Kybella®

Jawline in need of some definition? Kybella® breaks down stubborn fat deposits in the neck area that cause the appearance of a double chin.

Fast Facts

Kybella®

Submental fat or fullness, referred to by many as a “double chin,” is a cosmetic problem that affects men and women of all weights and ages. Kybella® is the only non-surgical FDA-approved treatment that destroys fat cells in the chin area to improve your profile.

Kybella® contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected in the chin area, Kybella® targets and destroys fat cells. Most patients need 2-4 treatments spaced more than one month apart to achieve desired results. Over time, the area looks slimmer and more defined. Once destroyed, the fat cells cannot return.

BEFORE TREATMENT

  • Avoid alcohol consumption for 1 week prior.
  • If you have a special event coming up, you may want to schedule treatment 2-3 weeks in advance.

DURING TREATMENT

  • The treatment area is cleansed.
  • A treatment grid is applied to the chin/neck area.
  • Kybella® is injected in a series of small injections to the treatment area.
  • Ice is applied once treatment is complete.

AFTER TREATMENT

  • Peak swelling occurs within the first 3 days, with residual swelling lasting a few weeks.
  • Redness and minor bruising are common.
  • Return to normal activity, but refrain from exercise for 3 days.
  • Apply cool compresses to alleviate discomfort.

RESULT NOTES

  • 2-6 treatments are needed for the best results.
  • Final results are seen 4-6 weeks after the last treatment.
  • Results are permanent once desired results are achieved, but can be affected by weight gain and natural aging.
What is Kybella®?

Kybella® is an injected prescription medicine approved by the FDA for fat reduction in the submental area. It breaks down stubborn fat deposits in the neck area that cause the appearance of a double chin. While only indicated for injection under the chin, some patients have seen successful fat reduction after Kybella® injections in other areas, such as the stomach, back rolls, and above the knees and elbows.

How does Kybella® work?

Kybella’s active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected into the chin, it permanently destroys fat cells, causing the area to look noticeably slimmer in the weeks and months following treatment. Reducing fat under the chin also helps define the jawline and the transition between the chin and the neck, giving it a more elegant contour.

Who is a good candidate?

Ideal candidates for Kybella® are individuals who have submental fullness, are 18 years of age or older, wish to avoid surgery or lengthy recovery, and are in good overall health. Our medical team will evaluate your anatomy and determine if you are a good candidate for Kybella®.

How long does one treatment take?

Each Kybella® treatment takes 15-20 minutes and is administered in a series of small injections directly into the submental area.

How many treatments will I need?

Most people need 2-4 treatments spaced at least 1 month apart. Larger double chins require more treatments, while smaller double chins require less. Up to 6 treatments may be performed.

How long do results last?

Once the desired result is achieved, results are permanent, as the fat cells have been destroyed. However, results may be affected by weight gain and natural aging.

Are there any side effects?

Though Kybella® is non-surgical, some common side effects include pain, swelling, bruising, redness, and numbness, which should subside within 1-2 weeks. Rarely, more serious side effects can occur, including nerve injury in the jaw and trouble swallowing.