Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that improves the appearance of submental fullness, also known as a “double chin.” Submental fullness is a very common cosmetic condition that impacts almost all individuals.

A double chin, which is resistant to diet and exercise, can be affected by several factors, including genetics, weight gain, and aging. Many patients are self-conscious about a double chin because it can cause a heavier appearance to the face and impact the natural contours of the chin. Kybella treatment is the first cosmetic procedure of its kind and is a great alternative for individuals with moderate-to-severe submental fullness who do not wish to undergo a neck lift or other surgical procedures. It can also be used off-label for other areas of the face and body, such as jowls or knees, and this can be reviewed with your provider.

How Kybella® Works

Kybella, an FDA-approved injectable treatment made by the well-known manufacturer Allergan, is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes an active ingredient called deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body. Deoxycholic acid helps break down and absorb unnecessary dietary fat cells. In its synthetic form, deoxycholic acid can be injected into the submental area to reduce subcutaneous fat cells and achieve a more contoured chin profile.

When Kybella is injected into the submental fat beneath the chin, it destroys the excess fat cells. Once Kybella causes the destruction of the excess fat cells, those fat cells are unable to store or accumulate future fat, offering long-lasting results. In clinical studies, Kybella and deoxycholic acid have been shown to be very effective at destroying fat cells in the treatment area.

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Dr. Lucie Capek offers advanced cosmetic plastic surgery from the unique perspective of a female plastic surgeon. Since 1996, she has been serving patients in the Capital District from Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Troy, NY. She is known for using the latest technology to perform body contouring, breast surgery, and facial cosmetic surgery. She personalizes every treatment to give each patient the most natural-looking results, enhancing their beauty and increasing their self-confidence. Above all, her practice is dedicated to your health and wellness. Dr. Capek understands that your beauty and confidence is about more than just your appearance. To schedule your first consultation, contact Lucie Capek, MD.


Is Kybella® right for me?

Only a consultation with you and Dr. Capek or one of her providers can determine if Kybella treatment is right for you. They will examine you and determine whether Kybella can achieve your desired goals. They will also discuss your medical history to determine if Kybella treatment is safe for you. Finally, they will recommend how many treatments you need based on your aesthetic desires. Most patient need a series of 2-4 visits to achieve optimal change.

Kybella injections are not for people that have an infection in the treatment area or who have certain bleeding problems, facial muscle weakness, or trouble swallowing. Kybella injections are also not indicated for severe fat deposits or as a weight loss method. If you are 18 years or older, at a relatively stable weight, and want to eliminate your double chin, or other area with a small amount of excess fat on the body, you are most likely a great candidate for Kybella.

Kybella works best on firmer skin – it cannot get rid of sagging skin under the chin and if this is a concern, you may be a better candidate for a neck lift surgery. It also cannot correct a weak chin. Dr. Capek can help you determine the best treatment plan for your chin area if these other concerns are present.

The Kybella Treatment

You and your provider will design a treatment plan customized for your particular concerns. During your treatment sessions, our licensed injector will administer a topical numbing agent to the treatment site, inject a local anesthetic and then inject Kybella into the fat cells at multiple injection sites. This usually follows a grid pattern to ensure the deoxycholic acid injections treat the whole area evenly. Ice is applied immediately to soothe the area and limit swelling, which occurs almost immediately. After the Kybella injections, you can return home.

Kybella Recovery and Results

Over the next four to six weeks, the deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells in the treated area. The body then flushes the ruptures subcutaneous fat cells out through the metabolic system as a waste product. It’s normal to have some swelling and redness at the injection sites and treatment area for about a week for most people. Some decrease in volume may be visible before your next treatment session.

You may begin to see a noticeable improvement in contour after two treatments. Most patients see optimal results within 2-4 treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart, but up to six treatments may be necessary to treat any remaining fat cells and achieve your desired results. With a healthy lifestyle that prevents weight gain, many patients enjoy permanent results with Kybella treatments.

What are the risks?

The most common side effects of Kybella treatment include temporary swelling, pain, bruising, redness, numbness, and hard lumps of the injection sites. Generally, these side effects are not serious and resolve within a week or two. Discomfort usually lasts only a day or two and can be treated with an ice pack and over-the counter medications. More serious but rare side effects may include difficulty swallowing or nerve weakness in the lower lip. Dr. Capek and her staff will inform you about all the risks and complications of this FDA-approved treatment and develop an appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.

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