In this age of social media and selfie snaps, the centuries-old search for youth is now more prevalent than ever. As sharing our lives online has become increasingly popular, so has the pressure to look ones best.

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Many people think that plastic surgery is the best option to achieve the facial aesthetics they are looking for, while others may be hesitant to pursue this option— fearing invasive procedures, high cost, and long recovery times. For those people who are unhappy with their neck profile, but fear going into surgery, KYBELLA® might be just the right solution, the reason being that KYBELLA®  was specifically designed to “melt”the fat tissue and is commonly used to get rid of excessive fat under the chin.

What is KYBELLA®? How does it work?

KYBELLA®is an FDA-approved medicine used to improve one’s profile by removing moderate to severe amount of fat in the area under the chin (submental fat, more commonly known as a “double chin”). Once injected into fat under the chin, KYBELLA®causes the fat cells to melt so that they no longer store or accumulate fat. It typically takes 3-4 injections to achieve the desired aesthetic result. Once the desired neck profile is reached, no further treatment with KYBELLA®is necessary. With this simple and non-invasive procedure, many patients are able to get rid of this unwanted double chin.

How is KYBELLA®administered? What should I expect from this course of treatment?

With KYBELLA®,  a tailored treatment plan is created for each patient by their doctor, based on their chin profile, overall facial structure, and the patient’s aesthetic preferences. At each treatment, the patient is be given a number of small injections under the chin. Given the small size of the needle, most patients state that they do not experience significant discomfort during the treatment, although some burning sensation is quite common and would be expected.

A patient may receive up to six treatment sessions, with a one month between treatments. However, many patients experience visible results within just two to four KYBELLA®injections and would not benefit from further treatment. Each treatment takes about 15-20 minutes. The side effects are primarily related to the tissue reaction to KYBELLA®injection. These side effects include but are not limited to: post-injection burning sensation under the chin and mild swelling in the area. The swelling typically lasts for a few days, however,  in some occasions it may persist for a longer period of time.

Why get KYBELLA® instead of liposuction?

According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS): 67% of people say they are bothered by the contour of their neck and would benefit from removal of submental fat. KYBELLA®  is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment to alleviate this bothersome problem. With KYBELLA®,most people can improve their chin profile without the need for a surgical procedure within six months or less. Patients can now move towards their desired aesthetic without experiencing the discomfort that comes from surgery.  Since KYBELLA®is a non-surgical procedure, it does not require significant recovery time or downtime and most patients report that they return to their normal activities right away.

When contouring the chin, some patients may choose to do liposuction as a means of removing fat from the area. Both liposuction andKYBELLA® . are great options for getting rid of sub-mental fat, and each come with their own list of pros and cons.  Opting the more traditional route of liposuction comes with the advantage of having the procedure done in one visit, as opposed to multiple rounds of treatment required with KYBELLA®.However, the option of getting KYBELLA®  allows one to achieve these same results non-surgically.

Learning more about KYBELLA®  is almost as simple the treatment itself. To find out more about this cutting-edge procedure and if it’s right for you, call (212) 380-3634 to schedule a consultation at Dr. Konstantin’s New York City facial plastic surgery office. We can help you find the right course of treatment to achieve the look you want in-person, and of course to also support your best selfies.

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