Kybella® is an injectable that is FDA approved to improve your profile by minimizing the the appearance of moderate to severe fullness of a “double chin,” also known as submental fat. It is the perfect treatment for those who are self-conscious about submental fullness, especially those who eat well and exercise without losing fat in that area, making them appear heavier than they actually are. Kybella is a great alternative to surgery, and requires no downtime.
The jawline is a common place for people to experience fullness and sagging as we age, gain weight, or simply due to genetics. In just a few treatments, Kybella® helps to reduce the fat in this area, while also tightening the skin, creating a more contoured jawline.
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which is naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in dietary fat being broken down and absorbed. When Kybella is injected in to the fat under the chin, it destroys the fat cells, and the fat slowly melts away and then is flushed from the body. Once these cells are destroyed, they are no longer able to accumulate or store fat, which means that you should not need further treatment after reaching your goal. As the fat cells are flushed out, the cells that surround the treated area start to promote the production of collagen, which helps to tighten and firm the skin.
Each Kybella treatment consists of multiple small injections under your chin. The process of these injections takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the number of injections you receive. The amount of fat under your chin, and your desired aesthetic goal will determine the exact number of injections you will need.
Each patient’s chin profile is different, so the number of injections and treatments needed is different for everyone. During your initial consultation, we will determine how many treatment sessions will be needed based on the distribution and amount submental fat, as well as your specific goals for the treatment. Each treatment session is done at least one month apart, and it is not recommended to receive more than six treatments.
Immediately following your Kybella treatment, you may experience some swelling, soreness and/or bruising in the treatment area. This usually is gone within the first few days after your treatment. Within a month after receiving Kybella, you should see a reduction of fat in the area under the chin, as well as tightening of the skin. This will continue to improve over the next 3-5 months.