At Premier Plastic Surgery, Dermatology and Acqua Blu Medical Spa we strive to offer patients the latest and the best cosmetic treatments, so we are pleased to offer Kybella, a FDA approved treatment for adults with moderate to severe under-chin fat. With this procedure, Dr Heil can help eliminate the so-called “double chin” with nothing more than a few simple injections.
Dr Heil is the first plastic surgeon to offer Kybella in Tristate Region and is honored to serve as a Regional Certified Trainer for Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injections destroy the cell membranes of fat cells so, when injected into the chin’s fat cells, the cells effectively die. After cell death, your body can naturally rid itself of the fat and you’ll notice your chin will look thinner and you’ll look younger.
Kybella is administered in a series of small injections and can be done in as many as six visits, each one month apart. Following your treatments, you may notice some swelling or redness at the injection site, but, eventually you will notice that your chin looks youthful and taut.
In the past, the only way to eliminate a double-chin fat deposit was through submental liposuction, a surgical procedure. Submental liposuction is one of the less invasive procedures, but it is still surgery. Liposuction requires local or general anesthesia and is usually performed in a surgical suite. There is a significant recovery time associated with liposuction – a week or more for most people. That recovery period can be associated with pain, swelling and numbness. In other words, liposuction is a procedure that simply isn’t for everybody. Another procedure patients may opt for is a facelift to give the appearance of a taut jaw. However, a facelift will not actually remove the chin fat; it will simply tighten the skin around the fat and pull it upwards. Kybella will actually destroy the fat cells and offers the following benefits:
The best candidates for Kybella in Pittsburgh will exhibit the following characteristics:
Kybella is an injectable product that can be used to help your body to rid itself of fat cells that form under the chin (submental fat). Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid, which is naturally produced by the body to absorb fat. If Kybella is injected into a cell, it destroys the cell’s membrane and causes the cell to die. Therefore, when Kybella is injected into the fat cells underneath your chin, the cells die and are absorbed by your body for removal.
There is no strict recovery period for Kybella injections, though you may want to avoid strenuous exercise for the next couple of days. You should be able to return to work immediately. There may be some mild discomfort, bruising, redness and swelling from the injections, but these can usually be treated with an ice pack and some Tylenol. After your Kybella injection, Dr. Heil will provide you with individualized post-injection care instructions. It’s important, in order to protect the results of your treatment, that you follow those instructions as closely as possible.
It will probably take 3 to 6 treatments about one month apart in order for you to get full results. It also takes several weeks for the fat breakdown in your chin to begin showing noticeable effects. Optimal effects are usually achieved in roughly twelve weeks, though this can vary based on the desired results and individual variation in the patient.
If you’re bothered by your double-chin or by excess submental tissues, you no longer have to rely on surgery to get the results you want. Kybella grants you a non-surgical way to eliminate unwanted chin fat. So don’t settle for the double-chin you have—get the chin you want. Please contact us and schedule a consultation to determine if Kybella could be helpful for you and your appearance. Call us today in Wexford at 724.933.1800 or Pittsburgh at 412.835.5550.