Our Thousand Oaks practice was among the first in Southern California to offer KYBELLA, a breakthrough non-surgical treatment that reduces fat in the troublesome area below the chin. Known as the “double chin shot,” KYBELLA addresses unwanted fat on the upper neck without surgery or incisions.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kouros Azar is recognized as an expert injector and trains other physicians up and down the California coast on the proper KYBELLA injection techniques. His experience sets him apart from others in the Thousand Oaks-Westlake area.
If you desire a more defined profile and streamlined neck, request a consultation with Dr. Azar to discuss whether KYBELLA is the right treatment for you. Or call our office at (805) 373-7073 and a member of our knowledgeable and friendly staff will help schedule your appointment.
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One of the most common — and stubborn — areas where fat accumulates for both men and women is just below the chin. Genetics, aging, and weight gain may be responsible for the appearance of a double chin. Until recently, the only truly effective method of reducing this “submental” fat was to undergo neck liposuction.
But many individuals either aren’t interested in having surgery or can’t take the time needed to recover following liposuction. That’s why KYBELLA, an FDA-approved injectable treatment specifically designed to reduce submental fat, is such a game-changer. In as few as 2 treatment sessions, patients see a dramatic improvement, although experiences vary.
How Does KYBELLA Work?
KYBELLA injections will gradually break down fat cells and remove them from your body. These cells will be naturally metabolized and will no longer be able to affect underneath your chin.
The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body to help break down and process dietary fat.
When it’s injected into the area below the chin, KYBELLA attacks and destroys the membranes of fat cells. The damaged cells are gradually absorbed by the body and flushed away during the natural metabolic process. Once KYBELLA destroys the cells, they do not grow back.
What to Expect
If you’re considering KYBELLA, the first step is to meet with Dr. Azar for a consultation. Dr. Azar customizes KYBELLA treatments after carefully examining the amount of fat in the neck, the skin’s elasticity and tone, and your personal aesthetic goals. He creates a treatment plan that typically involves 2 to 4 sessions scheduled at least a month apart.
Each treatment session involves multiple injections spaced about a centimeter apart over the area of fat you want to treat. The treatments begin with a medical assistant cleansing the neck. Many patients request a topical anesthetic to ensure they remain comfortable during the injections. Dr. Azar carefully marks a grid showing the precise location of each injection. The injections themselves take only a few seconds each, with the whole process taking about 15 minutes.
Because KYBELLA destroys fat cells, results following each treatment session appear gradually. It may be several months before you notice the final results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects reported by patients are temporary swelling, bruising, soreness, redness, and some hardening in the treatment area. These resolve by themselves a week or so after the treatment session. Some patients experience more swelling but Dr. Azar will recommend ice, rest, mild compression and elevation of the head to minimize any swelling. Most patients will resume normal life activities with the exception of heavy exercise.
Can KYBELLA treat other areas of the body?
The FDA has approved KYBELLA specifically for treatment of submental fat.
At this time, KYBELLA is only applied to the area under the chin.
Some patients ask about “off-label” use to reduce small areas of fat elsewhere on the body, but at this point KYBELLA is being used only for neck fat.
Does KYBELLA tighten loose neck skin?
KYBELLA treatments work best for patients whose neck skin retains most of its youthful elasticity. Dr. Azar does feel more patients with slightly looser skin are better candidates for Kybella than they are for liposuction. Patients with loose skin may actually see that condition worsen after KYBELLA treatment reduces underlying fat. Dr. Azar may recommend a surgical neck lift if your skin is lax.
How much does KYBELLA cost?
The cost of KYBELLA treatments, like other cosmetic procedures, varies depending on a range of factors. The primary issue influencing the total cost of the treatment includes the number of treatment sessions and injections used during each session to meet your cosmetic goals. Dr. Azar provides a detailed price quote for your treatment following your consultation.