One of the most stubborn areas to remove or reduce fat is in the chin area. Since weight loss is sometimes not very effective in diminishing a “double chin,” liposuction has been a common procedure to treat this condition. However, liposuction is a surgical procedure requiring a visit to the hospital and approximately two weeks of downtime
Kybella offers a non-surgical alternative to treating chin fat without a long recovery period or a trip to the hospital. With a series of injections, Kybella breaks down fat cells which are then reabsorbed into the body. The chemical component of Kybella is very similar to a naturally occurring substance in the body called deoxycholic acid. Treatment only takes approximately 20 minutes and is conveniently done in our offices located in and around the Pittsburgh area.
The following will give you some additional information on Kybella. If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about this procedure or experience some of the best results in Kybella Pittsburgh has to offer its cosmetic patients, please contact Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery.
Who is a good candidate for treatment?
Dr. Paul Leong will determine if you are a good candidate for our Pittsburgh Kybella treatments during a consultation. Typically, a healthy man or woman with a double chin deformity and good skin elasticity can be a great candidate. It is important to note that Kybella only addresses the fat cells in the body and does not tighten the skin. A facelift or neck lift may be a good option for those who have loose, sagging skin after the removal of fat cells.
Who will perform my Kybella injections?
At Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery, only Dr. Paul Leong performs Kybella injections. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Leong has a great deal of insight into the optimal use of Kybella. Because Dr. Paul Leong’s practice is exclusively focused on facial plastic surgery, he very frequently operates on the neck and submental area to improve aesthetic appearance. A double chin or turkey wattle appearance is a common complaint among many patients.
Dr. Paul Leong’s surgical experience gives him a detailed appreciation of the anatomy of the neck and how the different structures in the submental area relate to the fat compartments of the neck. Knowledge of the submental and neck anatomy provides Dr. Paul Leong with a good foundation to determine where and how much fat should be targeted with Kybella. It is important to remember that Kybella, just like any other injectable treatment, is only as good as the injector doing the treatment.
What can I expect after treatment?
You may be a little swollen or red at the injection sites following Kybella treatment. Bruising and soreness is also possible. The number of injections depends on the severity of the fat located underneath the chin. In most cases, you can return to work the same day.
How many treatments do I need?
Each patient will be evaluated individually during their consultation. There is never a one-size-fits-all treatment plan since everyone has different facial anatomies and areas of concern. Depending on the extent of your double chin deformity, you may benefit from having a total of 3 - 6 injection sessions approximately one month apart.
Can Kybella be used on other areas of the body?
More research needs to be completed to determine if Kybella is safe to use in other areas of the body. Currently, Kybella is only FDA approved for use in the chin and neck area.
What is the cost of Kybella™ Injections in Pittsburgh?
The cost of Kybella™ injections can fluctuate depending on the injector’s skill level as well as their geographic location. The price of Kybella™ can typically range from $600 to $1,200 per treatment. Generally, each treatment consists of two vials of Kybella™. Dr. Leong and his staff will perform an in-depth consultation to determine each patient’s specific goals and desired outcomes. After formulating these goals, Dr. Leong and his staff will guide you on a treatment plan and cost. For further questions, please reach out to our office at 412-693-6475.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
No, Kybella injections are not covered under any insurance plans since the procedure is elective and cosmetic.
Paul Leong MD FACS
The Facial Specialist
Dr. Leong completed his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then dedicated the next seven years honing his skills specifically in head, face, and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh—a university consistently ranked among the top five otolaryngology programs in the country. Dr. Leong continued to develop his surgical skills through a fellowship in Advanced Oncologic Surgery of the Head and Neck at the Pittsburgh Medical Center. This was followed by yet another fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.
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To learn more about Dr. Paul Leong’s treatment with Kybella, please contact Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery today.