Kybella Injections for Chin Fat

As one of Houston’s top facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Etai Funk understands the anatomy of the chin. A common chin procedure many patients want is a solution that addresses chin fat or a double chin. Kybella, initially known as ATX-101 and deoxycholic acid is the first FDA-approved injection treatment that melts and dissolves the appearance of submental fat (or double chin) without surgery. Kybella is an excellent alternative to liposuction in those patients without significant skin laxity and who do not desire surgery.  As an experienced specialist in facial injections and fillers, Dr. Funk is one of the first doctors in Houston to offer Kybella injections.

What is Kybella?

Kybella utilizes the naturally occuring deoxycholic acid to absorb excess fat, making it the perfect choice in contouring the submental area, or chin fat, for aesthetic appearance. At the beginning of treatment, Dr. Funk will sit down with the patient to understand patient needs and help patients achieve the most natural results.

Kybella is the only non-invasive injection treatment approved by the FDA for melting chin fat. Using Kybella for treatment in any other fatty areas are not approved or recommended.

How Will Dr. Funk Administer Treatment?

Over a course of 3-6 visits, Kybella will be administered in a number of small injections to the submental fat area. Dr. Funk will perform treatments in the comforts of his Houston office, in time intervals of 5-15 minutes, depending on the severity. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 weeks apart with little to no downtime after injection. Patients may experience mild swelling about 5 days after each session, but nothing that would limit social interaction. After treatment is completed, Dr. Funk will continue to monitor the patient’s progress and appearance to achieve the most natural result.

Who Can Use Kybella?

Dr. Funk will meet with adults over the age of 18 who have moderate-to-severe fat below the chin. Before treatment begins, Dr. Funk will screen patients to ensure that the fatty area is not an effect of any other conditions, such as an enlarged thyroid or lymph nodes in the neck.

How Long Will It Take to Recover?

After treatment, Kybella patients should expect their chin area to be slightly red and tender with a possibility of swelling or bruising, depending on the patient. Patients who receive the injections usually experience a quick 2-3 day recovery after Kybella’s injection treatment. If there is any abnormal swelling or tenderness, Dr. Funk will work with the patient to resolve any abnormal symptoms.

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