KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid)

What is Kybella? Kybella is a non-surgical, injectable double-chin reduction treatment to reduce moderate to severe fat tissue (submental fat) under the chin and on the upper neck. A double-chin can make you look older and heavier than you actually are no-matter what your lifestyle. Under the chin and upper neck fat is stubborn and often does not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise. Kybella is a substance called deoxycholic acid, which the body naturally produces, and helps to absorb fat. The main function of deoxycholic acid is to dissolve fat cells, thus reducing fat tissue. Kybella is not meant to tighten skin under the chin or on the upper neck, but it will cause the destruction of fat cells, leaving a contoured and improved chin and neck profile. If you are unhappy with the fat under your chin and don’t want to have a surgical procedure, Kybella may be right for you. Kybella treatment can only be administered by a trained medical professional over a series of treatment sessions.

The number of treatment sessions varies depending on an individual’s specific needs, but each Kybella treatment is given in one month intervals up to six treatments. Most people require a series of three treatments over a three month period. Each treatment session consists of a series of injections under the chin lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. The number of injections depends on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile contour. The most common side effects experienced after treatment include light bruising, tenderness, swelling and redness. Average cost: $1,375 per treatment

The procedure

Step 1 – Using a special grid, the injection specialist will map and mark the injection sites under your chin and on your upper neck.
Step 2 – Sanitize the injection site with an antibacterial agent. A topical anesthetic will be administered to numb the skin (if necessary).
Step 3 – Using the grid as a guide, the specialist will administer anywhere from 14-50 injections depending on your needs over a 15-20 minute period.
Step 4 – Ice to reduce swelling. Light bruising may occur.


Patient Testimonials:

Dr. Koumanis is truly amazing. Our son, Noah, was eight when he was bitten on the face by our dog in June 2015. A piece of his top left lip was ripped out, his cheek was torn open, and he had a slice in his bottom lip. Dr.Koumanis arrived in the emergency room, so calm and sure of just what needed to be done. He reattached the piece of lip in exactly the right position by matching the direction of the tiny hairs on his upper lip. over the last 18 months, he has done a follow-up surgery and seen Noah multiple times to check on how his face is healing. We could not be happier or more amazed with the results. Noah is ten now, and if you saw him on the street, you would not be able to tell the severity of his injuries based on how amazing he looks today. Noah has never been embarrassed or distressed about his lip (he was cracking jokes in the ER). That is just who he is as a person, but his continued confidence in spite of what could have been debilitating is a testament to just what a spectacular job Dr.Koumanis did on reconstructing his beautiful face. Our family cannot recommend Dr.Koumanis highly enough. Thank you so much. – Melanie P., Ballston Spa, NY

Dr.Koumanis you are incredible! I’m very grateful to have you as my doctor. I feel like a new woman who feels sexy again. After years of taking care of everybody else, I finally did something for me. My results are better than expected. I actually miss seeing you and your wonderful staff. Thank you for the beautiful work you did on me! – Lynne, Burnt Hills, NY

Very professional, compassionate and knowledgeable surgeon. Dr.Koumanis restored me to better than natural after the scary nightmare diagnosis of breast cancer. I found him to be the most humanistic, caring and talented surgeon in the Northeast. He has the utmost concern for your feelings as well as an expert artistic vision for your best outcome. He really is a reconstructive genius after breast cancer! At the onset of the treatment ( a double mastectomy), he said that in a bit of time I wouldn’t think about the reconstruction at all … he was right! Thank you Doctor Koumanis and your wonderful staff for walking me through a darker place. I came out of the other side with my head held high and a new sense of self-worth!  Sincerely,  L.M., Altamont NY

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