If you feel embarrassed by the appearance of a “double chin” and would like to improve your facial profile without undergoing a surgical procedure, consider Kybella® in Fort Worth. Both Dr. Matthew H. Steele and Licensed Aesthetician and Certified Injector Jennifer Geyer, have treated numerous patients with this non-surgical, injectable procedure that eliminates fat deposits (called submental fat) beneath the chin and can offer you specialized care and expertise. Certified by both The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT), Dr. Steele can thoroughly explain what Kybella® can do for you.
The active injectable ingredient in Kybella® is called deoxycholic acid and is similar to natural acids produced in the digestive system. As Kybella® is injected into the fat under the chin, it ruptures the walls of fat cells, causing the fat to essentially drain out and be absorbed by the body. In most cases, patients will need to have two to six treatments (spaced out at least one month apart) to achieve desired results.
Benefits of Kybella® include:
You should notify Dr. Steele about any underlying medical conditions, pregnancy or nursing, previous facial procedures, or active blood thinners before receiving Kybella®. Once you are cleared for medical candidacy, our clinic will schedule your appointment.
Before the treatment, you will be asked to wash your face and neck to reduce the risk of infection. Your chin will then be sanitized with a surgical scrub, and Dr. Steele will mark the areas to be injected. He will then administer a local anesthetic and/or ice under your chin to help manage any pain.
Once the area is anesthetized, Dr. Steele or Jennifer will inject the various sites with a tiny needle. Patients typically receive 20 to 30 injections per session, and the process is quick and relatively painless.
After the procedure, you can go home and apply ice to your neck on and off for the next couple of days to help reduce the anticipated swelling. Also avoid vigorous exercise in the days following a Kybella® injection at our Fort Worth practice. We typically recommend rest after your treatment, so you are encouraged to take a few hours off of work or have Kybella® administered before a weekend off. Most patients see a gradual reduction of fat beneath the chin within four to six weeks after a Kybella® treatment.
Kybella® is FDA approved for specific areas of excess fat such as a double chin but is not intended to treat large areas of fat deposits on the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. Some patients experience side effects such as pain, swelling, bruising, numbness, and reddish skin, but these typically subside within a few days. Recovery time is minimal in most cases, and although downtime varies from patient to patient, side effects typically subside within one to two weeks. Patients looking for an alternative to Kybella® may be interested in the FaceTite procedure offered at our Fort Worth office.
FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to reduce fat and tighten skin. It is frequently combined with Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling for optimal reduction of loose, crepey skin. For patients looking for a single, more predictable procedure with near surgical results, FaceTite may be a better option than Kybella®.
Kybella® may be the right choice for you if you’re unhappy with a double chin and would rather not undergo more invasive procedures. If you have tried other avenues to reduce your double chin and think you might be the right candidate for Kybella® in Fort Worth, contact our office today. The staff at our clinic would be happy to discuss treatment options with you and help you to achieve the profile you are looking for.