Annandale Skin & Anti Aging

Aesthetics & Anti-Aging located in Alexandria, VA & Falls Church, VA

The shape of your face changes as you age and one of the biggest differences is in the buildup of chin fat. In fact, one in four people surveyed reported being bothered by the fat under their chin. If you are one of these people, Kybella® is the treatment for you. The highly trained staff at Annandale Skin & Anti Aging in Falls Church, Virginia, can help you make the change you are looking for. To learn more, call the office or go online to book an appointment today.

Kybella Q & A

What is Kybella?

Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment that is a series of injections used to improve the appearance of fat below the chin, also known as submental fat, in adults. It requires little to no recovery time and is used as an alternative to liposuction surgery, which is much more invasive.

How does Kybella work?

The Kybella injection consists of manmade deoxycholic acid, which mimics what your body makes to help break down and digest fat cells. 

After your injections, the Kybella solution damages fat cells in the targeted area and over time, your body’s immune system removes these destroyed cells. After the treatment, you see a noticeable, and best of all, a permanent difference in the shape of your chin. 

What can I expect from a Kybella treatment?

Before starting any treatments, our team will assess your chin and understand your goals to suggest the right number of sessions for you. The number of sessions you need depends on the shape of your chin and the distribution of fat. 

During your treatment session, the team at Annandale Skin & Anti Aging gives the targeted area multiple small injections containing the Kybella solution. These are relatively painless and quick. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes. 

It’ll take a few weeks for you to see the effects of the Kybella treatment because the degraded fat cells need time to be expelled by the body’s immune system. Once your body expels the damaged cells, you’ll notice a visible change in your chin’s appearance.

Are there any side effects of Kybella?

After your treatment, you may have some bruising, swelling, or numbness around the site of the injections, but these go away in 24-48 hours.

Side effects to Kybella are rare but some patients do experience them. Call the office if you have:

  • An uneven smile 
  • Weakness of your facial muscles
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Problems near the injection site

This is not a complete list of side effects, so if you notice anything troubling after your injections, call the office so our specialists can suggest a remedy.

Is Kybella safe for everyone?

Yes, everyone can benefit from Kybella. However, let the staff know if:

  • You’ve had recent surgery on the face, neck, or chin
  • You have a medical condition around the neck area
  • You have bleeding problems
  • You are pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • You are taking blood thinners

If any of the above applies to you or you have another condition, talk to our specialists at Annandale Skin & Anti Aging first so they can assess if the treatment is right for you.