I have had such positive experiences every time I have visited North Sound Dermatology. Very professional and friendly. Thank you for your services. – ANTOINETTE E. H.
With age and other factors comes a variety of cosmetic concerns, often centered around fat. It tends to dissipate in our upper faces, while accumulating in unwelcome areas. While there are several nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatments available for excess fat in areas such as the abdomen, one area has remained especially difficult to treat – the double chin.
Until now, surgery was the only option for stubborn fat under the chin. We are excited to bring you a new, safe, and effective treatment that offers wonderful results without surgery. Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable medication that is designed to eliminate unwanted fat around the chin and neck, with minimal side effects or downtime.
Kybella is formulated with deoxycholic acid, which mimics a substance naturally produced by the human body. This molecule targets the membrane of fat cells, eventually destroying them. It does not harm or affect other types of cells in the treatment area. At this time, Kybella is primarily recommended for the neck and chin areas. However, with further research and testing the uses for this amazing product are likely to expand.
Kybella is now available at North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics, along with a full range of other cosmetic and medical treatments. We always begin with an examination and a consultation, so that we can learn about your specific goals and devise a customized treatment plan accordingly. Because Kybella is safe and gentle, with few side effects, most patients are potential candidates. Like any other product or procedure in our practice, it is only administered by a qualified professional with specific training.
How does Kybella work?
This product mimics a substance that is produced naturally by the human body. It acts on fat cells, and destroys them. When used properly, it does not affect other types of cells.
Am I a good candidate?
If you have a double chin or excess fat in the neck area, you are likely to benefit from Kybella. The procedure is safe for most people, though we always perform a comprehensive examination and review of medical records before recommending any specific treatment.
What is the procedure like?
After your evaluation, we will determine the optimal injection location. The actual treatment consists of several comfortable injections, and it is completed in a matter of minutes. Kybella may be combined with other cosmetic treatments, such as Botox® or dermal fillers, for comprehensive anti-aging effects.
How soon will I see results?
This varies for each patient. A series of two or three sessions many be recommended for optimal improvement. Appointments are typically scheduled a few weeks apart; however, your treatment plan will be customized to your unique needs.
Is Kybella safe?
The formula has been extensively tested, and earned the approval of the FDA. When administered correctly, it is safe for most patients. However, like most medical treatments, there are risks if it is used improperly. At North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics, all of our professionals are highly skilled, properly licensed, and specifically trained in any procedures they administer. Our office is a medical practice, so we adhere to the strictest of safety and sanitation standards, and there are board-certified dermatologists available.
How much downtime can I expect?
There is little to no downtime, and minimal post-treatment discomfort. The common side effects are minor, and may include temporary bruising, numbness, or especially firm spots in the treatment area.
Where can Kybella be used?
The product is approved for use in the chin and neck areas. Because it is new, it has not been tested extensively in other treatment areas. In future, it will likely be used in other spots where small accumulations of fat occur. However, due to the nature of the product, it is not well suited for large areas, such as the abdomen. For these areas, a procedure such as Vanquish or Exilis Elite is recommended.
If you think that Kybella may be right for you, please visit us for a consultation. We have several offices in the area, serving the communities of Edmonds, Bothell, Mill Creek, Lynnwood and more. You can reach our friendly and helpful office staff at 425-276-7759 with any questions or appointment requests.