Kybella™

No Double-chin.  No Surgery.  No kidding.

A well defined chin and jawline are vital to having a lean and youthful face.  Men and women who want to ensure that their profile is marked by definition have several solutions to choose from, and one of the simplest and most effective is Kybella. 

Nashville Cosmetic Surgery in Tennessee offers the injectable for patients who want to lose their submental fullness, but who are not ready for a surgical procedure such as liposuction.

Unlike a surgery that involves incisions and healing time, Kybella is a nonsurgical treatment that can be administered quickly in the office.  No down time is required for recuperation or recovery.  Since the fat it targets is destroyed, the results are considered permanent, especially if you maintain a healthy body weight.  Dr. Don Griffin was one of the first providers trained in administering Kybella in Nashville, and he handles every consultation.  If the treatment is right for you, you will see him or one of his two experienced nurse injectors for your treatment session, following a thorough consultation to determine whether the injectable will deliver the results you are seeking.

What Is Kybella?

KYBELLA is an FDA-approved injectable that uses deoxycholic acid to destroy fat cells under the chin, bringing more definition to a profile rounded by submental fullness.  Deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the digestive system, where it helps with digestion and the absorption of the fat we eat.  When used in an injectable formula, the deoxycholic acid works in much the same way:  It disrupts the membranes of fat cells it encounters, freeing the contents to be processed by the body.  As the fat is dissolved, the double chin recedes.

What Causes a double chin?

Fat can collect in pockets that resist a person's best efforts to slim down.  Even if the cells shrink, they can easily grow again if given the opportunity.  Because of this, many people deal with large fat cells that cluster at the neck to create a bulge that becomes more pronounced when they look down.  For patients who have unsuccessfully tried to reduce this "double chin" look with diet and exercise, Kybella may be the most effective way to deal with the unwanted fat cells that cause submental fullness.

How is Kybella Administered?

Each Kybella session can involve numerous injections into the submental area.  The injection process takes about 30 minutes, with an experienced injector carefully tailoring the treatment to each patient's specific needs.  Once injected, the deoxycholic acid will begin its work of breaking down targeted fat cells.  The process is gradual, so results will develop throughout the weeks after a treatment session.  Many patients find that they achieve their aesthetic goals after two to four treatments, though some require up to six sessions to get the full double chin reduction they want.  Each treatment should be spaced four to six weeks apart.

Other Options for Dealing with a Double Chin

Kybella is a very effective treatment, but, as noted above, there are numerous options available for you if you want to lose your double chin.  Since each patient is unique, with facial features that should stay in balance and proportion, we approach each potential treatment with an eye for the patient's face as a whole.  If a requested procedure is not the ideal choice due to skin tone or laxity, facial structure, or other factors, we will let you know - and recommend treatments based on the results you ultimately desire.

The surgical option of liposuction is a popular choice, as it suctions out problem fat cells, removing them from the area completely.  Kybella prompts the body to do its own fat breakdown work over time, while liposuction provides immediate results - after any resulting swelling has gone down.  The choice between the two often comes down to how soon you want results, how much down time you want to take after your treatment and cost.

Sometimes submental fullness is not due to fat, but to sagging skin that creates a turkey wattle look.  If you lose a significant amount of weight, you may find that your skin hangs more loosely that before.  For this problem, you may want to consider skin tightening with a lower facelift.  Certain laser procedures can also create a tightening effect by stimulating new collagen production with heat.

Is Kybella right for you?  We can help you figure that out.  Contact Nashville Cosmetic Surgery today about a consultation for Kybella in Nashville, TN.  Or call us at (615) 321-1003.  You can also read more facts about Kybella and Frequently asked questions below.