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New Treatment Allows Patients to Lose Double Chins Without Surgery

In recent years, more and more plastic surgeons are adopting minimally-invasive and non-surgical means to remove fat. One of the latest treatments, Kybella, is still generating a considerable media buzz due to its unique capacity to correct the dreaded double chin.

Approved by the FDA in 2015, this injectable drug is identical to the deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that absorbs fats. According to a recent report, this treatment “will kill and destroy the fat cells and then they’re naturally reabsorbed into the body over time” . The procedure is known to be quick and, as many patients attest, very painless.

Another report describes it as a “lunch-time” procedure, meaning that you can take care of it in less than half an hour . It also requires no downtime, thus allowing patients to immediately resume their regular daily activities immediately after treatment. The results manifest in 3-4 weeks, meaning that you don’t have to wait long to experience a dramatic and positive change in your appearance.

Because this treatment involves no surgical intervention, the results will not necessarily last you a lifetime. However, since Kybella actually destroys fat cells, it delivers long-lasting results that may last for at least two years according to some research studies.

As a highly regarded plastic surgeon specializing in minimally-invasive procedures, Dr. Michael Omidi is proud to offer this effective new treatment. If you are seeking to get rid of your double chin without surgery, schedule a free consultation and see if Kybella is right for you.

Latest Studies Indicate the Growing Popularity of Liposuction

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Recently published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [link 1], a new study bemoans the lack of reliable information concerning liposuction on the web. In particular, the authors single out numerous websites created by plastic surgeons and practices with the intention of advertising their liposuction services. According to the study, approximately two thirds of these websites exhibited “substantial shortcomings” with regards to offering trustworthy information about liposuction. Professional societies and academic centers, on the contrary, received higher grades on delivering quality information to their online readers.

In order to counter this scarcity of trustworthy information, let’s carry out a quick survey of recent studies to sum up the well-known benefits of liposuction as well as to keep tabs on the latest developments in this technique.

According to a common knowledge, liposuction consists in removing aggregations of excess fat. What frequently goes unmentioned is the fact that, in the course of performing liposuction, skilled plastic surgeons must not lose sight of the larger goal – body contouring. The aim of body contouring is not merely to do away with all the excess fat but, ultimately, to sculpt the most flattering and natural-looking silhouette. In lieu of this goal, liposuction typically seeks to eliminate the fat rolls from the flanks while preserving desirable voluptuousness in other areas of the body. In some cases, this procedure may successfully remove unwanted fat while leaving the patient with flabby, hanging skin. In order to address this issue, experienced surgeons may combine liposuction with other procedures such as a tummy tuck to produce ideal body contour.

As a recent article in The Observer [link2] notes, the popularity of liposuction is no longer limited to the female patients. Along with injectable fillers and botox, liposuction is becoming increasingly popular with men. “Before you imagine that these liposuction procedures are only for middle-aged women, think again,” writes the author Margaret Abrams: “Everyone wants an easy fix when it comes to weight – even elderly men.”

Indeed, there are many reasons for the popularity of this procedure. Considered to be minimally invasive, liposuction is fairly safe and effective when it comes to delivering immediate results. A recent study published in Annals of Plastic Surgery [link 3] describes it as the most common cosmetic surgical procedure worldwide and notes that its application goes beyond cosmetic or aesthetic purposes. For this reason, the authors call on third-party public payers and insurance companies to reconsider reimbursement policies associated with this increasingly popular procedure.

1.) http://journals.lww.com/prsgo/Fulltext/2016/06000/Systematic_Review_of_Quality_of_Patient.2.aspx#

2.) http://observer.com/2016/08/new-plastic-surgery-procedures-will-melt-away-your-fat/

3.) http://journals.lww.com/annalsplasticsurgery/Abstract/2015/08000/Functional_and_Therapeutic_Indications_of.23.aspx

Use of Kybella to address the double chin or excess tissue along the neck

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In the past decade there have been many advances for non-invasive aesthetic

procedures. For fat loss the use of Ultheraapy and cool sculpting have developed.

Longer lasting and fillers with higher viscosity solutions such as Voluma and

Juvaderm plus and fillers that don’t attract as much water causing Tyndall Effect, the

blue hue in areas under the eye. Allergan has developed Kybella which is similar to

mesotherapy, deoxycholic acid, which is an acid that helps break down fat.

Kybella is the first drug to be FDA approved for the treatment of moderate-to- severe

fat below the chin. A patient may receive approximately 45 injections in one

treatment and can be repeated six times weekly. Kybella come in

Patients undergoing treatment by Kybella may experience a painful sensation, and

the tissues may appear bruised, swollen, feel numb, hard or appear red.

Kybella should be injected by a physician who is trained in this field and is licensed

health care professional that can evaluate the patient for its use. A board-certified

plastic surgeon can provide you with the both surgical and non-surgical options for

the treatment of excessive skin in the chin.

Who is a poor candidate for Kybella?

Kybella should not be used for patients that have excessively loose skin or complete

loss of the jawline as it does not remove redundant skin.

Patient that have a retrusive or poorly developed chin may benefit from a

genioplasty or chin augmentation with either a chin implant or surgical

advancement of the chin.

Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

Kybella provides optimal results when skin has good elasticity, good snap-back and

mild to moderate fat along the neck. Your doctor should be familiar with

cephalometrics and assess the position of the chin in reference to the remainder of

the face.

Other options that may be necessary to attain a young and defined jaw line may be

liposuctioning of the neck along with non-surgical skin tightening or a neck lift

procedure with or without suture suspension to elevate loose tissue under the skin.

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