Kybella

Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells.

Kybella® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” 

Kybella® (injection treatment) might be right for you if:

  • You’re bothered by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness
  • You don’t want surgery
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
  • You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away

What causes submental fullness?

Submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin can impact a broad range of both male and female adults. Some possible causes are:

  • Genetics
  • Weight Gain
  • Aging

Sometimes, even with diet or exercise, the condition may not go away, and it could make you appear older or heavier than you actually are.

How does Kybella®  (injection treatment) work?

  • When injected into the area beneath your chin, Kybella® destroys fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat
  • 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
  • Fat cleared from the treatment area is processed through your body’s natural metabolism

How many treatment sessions will I need?

  • Most of my clients require 1-2 treatments. Dependent on the level of fullness and desired resutls.

How is Kybella® administered?

  • You will be numbed in the office for about 20 minutes.
  • Actual injections take approximately 15 minutes.

What can I expect after my treatment session?

  • For most patients, downtime occurred most commonly after the first treatment session
  • Expect to swell for the first 24 hours lasting 4-7 days.
  • You may also experience bruising for up to a week.
  • After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes, as needed

Will there be side effects?

  • Kybella® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness (experienced by 4 out of 100 people in clinical studies) and trouble swallowing (experienced by 2 out of 100 people in clinical studies)
  • The most common treatment area side effects include:
    • Swelling
    • Bruising
    • Pain
    • Numbness
    • Redness
    • Areas of hardness

You are not a candidate if you are pregnant or nursing.