KYBELLATM (deoxycholic acid) injection, the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug available that contours and improves the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness, sometimes referred to as a “double chin,” is now available in St. Louis. Submental fullness is a common, yet under-treated aesthetic condition that is often resistant to diet and exercise alone and influenced by several factors, including aging, genetics and weight gain.
Ridenour Plastic Surgery is the first plastic surgery practices in St. Louis to be able to offer KYBELLA™ to patients. Dr. Ridenour has been trained on the proper technique for administering the treatment for the safety of his patients.
Each in-office treatment session with KYBELLA™ is typically 15-20 minutes. When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved with KYBELLA™, re-treatment is not expected.
With this nonsurgical treatment, many patients experience visible results in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to six treatments may be administered. Treatment with KYBELLA™ is customized by Ridenour Plastic Surgery to the patient’s aesthetic goals for an improved chin profile.
The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and formation of areas of hardness in the treatment area. In clinical trials, the incidence and severity of most side effects decreased with subsequent KYBELLA™ treatments. KYBELLA™ can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.
KYBELLATM has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide, of which 1,600 have been treated with KYBELLATM.
About Ridenour Plastic Surgery
Ridenour Plastic Surgery is consistently ranked in th St. Louis’ “Best Cosmetic Surgery Center” Ladue News Platinum List. The recognition is testament to the care and professionalism that Dr. Brock Ridenour and his talented staff provide to each and every patient. With 25 years of experience, Dr. Ridenour is committed to helping patients look and feel their best. Through a wide range of innovative plastic surgery and professional skin care offerings, an exemplary staff ensures patients have an enjoyable experience that leads to quality results.
KYBELLA™ is the first and only approved injectable drug for contouring moderate to severe submental fullness, a condition that is commonly referred to as a double chin. KYBELLA™ is a non-human and non-animal formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.i When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.ii KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. The safe and effective use of KYBELLA™ for the treatment of subcutaneous fat outside the submental region has not been established and is not recommended.
Important Safety Information
What is KYBELLA™?
KYBELLA™ is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.”
It is not known if KYBELLA™ is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
Who should not receive KYBELLA™?
You should not receive KYBELLA™ if you have an infection in the treatment area.
Before receiving KYBELLA™, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA™ will harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA™ passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA™).
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).
What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA™?
KYBELLA™ can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness
The most common side effects of KYBELLA™ include: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA™. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.