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KYBELLA TREATMENT

We are one of the first medical practices in the Bay Area to offer this new, non-invasive procedure for treating submental fullness, better known as double chin.

Caused by weight gain, aging, or genetic factors, double chin is a result of a mass of excess fat (submental fat) underneath the jaw, between the neck and the chin. Diet and exercise alone won't remove or significantly reduce a double-chin.

Prior to Kybella, the primary options for treating double-chin were surgical liposuction and laser liposuction, both of which typically involve some downtime.

Approved by the FDA, Kybella treatments are a series of regular injections of deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body. It works by destroying fat cells, breaking down the membranes of these cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat and are removed from the body through natural processes. The final result is a more youthful, tighter appearance around the jaw. The treatments are virtually free of discomfort and don't involve any downtime.

The number of Kybella treatments will vary from patient to patient, depending on the desired effect and the current extent of the double chin.

The results appear gradually over time, meaning no one will likely notice you had any treatments for that area.

Benefits of Kybella treatment:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Safe and FDA approved
  • Free of discomfort
  • Produces lasting results
  • Sculpts away the double chin to create a more youthful, tighter appearance around the jawline


Is it right for me?

Good candidates are anyone wanting to improve the appearance of their double chin without the downtime typical of a surgical procedure like surgical liposuction and laser liposuction.

Some important considerations to determine if Kybella is right for you include whether you’re currently experiencing an infection around the chin or the neck, whether you’ve had previous procedures completed in the area, whether you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future, and several other lifestyle and health factors.

How many treatments?

You and Dr. Moran will design a customized treatment plan to help you improve your chin profile. Most patients can expect to have 2-6 treatment sessions that are spaced approximately 1 month apart.

For best aesthetic effect, it’s vital to administer this treatment with multiple small injections. This allows for better targeting of the double chin and ensures that only the fat cells are destroyed.

Where is it performed?

This procedure takes about 30-45 minutes and is routinely performed on an out-patient basis in Dr. Moran's office.

Anesthesia and medication

None.

Recovery period

  • You should be able to resume your normal activities the same day of the procedure. The treatment is very simple to fit into your daily life and there is no down-time. After your treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts about 30-45 minutes, so you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break.
  • When will I see results?

    The results will appear gradually over several months, so no one will know you have had your double chin treated.

    Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.

    How long will the results last?

    Since fat cells are destroyed, if the cells are removed from the area, then the reduction is virtually permanent, unless you experience significant changes to your overall lifestyle and dietary habits.

    With weight loss, by comparison, where the cells simply shrink in size, the capacity to expand is always there.

    After the aesthetic profile is achieved, retreatment with Kybella is not expected.

 

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