Kybella®: A single injectable treatment to banish a double chin

A double chin or “turkey wattle” is a common concern. Fat or “submental fullness” under the chin can make you feel less than your best, older than your chronological age, and less vibrant than you actually feel. The reality is people across the age spectrum and of varying fitness levels can develop excess chin fat. The predisposition toward developing fat along the jawline may be written in your DNA. 

Kybella® works wonders on this type of excess, which tends not to respond well to traditional weight loss measures, a healthy diet, and exercise. 

Kybella® stands alone

Kirwan Plastic Surgery of Norwalk, Connecticut, is pleased to offer the only FDA-approved injectable designed to eliminate fat cells effectively and safely in the submental area. In doing so, more defined contours and a rejuvenated profile are achieved.

Many nonsurgical procedures administered by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Laurence Kirwan, are solutions injected through fine needles to plump up sunken areas of the face and smooth creases. These injectable treatments include dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and neuromodulators like Botox®. Kybella®, too, is an injectable procedure. It is used to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat between the head and neck. 

The secret ingredient behind Kybella® is deoxycholic acid. This molecule can be found naturally in the body and aids in breaking down and absorbing fat. Kybella® is not derived from human or animal sources and is the first prescription nonsurgical treatment approved by the FDA for moderate to severe submental fat. 

After ruling out any underlying medical conditions of the head and neck as the cause of submental fullness, Dr. Kirwan discusses your goals for treatment. The number of sessions and the average dose per session depends on your pre-treatment chin profile and goals. 

What to expect

Generally, each treatment session involves placing a cold compress or numbing medication like lidocaine for added comfort in the treatment area. Dr. Kirwan injects Kybella® into the fat under the chin, a procedure that typically requires no longer than 15 to 20 minutes. 

Since the procedure is not invasive, you can return to most activities without missing a beat. Lengthy preparations before treatment are not necessary, nor do you have to contend with unwanted complications following the procedure like you might with surgical interventions such as facelifts and liposuction. 

Swelling, bruising, tenderness, and a loss of sensation are characterized as the most common “adverse reactions.” In the capable hands of Dr. Kirwan, the chances of developing these reactions are minimized, and if they do occur, they are temporary and limited to the injection site. Kybella® must be combined with proper technique, as the safety and effectiveness of treatment depend on the correct placement of the needles and dosage of the formulation. 

A more youthful “you” awaits!

Deoxycholic acid stimulates a process that eventually causes the fat cells to die. Many patients experienced a noticeably smoother and toned chin in 2 to 4 sessions scheduled at monthly intervals. Almost 80%of Kybella®-treated patients were reportedly satisfied with the treatment results and experienced less embarrassment and self-consciousness about the appearance of their face and neck.

Once treated cells are destroyed, they cannot store or accumulate fat in the injection site. So, “maintenance” sessions are not necessary. Please schedule a consultation today to learn more about Kybella® and our range of nonsurgical therapies at Kirwan Plastic Surgery. Our Norwalk, CT team can be reached at (203) 838-8844.


Before & After Photos