Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat by physically destroying the fat cells. The active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid (DCA), a naturally occurring molecule in the body that breaks down and absorbs fat by breaking down cell membranes of fat cells. When injecting Kybella, the response is that fat cells are targeted to destruction. The dissolved fat then gets cleared by the lymphatic and circulatory systems, as any waste product in our bodies does. These target fat cells remove themselves gradually over the span of several weeks. As for the Kybella/deoxycholic acid, it follows the same path; It gets metabolized and broken down, and then excreted as waste.
Sometimes, no matter how much you exercise or diet, the stored fat will not go away. Resulting in “double chin” or unwanted fat pockets.
Totally tailored to the patient and your unique chin profile. This procedure can be done in the office and usually takes 20-30 minutes. This procedure permanently destroys the fat cells in the treatment area and dramatically improves the chin profile. Multiple injections are required under the chin per treatment session. Typically, 4-6 treatments are required 1 month apart.
The side effects are usually temporary and often resolve on their own. Swelling, numbness, bruising, redness, pain, areas of hardness, nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial weakness and trouble swallowing.
Who Can Be Treated With Kybella?
Kybella is suitable for men and women ages 19 to 65+ who are experiencing fullness in the chin/submentum area, often referred to as a “double chin”. Kybella is also a great alternative for anyone who cannot receive CoolSculpting, or liposuction to areas where fat pockets reside, such as the bra bulges, knees, or abdomen.
How Is Kybella Unique?
Surprisingly, deoxycholic acid has been used for many years for the reduction of fat. In 2015, a company called Kythera achieved an FDA approval for safe treatment of submental fat using Kybella. Since the FDA approval, Allergan, purchased the company and dropped the Kythera name. The FDA approval provides a safety rating that previous and current non-brand name deoxycholic acid products cannot provide.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Kybella?
Kybella is typically used for the chin/submentum area or “double chin”, however it may also be successfully used for fat pockets around the bra, knees and abdomen areas.
Are Results From Kybella Permanent?
Yes, the results from Kybella are long term, as fat is targeted, destroyed and removed. For those who are experiencing fat accumulation without regarding to being overweight, a dramatic improvement to your appearance can be experienced in just a few treatments.
Is Kybella Safe?
Yes, Kybella is FDA approved and safe for use as indicated when injected by a skilled, licensed nurse, nurse practitioner or doctor provider.
What Does The Kybella Treatment Feel Like?
Kybella treatment is virtually painless. Kybella requires a series of small injections with a very small, thin needle to the desired treatment area. These will feel like tiny pinpricks.