Kybella expert, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Glenn Vallecillos, Weighs in On Kybella- An FDA-Approved Injectable Treatment For Fat Beneath the Chin

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Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS, examines the effectiveness of Kybella, the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment that improves the appearance of submental fullness, otherwise known as "double chin".

Kybella female patient before and after treatment picture

Kybella patient before and after treatment

In over 20 clinical trials, more than 1,600 patients received treatment with Kybella. These patients reported improvement in both their appearance and emotional outlook regarding their new profile.

Dr. Glenn Vallecillos, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and nationally recognized leader in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, speaks out in support of Kybella to treat the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that works to destroy fat cells under the chin.

"The active ingredient in Kybella occurs naturally in the body," says Dr. Vallecillos. "This acid helps the body break down and absorb fats. Injecting Kybella into the treatment area destroys those fat cells. More than half of my facial plastic surgery patients complain about fat beneath the chin, which we call submental fullness. Kybella's FDA approval and extensive clinical trials, combined with the non-invasive nature of the technique, make it a procedure I fully support."

In over 20 clinical trials, more than 1,600 patients received treatment with Kybella. These patients reported improvement in both their appearance and emotional outlook regarding their new profile. Dr. Vallecillos advises, "Patients who are basically healthy but suffer from submental fullness despite regular exercise and a balanced diet may be good candidates for Kybella treatments."

Kybella is a viable option for patients complaining of submental fullness who do not want to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. No matter what caused the patient's condition, whether age, weight gain, or heredity, Kybella offers a solution with minimal side effects and lasting results.

When injected beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, making it impossible for them to store fat. The patient's body processes the fat through its natural metabolism. Patients may require up to six separate treatments, but once complete, no further treatments are necessary.

Side effects are typically mild, according to Dr. Vallecillos, and may include:

  •     Swelling
  •     Bruising
  •     Pain
  •     Numbness
  •     Redness
  •     Areas of hardness in the treatment area

Dr. Vallecillos advises patients that side effects that are more serious are possible, so they should share their full medical history with their physician, including prior facial surgeries, current prescriptions and supplements, as well as whether they are pregnant or nursing.

As a recognized expert in nonsurgical rejuvenation, Dr. Vallecillos speaks locally, nationally, and internationally about his passion for minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. He has also trained hundreds of top physicians and surgeons on non-invasive aesthetic procedures, including advanced injection techniques.

A practicing plastic surgeon since 2005, Dr. Vallecillos' goal regarding cosmetic enhancement is to create a natural appearance that complements the patient's features. He bases his practice on evidence-based medicine. Patient consultations include extensive education to help create realistic expectations of procedure results, along with gathering pertinent patient information, such as his or her aesthetic goals and medical history.

Located in the heart of the Beverly Hills Medical District, Dr. Vallecillos' facility offers patients state-of-the-art equipment and JHACO-accredited operative theaters. His staff is knowledgeable and supportive, and he offers patients an array of comfortable accommodations, including a VIP waiting area with complimentary beverages and snacks.

In addition to a thriving medical practice and active public speaking schedule, Dr. Vallecillos is a regular contributor to The European Journal of Plastic Surgery and InStyle's Best Beauty Buys, and he is a contributing editor to Sherdog and SheKnows. Additionally, he has appeared on CNN's Larry King Live, Inside Edition, and Fox News.

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