Innovative Non-Surgical Neck Fat Reduction
There is a new procedure available that may prove to be the best non-surgical procedure to eliminate fat and possibly tighten skin under the chin and in the neck area. Dr. Ferraro believes results of the fat reduction procedure are extremely impressive, as they appear to not only melt fat in the areas treated, but also slightly contract the tissues underneath, resulting in skin tightening. There is no convalescent downtime, as there is with surgery; however, patients may experience some swelling and redness in the treated areas.
Kybella Treatment for Submental Fat
Kybella has just received FDA approval for submental fat reduction, which commonly presents as a double chin. It is a proprietary compilation of a purified synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that assists in dietary fat breakdown. Kybella is the first-in-class submental contouring injectable drug.
Kybella is identical to the deoxycholic acid that is produced in the body. Deoxycholic acid produced in the body enables the body to absorb fats. Kybella is a cytolytic drug, which when injected into tissue physically eradicates the cell membrane. When properly injected into submental fat, the drug eradicates fat cells; however, it can also eradicate other types of cells, such as skin cells, if it is inadvertently injected into the skin.
Kythera Kybella Non-Surgical Facelift
Although a Non-Surgical Facelift can refine what you’ve lost with age, it can’t correct what you may have gained: fat under the chin, which can cause an undefined chin or unflattering neck, and currently has only surgical treatment options. Kybella is a cutting-edge, Non-Surgical Facelift procedure that reduces fat under the chin. Kythera Kybella decreases jawline, chin and neck fullness.
Subdermal Contouring Procedure to Enhance Facial Beauty
The submental region, or the area under the chin, affects facial harmony, balance and overall appearance. An undesirable submental profile is usually defined by both the distribution of fat and loose or sagging skin under the chin, and can negatively influence self-esteem. This presence of fat under the chin, known as a double chin, can be influenced by multiple factors, such as aging and genetics, and often cannot be altered by diet and exercise. Although the submental region, or area under the chin, is visually important to patients, it is often undertreated.
An Overlooked Treatment Option in Facial Aesthetics
Available facial injectable products, specifically botulinum toxins and dermal fillers, mainly concentrate on the aesthetic rejuvenation of the upper and mid-face and do not sufficiently treat the submental region. Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable drug to reduce fat under the chin. Kybella is the sole submental contouring injectable drug and may help address this neglected need in facial aesthetics. It is the most innovative procedure in facial rejuvenation that does not require surgery. Kybella has been approved by the FDA for the reduction of submental fat, which commonly presents as double chin.
Kybella Mechanism of Action
Treatment with Kybella contours the area under the chin by destroying fat cells, while leaving surrounding tissue unaltered. The targeted destruction of fat cells is followed by a natural healing reaction that promotes cellular debris removal. This reaction could also incorporate new collagen formation, a process referred to as neocollagenesis, in the treatment area.
Kybella is administered by injections into the fat under the chin over a series of treatments scheduled no less than one month apart. A treatment regimen with Kybella is customized to the desired outcome of the patient and treating physician. During clinical trials, Kybella was administered for up to four or six treatment visits, based on the amount and volume of the fat under the chin. When injected, Kybella obliterates targeted fat cells, and is then quickly removed from the injection site.
Kybella is administered as an injection into the fat tissue in the submental area. Patients may receive up to 50 injections during a single treatment, with up to six single treatments administered no less than one month apart. Kybella is being provided in single patient use vials and should not be diluted or mixed with any other compounds.
Kybella Side Effects
Kybella can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw that can result in an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness, and trouble swallowing. The most common side effects of Kybella include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
Kybella should not be used outside of the submental region, and it should not be used if there is an infection at the injection site. Caution should also be used in patients who have had prior surgical or aesthetic treatment of the submental region.
Kybella is being distributed in a dispensing pack that has a unique hologram on the vial label. If there is no hologram, do not use the product.
Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin to make skin smoother, reduce scarring and remove blemishes. Ranging from mild to strong, there are three types of chemical peels: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The strength of each peel is tailored to the patient. Peels can be combined with other procedures, such as facelifts, for additional improvement to skin. Chemical peels may be covered by insurance if they are performed for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.
Chemical peels are performed in a plastic surgeon's or dermatologist's office, or an outpatient surgical center. Anesthesia is not required because TCA and phenol have anesthetic properties, and AHA produces only a slight stinging.
During a TCA or phenol peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol peel. During an AHA peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied; there is no need for post-peel ointment or covering.
A phenol or TCA peel can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling that lasts, depending on the strength of the peel used, about a week. With a phenol peel, eyes may be swollen shut at first, and the patient may be put on a liquid diet and advised to keep talking to a minimum. Any tape used is removed after a day or two. AHA peels can cause temporary stinging, redness and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is essential that the skin be protected from the sun.
The Obagi® Blue Peel® chemical peel helps to reverse the effects of aging, sun damage and other skin conditions. It improves skin's appearance by removing dead skin cells and promoting the growth of new ones. The Obagi Blue Peel chemical peel can be used by nearly anyone, regardless of skin color and type. A superficial-to-medium-depth peel, it is usually used on the face, but can be used on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs. The Obagi Blue Peel chemical peel is used to treat:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Large pores
The Obagi Blue Peel chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA), combined with the patented Obagi Blue Base, to peel off damaged layers of skin. After the peel is applied, the patient experiences a slight burning sensation that lasts for a few minutes. Treatment time is usually less than an hour. Afterwards, treated skin has a bluish tint, which washes off within 24 hours.
Modern technology provides a variety of successful laser resurfacing treatments for improving the condition of the skin. Laser skin treatments employ focused beams of light energy to counteract the effects on the skin of acne, aging, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, scars, or poor nutrition. Resurfacing laser treatments are safe and efficient, requiring little downtime to provide effective results.
Much less invasive than dermabrasion and chemical peels, laser treatments remove damaged skin and rejuvenate the patient's appearance. Most of the time, such treatments are sought for the face, but may also be performed on other parts of the body.
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