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Dr. Benjamin Van Raalte of Iowa Plastic Surgery, 4334 53rd St., Davenport, Iowa, has earned the level of platinum membership with Allergan Partner Privileges®. In a note from Allergan to Dr. Van Raalte: “Your newly upgraded status is a sign of commitment to your practice and your patients.”

Iowa Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer Kybella®. Dr. Van Raalte has been trained in Kybella® use, but also as a board certified plastic surgeon is able to discuss the alternatives to Kybella® and offer those too. With his surgical training he is very knowledgeable of the anatomy of the neck, something that many other “weekend course” aesthetic “experts” do not have.

Many patients are unhappy about the double chin or submental fat or fullness. It can be a sign of aging or genetics. Some cases may be related to weight, but others are more genetic and affect adults of different body types and sizes regardless of weight. Men and women of normal weight can have this and find despite a healthy diet or exercising it does not improve.



*Actual Iowa Plastic Surgery patient. Individual results may vary

Kybella® is a non-surgical alternative to improve the chin or reduce stubborn fat that creates natural results. We will work with you to determine the best course of treatment. Treatment with Kybella® is customized by Dr. Van Raalte to your aesthetic goals for an improved chin profile. Dr. Van Raalte will determine if you are an acceptable candidate, and discuss the risks and benefits of surgery, and compare recovery, cost, and results, and risks of surgical including liposuction and neck lifts and non surgical treatments such as Kybella® or CoolSculpting or Sculpsure™.

Kybella® Injections?

Fat in the lower face that cause a double chin ise difficult to get rid of by diet or exercise. This area was usually reduced with surgical procedures like liposuction or a neck lift but now with Kybella®, surgery is no longer the only option.

Kybella® is composed of Deoxycholic acid which is a natural body substance, or bile acid, that reduces fat. It is injected by Dr. Van Raalte into treated areas with a fine needle, where it reduces the fat cells. Deoxycholic acid is made naturally in humans and its use in reducing fat in the chin area has been clinically tested and is FDA-approved.*

*Individual results may vary.

A series of several tiny injections are given into the fat to be treated. The entire session lasting just a few minutes and with minimal discomfort. Please see our video of the treatment.

Am I a Good Candidate for Kybella® Injections?

Kybella® is safe for both men and women. The best results are seen in individuals who have tighter skin in the neck area. If the neck is mostly lose skin, and not much fat, Kybella® may not be a good option for you, and Dr. Van Raalte will discuss alternatives. The fat also has to be under the skin, not deep to the muscle. During your consultation, Dr. Van Raalte will assess factors such as your medical history, your skin condition and fat, and your expectations to determine if Kybella® injections will help you. The average number of sessions is 3 to 4 treatments.

What is the Recovery?

Kybella® has been proven safe in studies. Recovery is variable but the first session usually has the most swelling so plan accordingly. The swelling the first session can last a week. There also can be bruising and itchiness Pain is usually minimal. You can drive yourself home and should be able to do most normal activities. You can go to work, but be aware there may be swelling..

How Long Will the Results Last?

Kybella® is a gradual improvement and often requires multiple sessions over a few months in order to achieve better results. If you desire a quick improvement, liposuction might be a better choice.

Contact Iowa Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with board certified surgeon Dr. Van Raalte and find out if you are a candidate for Kybella® injections for double chin reduction.

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*Individual results may vary

*Individual results may vary

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results* Kybella® Liposuction Necklift/Facelift CoolSculpting SculpSure
amount of fat per treatment variable maximum maximum 2 mm 3 mm
degrees of improvement
cost per treatment $1,200 $3,800 $5000 and up $1200 per site and up $1500 and up
number of treatments 2 to 4 1 1 2 or more 2 or more
recovery short term 1 week swelling 1 week 1 to 2 weeks swelling none
recovery long term faster each time some tightening most tightening occasional pain mild tightening
pain little little some some little
numbness yes yes yes yes no
precise some precision most precision most precision least precise some precision
failures 15% 4% 4% 50% 50%
Realself not sure not sure 50% not sure 24% not sure 10% not sure 35% not sure 30%
Realself not worth it not worth it 5% not worth it 1% not worth it 5% not worth it 15% not worth it 10%
Realself rating 95% 95% 95% 76% 84%
Loose neck skin NO NO YES NO NO

*Data compiled from RealSelf April 2016. The table reflects the opinions of the author.


Dr. Benjamin Van Raalte is an expert injector. He is a board-certified physician in plastic surgery, with almost 30 years of knowing the anatomy, the artistic skills, the talent, and the thousands of patients injected. He has completed over 15,000 injectable treatments at his practice.

The photos below are from a local “cosmetic” clinic run by a doctor who is not residency-trained in plastic surgery. The injections were done by a nurse. This patient was injected with multiple syringes, not to compliment her deficiencies and without any artistic sense, proper selection of filler, or technique.

The patient is kind enough to share her experience and allow us to use her pictures. She was told by the doctor that “This is normal.” No one there knew what to do to correct it or reverse it, nor did they have the materials (which are supposed to be available for an emergency) on hand.

Unfortunately, the law allows physicians to advertise themselves as plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, or even stating they are “board-certified,” even if it is a board in emergency medicine, cardiology, or gynecology. There are multiple “fake” boards that do not require a residency — all they need to do is take a course and pay the dues.

Look for credentials. Board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, hospital privileges to do the procedure, member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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