What is KYBELLA?
KYBELLA is a medication known as deoxycholic acid, that is injected in the area under the chin, also known as submental fat or double chin, resulting in improvement of the appearance of fat below the chin.
How does it work?
Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body which helps in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, it causes the destruction of fat cells in that area. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. It is recommended to have 2 to 4 treatments to achieve desired results. Once the desired result is achieved, re-treatment is usually not necessary.
Who is it for?
Kybella is approved for use in anyone over the age of 18 with submental fat under the chin, also known as a “double chin”.
What is the procedure like?
KYBELLA is a non-surgical treatment consisting of multiple injections, carefully placed, according to a specific grid, in the area below the chin to dissolve the fat cells. A numbing cream may be applied prior to treatment for your comfort. The treatment is done in the office and only takes a few minutes.
What can I expect?
There will be some swelling and possible bruising immediately afterward each treatment which may last for a few weeks, depending on the individual response to the treatment.
Is there downtime?
There is no actual downtime, however, the swelling, and possible bruising, may be noticeable for a week or so, depending on individual’s response.
How many treatments will I need?
We will help to assess how many treatments each person may need. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Up to 6 sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart. It is expected that once the desired effect is reached, no further treatment is needed.
What else do you need to know about KYBELLA?
What are the possible complications?
It is not known if KYBELLA is safe and effective in those less than 18 years of age. The most common side effects include: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area. There is a rare possibility, when not injected properly, that KYBELLA can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing or nerve injury that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. It is not known if KYBELLA is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.