Men are flocking to dermatologists to take advantage of Kybella
Most individuals who seek to maintain a youthful appearance tend to pay particular attention to the face, such as the areas around the eyes and mouth. A lot of concern is focused on combating the fine lines and wrinkles that will pop up as one gets older, but another important facet of one’s overall facial area is often overlooked: the neck. As one gets older, the skin for the neck area loses its elasticity, causing it to sag and droop. This issue is compounded if one is overweight as the dreaded double chin appears. In fact, a 2015 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures found that a full 67% of those polled were somewhat to extremely bothered by excess fat under the chin/neck. (1) Now a new FDA-approved injectable treatment, Kybella, has gotten experienced dermatologists, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology of Las Vegas, excited about its proven results in treating fat cells under the chin.
As years go past, more and more people are looking to rectify their issue of a double chin or sagging, dropping skin by having a neck lift. There are a number of causes for how one can get a double chin. Age, excess weight, and genetics can all contribute to getting that extra waddle around the neck. In 2015 alone, there were 54,281 neck lift procedures performed in the United States. (2) Such procedures are not inexpensive as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the average cost for a neck lift was $4,389 in 2014 and that most insurance plans do not cover them. (3) Another factor associated with the traditional neck lift is the time needed to recover as a person usually has to wait between ten to fourteen days to return to work after having the procedure done. (4) However, patients now have another option to get rid of the excess chin fat by consulting with a licensed medical professional, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology, about the proven benefits of Kybella.
What makes Kybella unique is that it is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that literally destroys fat cells under the chin for adults. The result is a marked improvement to one’s profile. Kybella works by being injected into the fat beneath the skin. The active ingredient in Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Once injected, Kybella destroys fat cells, making them incapable of storing or accumulating fat. The injections are spaced approximately a month apart, and the number of treatments will vary, depending upon the patient’s need in consultation with their dermatologist, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology. Patients can receive up to six treatments, and many patients show visible results within two to four treatments. (5) The main benefit of Kybella is that the results are essentially permanent as the fat cells are destroyed.
Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology notes, “Kybella is proving to be a profoundly effective treatment in getting rid of the unsightly double chin. I’ve found that men especially are coming to my practice for consultation about the use of Kybella as it not only works to get rid of the fat under the chin, but it creates a more chiseled jawline. Each treatment consists of a number of injections, and the patient will look like a puffer fish for a short time, but the results are astonishing as skin tone and firmness return as the fat is essentially melted away. My waiting list is pretty full as I personally have over fifteen years of mesotherapy experience, as well as being a trainer for Allergan, the maker of Kybella.” (6)
Dr. James Q. Del Rosso of Lakes Dermatology of Las Vegas adds, “I am very pleased with the results of the Kybella injections on my patients performed by my partner, F. Victor Rueckl, MD. Kybella is an effective new tool in the continuing war to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance. This new FDA-approved treatment has proven to be highly effective, with twenty clinical studies being performed with a total treatment pool of 1600 individuals. The most common side effects of Kybella are swelling, bruising, redness, pain, and numbness around the treatment area, which normally dissipate after a short time. Any experienced dermatologist will thoroughly explain the possible side effects when discussing whether Kybella is the right treatment option for a patient. It most also be noted that the downtime associated with a Kybella procedure is minimal.” (7)
Overall, experienced medical professionals, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology in Las Vegas, are thrilled with the release of the new FDA-approved Kybella treatment. There is now a permanent solution to the unsightly problem of having a double chin. Kybella literally destroys fat cells under the chin, thus improving one’s profile and appearance. As always, one should consult with a licensed physician to see if Kybella is the right option for them and to come up with an appropriate treatment plan.
6) Quote from Dr. F. Victor Rueckl, dermatologist at Lakes Dermatology
7) Quote from Dr. James Q. Del Rosso, dermatologist at Lakes Dermatology