smooth, defined neckline and jawline helps us look thin, fit and trim. Traditional treatments for excessive neck fullness, including liposuction and face and neck lifting procedures, are very effective, but do require surgery and are associated with a few weeks of downtime. Now there is a new non-surgical treatment to address this concern.
KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals has just announced the first and only FDA approved injectable treatment for the ‘double chin’. The product is called KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid) and is a non-surgical treatment to reduce submental fullness (fat under the chin). This is a common aesthetic complaint as fullness in the anterior neck under our chin causes loss of the smooth jaw and neckline. Submental neck fullness can be an inherited feature, visible at an early age, or develop over time as we age and accumulate more fat under our chin.
The procedure involves specially trained physicians injecting KYBELLA into the fat under the chin. The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, gradually dissolves fat by breaking up the fat cells in the area surrounding injection. These ruptured fat cells will gradually be resorbed by your body and eliminated, resulting in reduced volume of fat in the area.
Results of the treatment are generally visible over 30 days as the fat cells are broken up and naturally removed by your body. Most patients will have a series of two to four treatments to achieve maximum results, but some patients may require as many as six treatments for optimal results. The treatment plan is tailored by your physician and adjusted based on your results.
Side effects of the treatment include swelling, redness, bruising, pain and numbness in the treatment area, most of which resolves over the first month. However, some patients will have persistence of these side effects beyond 30 days. Repeat treatments are generally scheduled 30 days apart in order to assess the effect of each treatment.
KYBELLA was approved by FDA in April 2015. It is a non-human and non-animal formulation of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
Clinical studies showed that 79% of patients treated with KYBELLA reported satisfaction with their appearance in association with their face and chin. Patients also experienced significant improvement in the visual and emotional impact of submental fat after treatment when asked how bothered, self-conscious, embarrassed, old and over-weight they felt in relation to the amount of their submental fat compared to before treatment with KYBELLA.
In summary, KYBELLA is the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours moderate to severe submental fullness, referred to the ‘double chin’. This fullness can affect all adults, leading to an older and heavier look, and has previously only been treatable with surgical intervention including face and neck lifting and/or liposuction. The treatment involves a series of injections 30 days apart, administered by a specially trained physician.
– Dr. Patrick Flaharty of Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa is a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery and recently published a 21st century guide, Look Younger Now: Fillers, Face Lifts and Everything in Between. Azul Medical Spa includes two Southwest Florida office locations: 13470 Parker Commons Boulevard, Suite 101 in Fort Myers and 23451 Walden Center Drive, Suite 400 in Bonita Springs. For more information on the Laser Hair Removal or to make an appointment, please call (239) 415-7576 or visit www.AzulBeauty.com.
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