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As the body ages, it processes fat less efficiently. Excess fat collecting beneath the chin may make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, and unfortunately make you look older. Treating a double chin once involved surgery or liposuction.

Now, however, the FDA has approved KybellaTM to dissolve excess submental (beneath the chin) fat. This treatment is offered by double board certified and fellowship-trained Baltimore plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Rottman can help you look and feel younger and more confident.

What is KybellaTM?

KybellaTM is an injectable identical to the deoxycholic acid produced by your body, a natural chemical that breaks down fat. Many people, either due to genetics or aging, have excess fat beneath the chin and are seeking treatment to achieve a more defined, sculpted, youthful look. KybellaTM treatments work by targeting and killing fat cells collected under the chin.

As the weeks pass, the area slowly reduces in size. The fat cells targeted by the injections are gone forever.

Benefits of KybellaTM

KybellaTM has several benefits:

  • Forever banish the fat cells creating a “double chin”
  • Non-invasive procedure that replaces traditional surgeries
  • Minimal downtime after the procedure
  • Each treatment takes place in the office in less than 30 minutes

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Non-Surgical Treatment for a Double Chin: KybellaTM

In the past, the only options to reduce a double chin were invasive, including a neck lift, lower facelift, or liposuction. While these treatments are appropriate for some patients, many can now reduce the size and unsightly appearance of a double chin without surgery.

Does KybellaTM really work?

Two recent American clinical trials included over 1,000 participants. Those who were given KybellaTM reported a noticeable reduction in fat beneath their chin over participants who were given a placebo. KybellaTM has been approved by the FDA as a safe, non-invasive alternative to surgery.

What should I expect from KybellaTM treatments?

KybellaTM treatment sessions are very similar to other injectable treatments such as BOTOX®, Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Each KybellaTM session involves an average of 10 to 20 injections. Up to 40 injections may be needed for patients with a large double chin. The region will be photographed and marked prior to the injections. Each in-office treatment session will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and a series of treatments may need to be scheduled.

Side Effects of KybellaTM Treatments

There may be some temporary side effects, such as mild bruising, tenderness, and swelling. The treatment area may also feel firmer than other areas of your jawline, chin, and neck. This is not unusual and generally diminishes over the following few days.

Dr. Rottman expects most patients will reach the most dramatic improvement with two to three sessions, but more can be scheduled if appropriate.

Is KybellaTM approved for use in other areas of body fat?

Currently, the FDA has approved KybellaTM for fat reduction under the chin. It is not yet approved for treating excess arm or belly fat. Further testing is necessary to determine if KybellaTM will be suitable for these areas.

What is the cost of KybellaTM treatments?

Pricing for KybellaTM is determined based on the number of injections and treatment sessions required to achieve the optimal result for the patient. KybellaTM is priced by the number of vials used in treatment, similar to the price of dermal fillers. This treatment is not covered by insurance as Kybella™ is used for cosmetic purposes.

Is KybellaTM the right choice for me?

Dr. Rottman recommends KybellaTM for patients who feel uncomfortable, embarrassed or unattractive as a result of an unsightly double chin. It is effective for both men and women who have excess fat beneath the chin.

The results can have a dramatic improvement to your appearance, and the beauty of the treatment is that the affected fat cells are gone forever.

If you would like to learn more about KybellaTM, contact Dr. Rottman’s Baltimore office to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Steven J. Rottman is a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery expert who serves the men and women of Baltimore and surrounding areas. Dr. Rottman is recognized for his approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery that gives his patients exceptional natural-looking results.

Because each patient is unique, Dr. Rottman uses both traditional and advanced techniques for his procedures.

Please contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rottman.

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