What is Kybella?
Kybella is the first and only non-surgical injection approved by the FDA that is able to dissolve excess submental fat under the chin. The injection treatment is used to dissolve excess fat in the area known as the "double-chin" using deoxycholic acid to target fat cells with no incisions.
How Does Kybella Work?
The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
Ideal Candidates for Kybella
Before starting treatment, our staff will examine the area under and around your chin to determine if Kybella is right for you. Then, your specialist will tailor your treatment to the amount of fat under the chin and your aesthetic goals.
You should inform our specialists about all of your medical conditions before receiving treatment. You may not be a candidate if you have one or more of the following:
- Had or plan to have surgery on your face or neck
- Had or plan to have cosmetic treatments on your face of neck
- Medical conditions in your neck area
- Bleeding problems
- Pregnancy or planning to become pregnant
- If you are breastfeeding
- If you use blood thinners or other similar medications
Things to Consider
How Many Treatments?
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your healthcare specialist will help determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Each KYBELLA treatment session is given at least 1 month apart, and you should not receive more than 6 treatments. In clinical studies, 59% of patients received 6 treatments.
Potential Side Effects of Kybella
The most common side effects of Kybella include: swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. These are not all the possible side effects of Kybella.
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness)
- Trouble swallowing
- Injection site problems including: bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site.
Recovery From Kybella
After your treatment, it is likely that you will have some swelling, bruising or numbness under your chin. If you experience facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or an uneven smile, make sure you contact our office.