Orange County Kybella
Facial rejuvenation techniques in the form of neurotoxins and dermal fillers have been used for years; however, until recently, getting rid of submental fullness (aka, a double chin) required surgical intervention through liposuction. Kybella® is a revolutionary medicine that is used as an injectable to reduce the amount of fat that is located beneath the chin. Orange County’s board certified facial plastic surgeon and expert injector Dr. Kevin Sadati uses this innovative product to help individuals address submental fullness.
What Causes Submental Fullness?
A double chin occurs for a variety of reasons, including genetics, weight gain and aging. Nearly 70 percent of men and women have a double chin. This facial feature can negatively affect an individual’s self-esteem and confidence level.
What is Kybella?
The active ingredient in this injectable is deoxycholic acid. Just like hyaluronic acid (which is the ingredient in most dermal fillers), deoxycholic acid is found naturally within the body. Once injected into the targeted areas, the deoxycholic acid breaks down the fat cells: Literally dissolving the fat that is located under the chin. Once this fat is dissolved, it is gone for good.
How Long Has Kybella Been Used for Breaking Down Fat Cells?
While Kybella has been used outside the United States for decades, it is the first FDA-approved injection of its kind here in America and in Orange County. It was approved by the FDA on April 29, 2015, for the treatment of moderate to severe submental fullness in adults.
Who Can Receive Kybella Injections?
Kybella injections are approved by the FDA for treating submental fullness (that is due to fat, not glandular swelling or some other medical condition) in individuals who are at least 18 years of age.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Kybella Treatments in Orange County?
Adults who have firm skin below their chin are typically good candidates for Kybella injections to treat a double chin. Prior to considering this treatment for a double chin, Dr. Kevin Sadati will evaluate the patient’s skin to determine its elasticity.
If the patient has good elasticity, once the treatment is complete and the excess fat dissolves, the skin should shrink back into place. However, if a patient’s skin has lost its elasticity, Dr. Sadati may recommend additional procedures to assist with shrinking the skin or he may recommend some other treatment that is available at his office in Orange County to address the patient’s submental fullness.
A Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery in Orange County
During the patient’s first appointment, Dr. Kevin Sadati will evaluate the patient’s skin. If the skin has sufficient elasticity, the patient may be an ideal candidate for Kybella injections.
Dr. Sadati will want to know about the patient’s medical history, including allergies to medications and/or latex, as well as if he, or she is taking any type of medication that is known to thin the blood (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.).
Patients Should be Candid and Feel Free to Ask Questions
Patients are always encouraged to ask questions and be candid about what they would like to accomplish with Kybella injections. This consultation in Orange County is a time for the patient to get to know Dr. Kevin Sadati and his team of medical professionals. He wants his patients to feel at ease, which is why he has created a relaxing environment and friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Preparing for a Kybella Treatment Session in Orange County
For approximately 2 weeks before treatment, patients should avoid taking medications, vitamins and herbal supplements known to thin the blood. These products include prescription medication designed to thin the blood as well as Advil, aspirin, vitamin E and fish oil. Individuals who choose to continue taking these products, increase the likelihood that they will have excessive bruising and inflammation following their procedure. That said, patients should never stop taking any of their prescription medications without speaking to Dr. Sadati as well as to their prescribing physician.
On the morning of their scheduled procedure with Dr. Sadati at his office in Orange County, men need to shave under their chin and down the upper portion of the neck.
Dr. Kevin Sadati or his staff may provide the patient with additional instructions for the day of their treatment. To ensure the best results possible, it is essential that patients follow these instructions.
Kybella Injections to Treat a Double Chin: The Procedure
- Prior to the treatment, Dr. Sadati may mark specific areas on the patient’s chin and neck area. He will use these markings as a guide during the procedure.
- The injection sites will be sanitized and a topical anesthetic may be applied.
- A local anesthetic will be injected (Lidocaine). This numbs the area to ensure the patient remains as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
- Once the anesthetic takes effect, the Kybella is injected into the layer of fat beneath the skin.
Although patients remain in the treatment room for about 20 minutes, the injection portion of the procedure only takes approximately 5 minutes. On average, the majority of Dr. Sadati’s patients require 2 to 4 treatments of Kybella, spaced anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks apart.
- For the first 24 hours after treatment, individuals need to avoid strenuous activities. Other than that, no special care is necessary.
- Most patients do experience bruising and/or swelling following treatment. Women who would like to hide any bruising or inflammation that results can usually do so by wearing a scarf.
- Patients may also experience a firmness, redness, numbness and or tenderness in the areas that were treated.
The results attained with Kybella will not be evident immediately. However, the results achieved are permanent: that is, unless the patient gains weight or the skin in the area beneath the chin becomes lax.
Can Kybella Injections Be Used Anywhere Else on the Body?
Yes, Kybella injections can be used as a means to fine-tune areas of the body following other procedures. This innovative product can be used to improve the contour of the upper arms, abdomen and flanks. This contouring is accomplished through the elimination of the residual fat located in these areas.
Typically, patients will need at least three treatments. The amount of product that is used depends on the size of the areas being treated.
Rare Side Effects of Kybella Injections
Difficulty swallowing for the first few days following treatment (due to inflammation), hyperpigmentation, small areas of beard loss, nerve damage that could cause the facial muscles to become weak or an uneven smile.
The Importance of Choosing an Experienced Expert Injector in Orange County
All injections carry some type of risk and having an inexperienced injector increases the likelihood of a complication. When it comes to Kybella, injecting at the proper depth is crucial from both a safety perspective as well as the effectiveness of the treatment.
As a board certified facial plastic surgeon and expert injector in Orange County, Dr. Kevin Sadati has the skill, knowledge and artistic vision to successfully perform Kybella injections. If you are interested in learning more about the innovative surgical and non-surgical procedures that Dr. Sadati offers, contact the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery today at (949) 706-7776 to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation. The office is located at 359 San Miguel Drive, Suite 110, in Newport Beach, California.