Kybella Washington DC/McLean/Tyson’s Corner

If you are considering Kybella

Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is a FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.”

Dr. Baker sees many patients who complain about a little fat under the chin who are not quite candidates for liposuction. These are the ideal patients for treatment with Kybella. However, for more pronounced cases of fat under the chin, other procedures may be superior. Just as large volume liposuction in the tummy can leave loose skin after the fat is removed, you may notice some skin sagging if you remove a lot of excess fat from under the chin without skin tightening.

What is Kybella?

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Kybella has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide, of which over 1,600 have been treated with Kybella.

Am I a candidate for Kybella?

During a consultation with Dr. Baker he will help you determine if Kybella is right for you. Because Dr. Baker is a plastic surgeon and has experience treating necks with a wide range of procedures-Kybella, liposuction, mini neck lift, neck lift, mini facelift, and full facelift – he can compare the advantages of each approach and help every patient make the best decision for their personal goals.

How many treatments will I need?

You and Dr. Baker will customize your Kybella treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. During these sessions, Dr. Baker will administer Kybella into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.

How long will the results last?

When injected into the fat under your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with Kybella is not expected.

Risks and Complications

The safety profile of Kybella is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. Kybella can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. These are not all of the possible side effects of Kybella. Call Dr. Baker for medical advice about side effects. It is not known if Kybella is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age. It is not known if Kybella is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.

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