The team at Eye Physicians of Long Beach are pleased to offer this FDA approved treatment to treat sagging skin under the chin and neck…also referred to as a double chin or submental fullness.
Kybella is an deoxycholic acid injectable that is used to help your body rid itself of the fat cells that form under the chin. When Kybella is injected into these cells, it destroys the cell’s membrane which causes the cell to die. After treatment, as these cells die and are absorbed by the body for removal, the skin becomes tighter, promoting a more youthful appearance.
Is Kybella Safe?
The FDA approved the use of Kybella injections to dissolve submental fat beneath the chin in mid-2015. This was after eight years of clinical studies with over 1,000 patients with moderate to severe double chin fat, it was found to be both safe and effective for double chin elimination.
Are Kybella Results Permanent?
Because fat cells are destroyed by Kybella, the results are likely to last for several years. Some researchers believe that the results might be permanent. For patients in the clinical studies, the results were still intact after two years. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and body weight also promotes the longevity of results.
Is Kybella Painful?
During clinical trials, patients commonly reported swelling, bruising, numbness and mild pain following the injections. This can be managed with an injectable numbing agent before treatment and topically applying ice to reduce swelling. Any discomfort associated with the treatment generally subsides within a few days.
Is Kybella Covered By Insurance?
Kybella, and other cosmetic treatments, are not covered by medical insurance. Ask us about credit and financing options to help you pay for your aesthetic treatments.