Kybella, also known as ATX 101 and deoxycholic acid, is a new FDA-approved injectable treatment for a double chin on both men and women. A series of three to five treatments can dissolve heavy fat in the central neck under the chin for a more youthful neck and jawline from all views, front and profile. The treatments are entirely nonsurgical, and can be performed in the office under local anesthesia with little or no downtime.
Dr. Nicholas Vendemia performs Kybella injections for double chins in men and women in the New York metro area. We encourage you to contact us online or give us a call at 917-703-7069 to schedule a visit. Dr. Vendemia is a leading injectable specialist in New York City with a reputation for custom care and beautiful results.
Am I a candidate for Kybella injections?
This is the most important question to answer before signing up for a treatment series. The ideal candidate for Kybella injections is a 25-45 year old man or woman with a heavy central neck and/or double chin without loose sagging skin. Kybella dissolves fat, but it does not tighten loose skin or repair split neck muscles commonly found in older men with the “waddle” that hangs over the shirt collar. If you can pinch a good deal of thick skin and fat between your thumb and index finger under your chin, you are likely a good candidate for injections or neck liposuction. If you pinch a loose, thin, sagging fold of skin that doesn’t retract when you let it go, you are not likely to benefit from an injectable procedure. If you’re unsure about which category you belong, or if you would like to learn more about treatments other than Kybella that can produce results in a single session instead of multiple treatments, please feel free to schedule a consultation.
How many Kybella treatments are required?
Most men will require 3-5 treatments to see an ideal result. It is possible to perform less than 3 treatments, but one must be cautious about being over-aggressive with these treatments to avoid over-dissolving. Over-dissolved fat in the neck and chin can be quite difficult, if not impossible, to fix. This is why a more conservative approach is recommended for most patients, and if multiple treatments are not desirable it is often best to consider alternatives like neck liposuction where results can be accomplished on a single session.
What is the difference between men and women for Kybella injections?
The main difference between the sexes is the thickness of the fat layer and the natural central neck fat pad. In men, the natural fat pad tends to be thicker and bulkier. This means that higher doses of Kybella, or possibly more treatment sessions, may be required for an optimal result. Men also commonly opt for a single-session treatment with neck liposuction given the extra bulk of the central fat pad.
What other procedures can enhance the neck and jawline?
- Neck Liposuction. Liposuction of the neck has two major advantages over Kybella injections: 1) It requires only one treatment, and 2) the fat removal is more dramatic and more predictable. Neck liposuction will likely remain the gold standard procedure for permanent fat removal in the neck because the results are predictable and dramatic, and although the procedure usually requires twilight anesthesia for comfort, the safety profile for this procedure is quite favorable and the downtime is quite minimal. Learn more about neck liposuction by clicking here, or see how neck liposuction compares to Kybella injections here.
- Chin Implant. Chin implants are one of the most popular procedures to enhance the male jawline. The procedure has a fairly quick recovery and favorable risk profile. There can be no visible scarring if the incision is placed inside the mouth. And the results are immediate, permanent, and very natural. Chin implants also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there are quite a few options for enhancing not only the chin, but the jawline as well. This procedure is commonly combined with neck liposuction for a powerful enhancement in jawline definition and a tight, youthful neck profile. Click here to learn more.
- Neck Lift. A surgical neck lift will always be the gold standard for creating a long, youthful jawline, removing jowls and micro jowls, and sculpting a tight, slim neck in profile. This procedure involves more cost, risk and downtime, but the exceptional, long-lasting results are on par with the greater commitment. Click here to learn more.
When will Kybella be available?
Kybella is expected to be released in the late summer or fall of 2015. If you want to be notified of the first day that treatments are available, please subscribe to our blog to get updated on the status of this exciting new treatment.