Men and women of all body types can have submental fullness, which is often referred to as a “double chin.” When our patients have expressed interest in reducing the appearance of a double chin in the past, liposuction was typically the best solution. Now, with FDA-approved KYBELLA®, we are able to provide our patients with a non-surgical, minimally invasive way to address submental fullness. This innovative treatment involves strategically placed injections designed to gradually reduce the appearance of a double chin through the destruction of stubborn fat cells.
If you are interested in KYBELLA® and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerome Liu or Dr. Tom Liu, please contact our practice today.
Am I a Candidate?
In your consultation, one of our San Jose plastic surgeons—Dr. Tom Liu or Dr. Jerome Liu—will assess your individual needs and help you determine if KYBELLA® is right for you. Generally speaking, most patients with fat accumulation in the submental region can be considered good candidates for KYBELLA® if they have sufficient skin elasticity and supportive musculature. KYBELLA® cannot tighten skin, so patients who have excessive loose skin under the chin or along the jawline may be better served by an alternative procedure, such as a facelift.
How Does KYBELLA® Work?
KYBELLA® consists of a unique solution that is carefully injected directly into the areas of fat buildup under the chin. This revolutionary treatment is able to break down diet- and exercise-resistant fat cells in the targeted area—once destroyed, the fat cells are removed from the body via natural processes. As the fat cells are eliminated over time, the contour of the treated area will continue to improve.
How Long is Recovery?
After receiving KYBELLA® injections, patients may experience some bruising and/or swelling in the treatment area, but these side effects resolve on their own over time. Any soreness can typically be resolved with ice packs and/or mild over-the-counter pain medication. Swelling can sometimes last up to one week, but is easily manageable. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities shortly after leaving our office.
How Long Will Results Last?
As KYBELLA® works to break down and eliminate stubborn fat cells in the submental region, results will gradually become evident. Ideal results may take several weeks to a few months to become fully apparent as the fat cells are progressively destroyed and naturally filtered out of the body. The initial treatment usually requires two sessions, but future retreatment is typically not needed to maintain results, as long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
Discover What KYBELLA® Can Do for You
To learn more about KYBELLA® and find out if it is the appropriate treatment for your cosmetic concerns, please contact our office today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons.