Kybella is an injectable treatment option that may be right for you if you are bothered by submental fullness (commonly known as a double chin) or fat found underneath the chin and along the jawline. The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a molecule that is naturally found in our bodies and is responsible for destroying fat cells. Once injected, the acid is able to destroy submental fat cells and reduce fullness along the chin.
How Does it Work?
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. 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.
Before starting treatment, your physician will examine the area under and around your chin to determine if KYBELLA® is right for you. Then we will tailor your treatment to the amount of fat under the chin and your aesthetic goals. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
After KYBELLA® treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin. Be sure to inform your physician if you develop an uneven smile, facial muscle weakness, or difficulty swallowing.
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your physician 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.