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Double Chin Reduction

This is an exciting new treatment recently FDA approved to improve the appearance of the double chin without surgery.

Are you unhappy with the fullness below your chin, despite being in relatively good physical condition? According to a recent study, more than 66% of consumers are bothered by the appearance of their neck and chin. Fullness in this area can lead to an older heavier look. Now, there is a non surgical solution.

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What is Kybella?

Kybella reduces the fat under the chin (submental fat) without surgery. Previously, the only means of effective fat reduction in that area was liposuction. Many people shied away from surgery for various reasons. With Kybella, there is no fear of anesthesia, no “recovery” and no downtime, meaning you can get right back into your normal routine.

Where can Kybella be used?

Kybella is FDA approved for the submental (below the chin) area. Deoxycholic Acid, the active ingredient, was used to dissolve fat elsewhere on the body many years ago, a procedure called Mesotherapy. It may be that as we gain more experience in smaller areas such as the chin, that we will once again begin to apply this procedure elsewhere, but the need for large quantities of Kybella may make this prohibitive.

How does Kybella work?

Kybella is a synthetic version of an enzyme, deoxycholic acid, which is naturally found in the liver. Deoxycholic acid is a bile salt that aids in fat digestion. When injected, it causes disruption of the cell membrane leading to a release of the fat.  The fat is naturally removed from your system over a few weeks, resulting in a reduction in size and improvement in appearance of the double chin.

Am I a good candidate for Kybella?

Kybella offers a solution to treat excess submental fat in both men and women. We commonly think of fat being caused by weight gain, but genetics and the aging process can be culprits as well. A double chin makes us look older and heavier. Removing the fat recontours the area, improving the jowl and providing a generally younger and healthier appearance leading to improved self confidence. Good candidates have pinchable fat under the chin, eat well and are generally healthy. Kybella will reduce the volume of fat. Although it does not specifically help the “curtains” that sometimes hang from the neck (platysmal bands and loose skin), it will provide an overall improvement in the appearance.

How many Kybella treatments will I need?

Two to four treatments are usually required to see your desired result. The number of treatments depend on the amount of fat which is present. They are spaced 4-8 weeks apart. Typically, you begin to see a change 2 or 3 weeks after the treatment since the body is gradually removing the fat.

How is a Kybella treatment performed?

The treatment is very simple and takes about 15-20 minutes. Dr. Friedlander will mark the area to be treated with a grid. An ice pack is applied followed by a local anesthetic. Ice can be used afterwards. Some patients experience swelling or bruising. Most people experience mild tenderness or numbness in the area treated. All of these disappear spontaneously and do not affect your return to routine activities.

Schedule a Kybella consultation

For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for Kybella please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at 973-524-7124.


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