Do you feel self-conscious about extra fat underneath your chin? Extra fat build-up under the chin can make a face appear older and may make you look heavier than you are. Even when some patients eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly can still develop submental fullness under the chin creating the appearance of a double chin.
Kybella® is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive injectable treatment that can actually destroy the fat cells under the chin. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg is trained in the administration of Kybella for effective and natural results. Dr. Engelberg has a highly trained artistic eye for creating aesthetically pleasing facial balance. Kybella is another way for Dr. Engelberg to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Dr. Engelberg provides facial esthetic treatments, including Kybella, Botox, and Juvederm, in the comfort of his Arlington Heights dentist office to provide patients with comprehensive smile design.
What to Expect
Kybella works by destroying fat cells underneath the chin area. Kybella’s active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that breaks down fat. Once injected, Kybella destroys the fat cells, making them unable to accumulate fat in the future. Once your treatment series is completed, future treatments will most likely not be necessary.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Dr. Engelberg will use thorough, comprehensive, and personalized treatment planning to ensure accurate and natural-looking results. Dr. Engelberg will work with you to determine the number of injections necessary to achieve your desired cosmetic results.
Most patients require 6 treatments over the course of several months. The number of treatments and injections will be determined by the amount of fat buildup you have and your desired profile results. Each treatment session only takes about 20 minutes.
Submental fullness is often resistant to exercise and diet and requires additional treatments to reduce. Kybella is highly effective for healthy patients who experience stubborn fat build-up under their chin. Dr. Engelberg will perform a thorough health review to ensure Kybella is right for you.
Effective Treatment For Men and Women
Kybella provides long-term results for the reduction of fat under the chin for both men and women. Both men and women can develop submental fullness and many can be successfully treated with Kybella. Genetics, weight gain or loss, and aging can create excess fat under the chin.
Some patients may experience minor swelling or redness after treatment, but downtime is usually minimal.
What can’t I do after my Kybella treatment?
3 to 5 days after Kybella treatment, avoid:
- Heavy lifting
- Rubbing or touching your face
- Facials or chemical treatments
You can experience inflammation if you do intense exercise or heavy lifting directly after your treatment. Touching your face or receiving facial treatments can also irritate your face.
What medications should I avoid after Kybella?
Do not take NSAIDs like Motrin, Aspirin, Aleve, steroids like prednisone, and anticoagulants after Kybella. You also want to avoid herbal medicines and vitamins like ginseng root, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, fish oil, garlic, and kava kava.
What should I avoid before Kybella treatment?
Skincare is important before Kybella. Seven days before your Kybella treatment, avoid:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid
- Glycolic acid
- Hair removal cream
These products and practices can increase irritation during treatment. We also recommend avoiding alcohol and coffee 24 to 48 hours before your Kybella treatment.
Can I drink coffee after Kybella?
We recommend avoiding caffeine 24 to 48 hours after your Kybella treatment. Do not drink caffeinated beverages like coffee after treatment because they can increase swelling and irritation at treatment sites.
When will I see the results from Kybella?
After two to four weeks, your Kybella results will be apparent. However, you will see the full results of Kybella after 3 months. You will notice a reduction in fat under your chin at this time.
Does Kybella help you lose weight?
No. Kybella is not a weight loss treatment. Kybella addresses excess fat under the chin. However, you will not lose a significant amount of weight with Kybella treatment. Kybella will only treat fat under the chin and not in any other areas of the body.