What is Kybella?
Kybella, also known as Deoxycholic acid, is the first FDA-approved treatment to reduce the appearance of a double chin. Kybella is a synthetic, injectable substance identical to the chemical our bodies naturally produce to absorb fat cells.
According to a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 68% of respondents were unhappy with submental fat, or excessive fullness under the chin. Used to treat moderate-to-severe submental fat, Kybella can help reduce fullness. After several studies and two clinical trials, 70% of those tested reported an improvement in both physical and emotional wellness.
How does the treatment work?
Kybella, a liquid cytolytic drug, is administered through several small injections in the submental fat tissue.
Up to 3-4 sessions may be needed, with each session being scheduled 6 weeks apart. Patients with greater volume may require more sessions.
See quick and long-lasting results
Results using Kybella are quick and long-lasting, with reductions in submental fat appearing six weeks after treatment. Unlike other treatments, results from using Kybella last for years, usually without further need for touch-ups.
Can Kybella be used on other types of fat?
At this time, Kybella has not been tested on other areas of the body and is not approved for other fat-reducing treatments. Kybella is only approved safe and effective for the small area of fat below the chin.
Common Side Effects
Common side effects of Kybella are injection site reactions, such as swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and hardness of the treated area. Such side effects may start to fade within three days.
Rare but serious side effects may include nerve injury in the jaw, facial muscle weakness, or trouble swallowing.
You should tell your doctor if an infection occurs at the site of treatment, or if you’ve received prior surgical or aesthetic treatments in the submental area. Alert the nurse or doctor if you have trouble swallowing, thyroid disorder, swollen lymph glands in the neck, or a pre-existing blood disorder.
Is it safe to use while pregnant?
It is not known if Kybella affects unborn babies or can be passed through breastmilk. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Kybella is manufactured by Allergen in Irvine, CA.