Let's get into it: The mysterious double chin. How—despite all the spin classes we take and all the green juices we drink—does that turkey wattle still stay put? Well, double chins can be the result of genes or just plain ol' aging. So that’s why a new treatment called Kybella is getting such buzz.
What is Kybella? It’s a prescription-only medicine that breaks down fat cells when injected into your skin, explains Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Where can it be used? It’s FDA-approved for the treatment of submental fullness (the fancy medical term for double chin), but some docs are now using it off label to treat excess fat on other parts of the body, too, such as the "banana roll" under the buttocks, as well as any excess fat along the armpit and around the bra line.
Does it hurt? Injections may burn or sting a bit, but it’s tolerable. Most dermatologists start you off with a numbing cream or some ice beforehand to help ease any discomfort. “I recommend that my patients take 600 mg of Tylenol and 150 mg of Ibuprofen the day before and a Benadryl that night to help reduce the amount of swelling that develops after the procedure,” says Zeichner.
Are there any side effects? The most common side effects that patients may experience after treatment is some pain, swelling, bruising and temporary numbness. After 48 to 72 hours, the initial swelling (which can be rather noticeable) starts to subside.
How long does it take to see results? It typically takes several weeks for the full effect to be observed and you can expect about a 20 percent improvement per treatment.
OK, what’s the damage? The cost depends on where you’re getting the treatment done. The average in large cities like New York runs upwards of $1,500 per session, and most patients get between two to four treatments to reach their desired results—which thankfully are permanent, considering the investment.