What is Kybella®?
Kybella is a prescription medicine and is the only FDA-approved injection treatment used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” Kybella is a non-surgical fat removal treatment approved by the FDA for contouring and improving the appearance of submental fullness (double chin).
Kybella effectively removes excess fat under the chin, leaving a smooth jawline without the necessary recovery time of other treatments such as a neck lift surgery. Sometimes, even with diet or exercise, the unwanted fullness beneath your chin may not go away, and it could make you appear older or heavier than you actually are.
When injected into the fat 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 does Kybella work?
Kybella is a non-surgical double chin removal treatment injection. Kybella is developed through a synthetic formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into targeted fat pockets under the chin, Kybella causes the rapid destruction and absorption of fat cells while also preventing future fat accumulation.
After treatment, the fat that is cleared from the area is processed by the body’s natural metabolic process. Kybella only targets fat cells; all other cells and tissue remain unaffected. Kybella is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. It is geared toward people looking for an improved chin profile.
What does the Kybella treatment procedure involve?
Kybella is administered to the fat under the chin through a series of injections. Because each person is unique, a custom treatment plan is tailored for each individual patient.
The procedure is non-invasive with minimal downtime or recovery required. Most treatments last between 15 and 20 minutes. A topical numbing anesthetic can be used to minimize discomfort.
Depending on each patient characteristics and goals multiple Kybella treatment sessions may be necessary. Most patients experience visible results within two to four treatment sessions. Treatment sessions are spaced about a month apart.
Once the aesthetic response is achieved, no further treatments will be required unless submental fullness redevelops.
Am I an appropriate candidate for Kybella?
Kybella is limited to under chin fat removal and reduction. It does not treat excess or loose skin, nor can it be used for neck fat removal or on areas of the face. However, there are other treatment options for these issues, such as a neck lift.
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