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Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D. is excited to offer Kybella at his Novato Medical Spa. Kybella is a remarkable non-surgical treatment that safely and permanently reduces submental fullness commonly known as the double chin. This injectable treatment contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that helps the body break down and destroy dietary fat. When injected into fatty tissue below the chin, Kybella immediately melts fat cells in the treatment area. Once the dead cells are absorbed and inflammation from the treatment subsides, a more elegant, sculpted profile is revealed.
Now that there is a way to correct submental fullness without surgery, achieving the chin of your dreams is easier than ever. Approved by the FDA, Kybella has quickly become one of the most requested treatments among our Marin County patients.
Treatment with Kybella is similar to treatment with other injectables. Dr. Delgado and our trained nurse injector, Ariel Kirk, administer all Kybella injections. First, a numbing cream or local anesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort. Then, tiny amounts of Kybella are injected at carefully selected locations under the chin. Most patients will receive between 20-30 injections during their first session. After 6 weeks, some patients will need a second round of treatment to eliminate any remaining pockets of fat.
After Kybella injections, patients can resume normal activities immediately. Most people experience noticeable swelling under the chin and in the upper neck after treatment. This is normal. The body is responding to the treatment and is working to eliminate the dead fat cells. The area may appear red and feel hot or tender to the touch. Dr. Delgado encourages his patients to use cold compresses to reduce swelling and speed the recovery process.
The majority of swelling will dissipate within the first week, but a small amount of swelling can linger for up to 6 weeks. Once all swelling has subsided, the final results of the treatment can be seen. At this point, Dr. Delgado examines his patients to gauge the success of the treatment and decide whether a second round of Kybella injections will be required. Individuals with a substantial amount of fat under the chin may wish to undergo a treatment to tighten skin once the fat has been removed.
For many years, liposuction was the only way to correct submental fullness. While incredibly effective, liposuction is an invasive procedure that requires several days of downtime and carries with it the risk of infection. CoolSculpting is another non-invasive treatment that was recently approved for treating a double chin. Dr. Delgado highly recommends CoolSculpting, which destroys fat cells by exposing them to very low temperatures, for certain patients. In order for CoolSculpting to be effective, there must be enough fat to fit between the cooling panels. If a patient doesn’t have enough fat under the chin or the surface area of the fat cannot be accommodated by the CoolSculpt panel, then Dr. Delgado may recommend an alternative treatment, such as Kybella.
If you are bothered by the appearance of a double chin, we encourage you to meet with Dr. Delgado at his Novato Medical Spa. Kybella is a safe and effective way to sculpt your chin and improve your overall appearance. Dr. Delgado and his team of experienced nurse injectors will work with you to customize your very own treatment plan. Call to schedule your initial consultation today.