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Kybella™ San Francisco

There are some parts of the body where no amount of dieting and exercise can seem to effectively shift unwanted fat, and the underside of the chin is one such area. A double chin can make us feel extremely self-conscious about our profile, but thankfully there is a proven non-surgical solution to this problem for patients who do not wish to undergo submental liposuction. Kybella™ is an FDA-approved injectable that can improve the appearance of adults suffering from submental fat (fat below the chin). Injected in small amounts over a targeted area, it destroys fat cells for good, allowing patients to experience dramatic improvements in the reduction of chin fat. Controlled inflammation caused by the injection also provides a lifting and tightening effect to the skin, resulting in more pleasing neck and chin contours.

What is Kybella made of and how does it work?

Kybella is composed of deoxycholate, a naturally occurring organic compound that can be found in the body. When injected into concentrated pockets of fat such as the submental area, is degrades the membranes of fat cells specifically. As lipolysis (the breakdown of the fat cells) occurs, it sets up an inflammatory response where macrophages and the lymphatic system work to eliminate the destroyed cells. Inflammation that occurs when the lipids are released into the tissues further works to create a skin tightening effect for a very natural looking result.

Is Kybella permanent?

Because the adult body contains a finite number of fat cells, results from a Kybella treatment can be considered permanent so long as a stable and healthy weight is maintained, and the remaining fat cells do not expand. Once fat cells are destroyed, they do not come back.

What can Kybella treat?

While Kybella has thus far only been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of submental fat, as one of the most experienced Kybella providers in the world Dr. Maas has already successfully used this product to treat liposuction or Coolsculpting irregularities in areas such as the abdomen, hips, back, and thighs. He also offers Kybella for the treatment of cellulite.

What happens during and after a Kybella treatment?

Multiple small injections will be made just below the skin surface, into the deeper fatty tissues that are being targeted. A template will be used to mark out the exact areas the injections will be placed. Once the injections are complete, you will be free to return home.

You will be provided with a compression garment to not only reduce swelling in the first few days of treatment, but also to help you achieve optimal results in fewer treatments. If you cannot wear it throughout the day, we strongly encourage you to at least wear it at night.

How many Kybella treatments are needed to see results?

This depends entirely on how much unwanted fat needs to be dissolved. For some patients with heavier hanging necks, up to four or five sessions may be needed in order to achieve optimal results. Other patients see great results in just a single treatment.

Is Kybella painful?

Although 30 to over 50 injections may be performed in a treatment, it is not as uncomfortable as it sounds. The needle used in a Kybella treatment is among the thinnest available. Dr. Maas prioritizes patient comfort, and understands that there is often a slight burning sensation associated with the drug. To that end, he adds a little bit of lidocaine to the Kybella solution to further reduce any pain you may feel.

Are there any side effects to Kybella?

Those undergoing treatments may expect temporary side effects including bruising, swelling, pain and numbness. A small subset of patients may suffer more dramatic swelling underneath the neck. As a general rule of thumb, the more Kybella is injected, the more swelling you will experience. Patients can have a longer recovery but a bigger improvement with a large dose, or a shorter recovery with a more modest dose depending on the patient’s anatomy. We will ensure that you are fully informed about the options, risks, and benefits of the treatment during your in-person consultation with us. Improper placement of injections can lead to side effects such as skin ulcers or sores forming. Rest assured that Dr. Maas will take great care to ensure that your Kybella injections are placed with great precision, so as to avoid facial nerves or muscle tissue.

It is imperative to choose a injector with the necessary experience and training to reduce the possibility of side effects from a Kybella treatment. Dr. Maas was a principal investigator in the study of Kybella, administering over 300 treatments at his San Francisco clinic before it was available nationwide. We are proud to be experts in the use of this injectable to help our patients achieve the best possible results. If you are interested in learning more about Kybella treatments in San Francisco, please call The Maas Clinic at (415) 567-7000 or contact us through our online form today.

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