Kybella, a new injectable by Allergan, reduces fat deposits in the submental area (the area of the upper neck, just below the chin). Stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise can accumulate on any area of the body, but in the submental area, excess fat can create the appearance of what is commonly called a “double chin.” While surgical neck liposuction is best for patients in the San Antonio area who need larger amounts of fat removed from other areas of the neck, Kybella is a great solution for anyone who only needs treatment in the upper neck. During the initial consultation, Dr. Michael Dechard of San Antonio Plastic Surgery Institute will discuss the appropriate options based on the patient’s needs and concerns.
If you have fullness under the chin (submental area) that you’re unhappy with, Kybella may be right for you. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to reduce fat under the chin. More than one treatment may be needed to achieve your goals, but once the fat cells are destroyed and aesthetic goals are met, further treatment is not expected.
Dr. Dechard tailors every patient’s Kybella treatment plan to suit their needs. After assessing the patient’s chin, neck, and profile, Dr. Dechard will perform a series of injections in the comfort of her on-site minor procedures room. The patient will be able to leave immediately after the procedure and resume their normal activities.
What To Expect
Patients should expect to have temporary swelling, bruising, mild pain, redness, and numbness for up to 1 week after their treatment. Results will start to appear from 1 week to 1 month after their treatment. Patients may receive up to 6 treatments at least 1 month apart until their best results appear.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Month
- Procedure Recovery Location
Kybella Neck Lipo FAQs
Once the Kybella treatments have destroyed the fat cells in the submental area, the fat cells will not return. However, patients should maintain a healthy, stable weight after the procedure to prevent weight gain in other areas.
Kybella has been approved by the FDA, scientists have performed over 20 clinical studies, and over 1,600 patients have been treated with Kybella. Patients should disclose their full medical history to Dr. Dechard during their consultation, including any current medications, herbs, and supplements. Kybella is not approved for use in patients under 18 years old and should not be used outside the neck and chin area.
Kybella Vs. Liposuction?
Kybella neck liposuction and traditional neck liposuction are both effective and similarly priced, but Kybella does not involve surgery, general anesthesia, or a lengthy recovery. Dr. Dechard will discuss both methods during the initial consultation and help the patient determine their best treatment plan.