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What is “submental fullness”?
Submental fullness is the medical term your doctor might use to describe the unwanted fullness beneath your chin, which can be the result of moderate to severe fat below the chin. This may be commonly known as a “double chin”.
What causes submental fullness?
Submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin can impact a broad range of both male and female adults. Some possible causes are genetics, weight gain, and aging.
Isn’t a double chin associated with being overweight?
Sometimes, even with diet or exercise, the unwanted fullness may not go away. Genetics, weight gain, or aging can be a cause of submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin.
What is KYBELLA?
Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells.
How does KYBELLA work?
When injected into the area beneath your chin, KYBELLA destroys fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
Is KYBELLA right for me?
According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67% of people said they are bothered by the fullness beneath their chin. Sometimes, even with diet or exercise, the unwanted fullness may not go away. If you can relate, talk to Dr. Gold to determine if KYBELLA might be right for you.
How many people were studied with KYBELLA worldwide?
In a global clinical development program, KYBELLA was tested in more than 20 clinical studies, during which more than 1600 people worldwide were treated with KYBELLA.
How many KYBELLA treatments will I need?
Your healthcare provider will help you determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Up to 6 treatments may be administered, spaced no less than 1 month apart.
How long does KYBELLA last? Will I need further treatment?
Once the aesthetic effect is achieved, further treatment is not expected.
How is KYBELLA administered?
KYBELLA is a nonsurgical treatment administered during an in-office visit. The injections may take 15 to 20 minutes. Dr. Gold will give you a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session.
Will I experience any side effects?
KYBELLA can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial weakness, as experienced by 4 out of every 100 people in clinical studies) and trouble swallowing (experienced by 2 out of every 100 people in clinical studies). The most common side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
What can I expect after the procedure?
You should be able to resume normal activities after the procedure. You are likely to have swelling, so keep your social plans and work commitments in mind when scheduling treatments. For many people, downtime with KYBELLA occurred most commonly after the first treatment session.
Will the injections hurt?
There may be some pain associated with KYBELLA injection.
Prior to your treatment session, Dr. Gold will apply ice/cold packs and topical anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable. After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area as needed.
What results can I expect with KYBELLA?
You can see before-and-after pictures of patients treated with KYBELLA at MyKybella.com. In clinical studies, 79% of people treated with KYBELLA had improved satisfaction with the appearance of the area beneath their chin (compared with 34% of people treated with a placebo) 12 weeks after their last treatment.
KYBELLA patients also reported improvement in the visual and emotional impact of submental fat. When asked how happy, bothered, self-conscious, embarrassed, old, and overweight they felt with respect to the amount of their submental fat, they were more satisfied after they received treatment.
When will I see results?
Although results are noticeable, they are not immediate. KYBELLA works gradually to destroy fat cells. Once the aesthetic affect is achieved, further treatment with KYBELLA is not expected. Because there will be an inflammatory reaction, typically the skin tightens up as well as disappearance of the fat.
How many points do I earn with each treatment?
With each KYBELLA injection, you will earn 400 Brilliant Distinctions points.=
Can I redeem points on treatments other than KYBELLA?
Yes, the Brilliant Distinctions Program allows you to enjoy savings on select Allergan treatments and products – not just KYBELLA.
How do I register for Brilliant Distinctions?
You can register for Brilliant Distinctions at BrilliantDistinctionsProgram.com to begin enjoying rewards, special offers, and personalized content right now.
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