Kybella™ is used to treat a commonly undertreated aesthetic condition known as submental fat, or in common terms the “double chin.” Submental fullness can impact a broad range of adults, but is not limited to people who are overweight. It can affect men and women of average weight and is typically caused by genetics, aging, and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise. 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 it is injected into the fat beneath your chin, the solution causes the destruction of fat cells, causing the cells to be destroyed and unable to store or accumulate fat. Kybella™ is the first and only non-surgical option on the market to treat the double-chin area.
The Kybella™ procedure begins with a customized treatment plan determined by your provider. Prior to your treatment, the submental area will be thoroughly cleaned and a marked template of injection points will be placed under the chin area. The area will then be iced for a series of minutes prior to the procedure to help with any discomfort. The Kybella™ is then administered as an injection into the fat tissue in the submental area tailored to the treatment goals of the patient and their physician. Treatments are typically spaced 6-8 weeks apart and may only be administered by a physician. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions. Up to 6 treatments may be administered per patient.
Established as the first and only non-surgical procedure to eliminate the submental, or double-chin fat area, Kybella™ received FDA approval in April of 2015. Kybella™ is identical to the deoxycholic acid that is produced in the body. Deoxycholic acid produced in the body helps the body absorb fats. KybellaTM is a cytolytic drug, which when properly injected into submental fat, destroys fat cells.
Kybella™ Frequently Asked Questions
How long do Kybella™ results last?
When injected into the fat under your chin, Kybella™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with Kybella™ is not expected.
When will I see results?
Kybella™ results are seen within 2-4 treatments, sometimes sooner.
Can I get Kybella™ done the same day as other injectable procedures?
Yes, you can receive Kybella™ the same day you receive other injectable treatments such as Botox, Voluma XC ,Restylane or Juvederm.
How does Kybella™ remove the fat in the treated area?
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.
Does it really matter who does my Kybella™?
Kybella™ should be administered by a trained physician only. There are a number of side effects that may be experienced, only if injected improperly.
Will I experience any side effects from Kybella™?
The safety profile of Kybella™ is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area which are all temporary.
Kybella™: Before and After
Kybella™: are you a candidate?
If you’re bothered by and looking for a non-surgical option to treat the under chin or submental fat area, then Kybella™may be the treatment for you! It is designed and approved for men and women to treat moderate to severe fat below the chin.