Kybella™ (deoxycholic acid) injections
As the years go by, skin begins to sag and fill with fat, and the dreaded “double chin” develops. Fortunately, there’s a treatment for fat in the chin area — Kybella, the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment for submental fullness, also known as a “double chin.” Submental fullness occurs when fat develops under the chin area, creating the appearance of having multiple chins in the neck area. Kybella injections treat that area by contouring and improving the appearance of the double chin in sessions of 15 to 20 minutes.
What is Kybella?
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a prescription medicine used to treat moderate to severe submental fat in a safe and effective manner. It is not yet known if Kybella can be used outside the submental area, but it has been shown to significantly treat “double chin.”
How do double chin injections work?
The active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, occurs naturally in the body, aiding the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When the fat in your chin is injected with Kybella, it destroys the fat cells, causing them to lose their ability to store or accumulate fat after treatment.
How is Kybella treatment administered?
Your doctor will design a customized treatment plan with you to help improve your chin profile. Treatment sessions will be spaced at least one month apart to help your doctor determine how many treatments you need to achieve the results you desire. Many patients have two to four treatment sessions before experiencing visible contouring of their chin profile, but you can have up to six treatments administered.
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Your Kybella treatment regimen will be designed specifically for you and your desired results. Once you achieve the desired aesthetic response you desire with Kybella, retreatment is not expected.1
Can you experience side effects from double chin treatment?
As with any cosmetic procedure, Kybella injections can cause side effects, including:
- Swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness around the treatment area
- Trouble swallowing
- Possible nerve injury in the jaw2
You should not undergo Kybella injections if you have an infection in the treatment area.
Before undergoing treatment of double chin, speak with your doctor about all of your medical conditions, all medicines you take (including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements), and any other concerns you may have.
- KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Data on File.
- KYBELLA Prescribing Information, April 2015.
Kybella before & after gallery
These photos are provided by Allergan, the manufacturer of Kybella.