Kybella injections at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery are injected by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Alan Durkin. Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery has long established itself as a nationally recognized center for noninvasive and invasive facial aesthetics. We have always prided ourselves on offering the finest and safest treatments available to our cosmetic patients. To date, available technologies have shown great effectiveness in facial rejuvenation, but have yielded disappointing results regarding neck rejuvenation. Enter Kybella, a first-in-class injectable therapy for treatment of excessive neck fat.
Kybella is FDA Approved
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable therapy that targets the fullness and excess fat in the midportion of necks in both men and women. Kybella, formerly known as ATX-101, is a derivative of naturally occurring deoxcycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is produced naturally in the human digestive system, and works to emulsify and dissolve fats in a healthy, physiologic fashion.
Kybella is an In-Office Treatment
Through a minimally invasive injection technique, Dr. Durkin is able to deliver Kybella into the fat cells of the lower neck, allowing the medication to permanently dissolve excess fat in the midportion of the neck. The procedure is done without the need for sedation. Pain is minimal during the procedure, but some do complain of crampy soreness for a few days after treatment. Bruising can occur after injection, but it commonly resolves after a few days. There is no need for work absence with Kybella. Patients may resume normal exercise 48 hours after treatment wihout any restrictions.
The treatment starts with a thorough examination by Dr. Durkin. While many patients with submental fullness are candidates for Kybella therapy, not everyone with an aged neck is a candidate for this treatment. Appropriate candidates then undergo a sonic skin massage to the neck, followed by application of a topical numbing cream. After fifteen minutes of numbing, Dr. Durkin and his assistant will make a number of erasable drawings on your neck. Next, after the skin is adequately sedated, small injections of numbing medication are injected into the neck to ensure the area is pain free. The area is then treated with a series of Kybella injections into the superficial neck. Kybella then bonds to subcutaneous fat cells, causing them to enter what is called a “lytic” phase, and ultimately dissolve away. During therapy, the area remains under cool air and cold compresses to maximize patient comfort, and minimize their pain. Arnica Montana is provided as a courtesy to all injectable clients to minimize post-procedural bruising.
Kybella Targets Neck Fat
Kybella targets the submental fat of the male and female neck. While it provides a small degree of skin tightening, it does not directly target and treat excess skin. Kybella is also ineffective in treating platysmal bands, also called “neck cords”. After the fifteen minute injection procedure patients will commonly develop mild swelling to the lower neck, which can persist during Kybella’s active phase. Bruising at the injection sites is also common, but resolves on its own within a few days. Patients may require anywhere from two to four treatments to achieve their best result. Cost of each treatment varies depending upon the area treated and the volume of Kybella used, but ball park pricing places each treatment between $600 and $2400.
Kybella Improves Appearance of Double Chin
OCEAN DRIVE Plastic Surgery is honored to be the first practice chosen to host Kybella. In appropriately selected patients, Kybella has shown itself to be incredibly effective in permanently removing submental fat, and treating the proverbial “double chin”. This product has shown significant effectiveness in the male and female neck, and projects to be the leading injectable therapy delivered to male cosmetic patients.
Kybella represents a true, quantum leap forward in noninvasive plastic surgery of the neck. It is a true first-in-class treatment that has already made an impact on the plastic surgery community. Demand for non-surgical neck rejuvenation has been literally off the charts, especially in metropolitan California and New York. OCEAN DRIVE Plastic Surgery was one of only 49 plastic surgery and dermatology offices chosen to launch Kybella in Florida. We look forward to discussing the next generation of noninvasive neck rejuvenation with you at at our beachside surgery center in Vero Beach, FL.