Can Kybella be used to remove jowls? (photos)
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Kybella is a dynamic product with broad capabilities, including off label and off the face. It truly is surgery in a bottle, with permanent removal of fat - the main alternative treatment being liposuction.
I have always used Kybella to not just treat the area directly under the chin, but to blend it in to the lateral neck and jawline. This yields a more natural and thorough treatment. The only time I use the cookie cutter grid is when I am teaching other physicians how to use it, which you can see in the attached video.
With the ability to treat broad area, it is easy to customize a Kybella treatment to match your exact goals, needs and anatomy. It can take multiple treatments, but I tend to get towards final results after two treatments, and the second treatment can be even more custom tailored to achieve that final result. Liposuction can achieve results with one treatment, but does not allow for the fine-tuning when needed, so which treatment will be best for you will depend on a discussion with your surgeon. Based on your photos, Kybella may not be your best option.
To ensure you are receiving the highest level of care, seek out a modernly trained, new-school dermatologic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who is board certified and fellowship trained in one of these "core four" cosmetic specialties. Membership in organizations like the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery help to identify a highly trained surgeon.
Thank you for your question ilanna55. I understand your concern. Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved non-surgical injectable treatment for the double chin. I treat jowls by treating their cause: volume loss in the mid-face. This is addressed by placing fillers such as Voluma in the upper cheek. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing will also help tighten the skin and pull up on the lower face to help with jowls and jawline definition.
Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
Kybella & jowls
Kybella is only approved for treating the pocket of fat under the chin. Based on your photos, I don't think that it will deliver the results that you want. You have skin laxity that can only be corrected surgically with a face/neck lift.
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Albany, NY Plastic Surgeon says NO- Kybella won't give you the result you want and can cause injury
Kybella only targets your double chin fat.
A lower face and neck lift with or without liposuction, will be better suited to define your jawline. Seek a detailed consultation with a BC plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic medicine and member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for the best advice and recommendations on what will fit your needs. Hope this helps and best of luck!
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Unfortunately it appears that you have too much skin laxity for Kybella since it really is indicated for submental fat. I would consider a skin tightening procedure such as Thermage or a neck lift as well. Please consult an expert. Best, Dr. Green