Kybella is a non-surgical FDA-approved injectable treatment (deoxycholic acid) used in adults to treat submental fullness, which is excess fat under the chin. This excess fat can give the appearance of a double chin and can be due to genetics, weight gain or increasing age. Kybella destroys this excess fat and improves the chin profile. In addition, the induced inflammatory response from the injection results in a mild tightening effect, improving the contour of the neck and jaw line.
How does Kybella work?
Synthetic deoxycholic acid is the active ingredient in Kybella. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring bile acid in the body and is involved in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When Kybella is injected into the fat under the chin, the fat cells are destroyed, resulting in an improved chin profile.
Who is a candidate for Kybella?
Candidates for Kybella include healthy adults who are bothered by submental fullness / fat and wish to avoid surgery or liposuction. Individuals who have infection at the treatment area or have bleeding problems should not receive Kybella.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of submental fullness but should not be more than 6 sessions. Most individuals require at least 2 treatment sessions before achieving a noticeable result. Treatments should be spread apart by at least 1 month.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effects include temporary swelling, bruising, pain, numbness and areas of hardness, which typically resolve on their own. Less common side effects include nerve injury resulting in a temporary uneven smile or trouble swallowing.
What is the recovery like after Kybella injection?
The injection induces an inflammatory response which results in swelling and bruising. This typically lasts a few days to a week and can be minimized with anti-inflammatory medications taken before treatment and ice packs used afterwards. The extent of swelling will vary depending on the amount of fat treated and amount of Kybella used. Pain is usually minimal and well controlled.
How long will results last?
Since fat cells are destroyed and can no longer store or accumulate fat, results would be long lasting. Once your reach your desired outcome, no further treatments are required.