What is Kybella?
Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, also known as “double chin”.
How Does it Work?
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
How is Kybella Administered?
Kybella is usually given in a 15- to 20-minute in-office treatment session. You will receive a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment sessions. We will customize your treatments based on the amount of submental fullness you have and your treatment goals. Once the aesthetic goal is achieved, re-treatment is not expected.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Many patients treated with Kybella notice visible contouring of their chin profile in 2 to 4 treatments (spaced at least one month apart). Some people require up to 6 treatments in order to achieve results. Once your chin profile has improved, you may not need to be treated with Kybella again.
Is there downtime?
For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred mostly after the first treatment session. When scheduling treatments, keep your social plans and work commitments in mind.
Will I Experience Any Side Effects?
You may experience some side effects with Kybella, as with other injectable treatments. The most common are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. We may apply ice/cold packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable. After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes, as needed.