The first injectable substance that the FDA has approved to treat submental fat, Kybella is designed to dissolve stubborn under-the-chin fat. Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a fat-absorbing substance found in our bodies naturally. When injected, it destroys fat cells under the chin, leaving the skin substantially tighter and the jaw more contoured.
More than 20 studies, with thousands of patients, have showed that almost 70 percent noted both physical and emotional improvement after treatment. “It disrupts the fat cell,” said Dr. Derek Jones, who gave Kythera’s presentation to the FDA in March. “When it disappears, it disappears permanently.”
For best results, patients should commit to about two to six treatments. Side effects include bruising, swelling and temporary numbness. Each treatment session should be spaced no less than 1 month apart. The number of injections and the number of treatments is tailored to the individual patient’s submental fat distribution and treatment goals.
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Swift explains the difference between Juvéderm Voluma, one of the new fillers on the market, and the original Juvederm. Juvéderm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid. It is ideal for cheek recontouring because of its ability to create the ‘OG’ curve, a nice and smooth curve on the cheek,” explains Dr. Swift.
Juvéderm Voluma differs from the original Juverderm and other hyaluronic acids because it is developed with a short chain of hyaluronic acids. “The short chain makes it very tightly compact, so it won’t swell like other products tend to. It has an amazing ability to lift tissue, so it is more of a lifter than a voluma,” explains Dr. Swift. Juvéderm Voluma is produced by Allergan, a Premier Partner of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Fillers are a type of minimally invasive aesthetic medicine used to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and fill in wrinkles. Common areas to inject fillers are in the face, neck, and hands, resulting in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time.
When to Consider Fillers
If you have deep lines around the eyes, brow or mouth
If you would like to change the contours of your jaw or lips
If you are interested in a minimally invasive procedure