Don’t be a Turkey (Neck) - What to Know about Kybella

Welcome to our annual No Turkey Neck edition.  As you may remember, last year—in anticipation of the holiday with a wattle— I wrote about nonsurgical options for upgrading our necks.  Well those were some good suggestions (if i do say so myself). But there’s a new option on the market: Kybella.

This injection is made of deoxycholic acid, which is actually produced by the body naturally. In the body, its purpose is absorb fat.  (Yay, we love that type of acid!)

The synthetic version that is injected into the pocket of fat below the chin (so far, the only location on the body for which Kybella is FDA-approved) will “destroy fat cells” when properly injected into submental fat.

Now, beware- deoxycholic acid/ Kybella could also destroy skin cells if incorrectly administered. Do your homework and choose a board-certified plastic surgeon familiar with this new injectable. 

In addition to the obvious “Pros” associated with this new treatment to eliminate stubborn fat, there are a few “Cons” to be aware of:

1. Recovery time + side effects: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and hardness of the fat under the chin are common, and immediate side effects.  While other injectables, like BOTOX, don’t have any down time, it might be best to give yourself a few days (48 hours) to let the body react to and process the deocycholic acid. 

2. Kybella will not tighten your skin.  After the acid destroys the fat, you have to be sure that the skin will tighten up. Age, hydration levels, and overall looseness (or laxity - link to my post) will all affect the overall result. So if your skin has been stretched for many years due to a substantial amount of fat in that region, this procedure may not be your best option for getting you looking your best.

But not to fear—wattle or no—you have options. Many of them! And an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon will be the best expert to advise on them, given your unique face/shape/fat/muscle make up.  

This post is presented to the Girl Around Town audience in partnership with
Smart Beauty Guide and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


Posted on November 18, 2015 .