The neck’s big thing

In November 2015 two cosmetic innovations are coming to the US market, both aimed at treating unwanted neck fat. Medically known as submental fullness or lipodystropy, excess fat in the anterior neck under the chin is a common cosmetic complaint. Up until now, the only effective way to remove the fat was liposuction. While effective and economical, some people are opposed to invasive procedures, even minimally invasive techniques like liposuction.

KYBELLA® is an injectable treatment from Allergan. KYBELLA® is the first and only FDA approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. KYBELLA® is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Typically 2-4 treatment sessions are required to achieve desired results. Each treatment is spaced at least one month apart. After the aesthetic goals are achieved, re-treatment with KYBELLA® is not expected. Each treatment session ranges in price between $800-$1600. Adverse effects include possible numbness, swelling, and bruising.

Are you afraid of needles? COOLMINI™ from CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is also being introduced this month. Zeltiq boasts “no needles, no surgery, no downtime”. COOLMINI™ is FDA cleared for the treatment of submental fat. It was designed for small areas of fat including submental fat, axillary fat (the fat in front of your arm pit), knees and other smaller bulges of stubborn fat. On average patients can expect 20% reduction in fat after each treatment. Typically 2-3 treatments are required for optimal results. Each treatment session is approximately $1000. Adverse effects can include post-treatment discomfort. No bruising or swelling is expected.

For more information on these treatments which we now offer, contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Guy Cappuccino in Mount Airy at 301-829-4110.


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