The FDA has approved KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection, which contours and improves the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness due to submental fat. Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.
KYBELLA® is a non-human and non-animal formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA® causes lysis of adipocytes, the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
We will design a treatment plan tailored to help you improve your chin profile. During your treatment sessions, she will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.
Strict clinical trials have resulted in the FDA-approved Kybella, a safe and effective way to remove stubborn submental fat – no surgery or incisions required. It’s the only FDA-approved injectable double-chin-reduction method on the market today.
Are you interested in arranging a Kybella consultation and learning more about submental fat reduction? If so, contact Medical Skin Boutique today to reserve a complimentary consultation. We will evaluate your double chin and determine whether you are a candidate for this cutting-edge treatment!
KYBELLA™ Frequently Asked Questions
KYBELLA™ is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, deoxycholic acid, that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once fat cells are destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
KYBELLA™ is a 30 to 45 minute in-office treatment. The submental area is cleaned and prepped. The treatment area is anesthetized with ice which will make the KYBELLA™ injections very tolerable. KYBELLA™ is injected into 10 to 20 sites and then over time KYBELLA™ will work to destroy the fat cells. The amount of injections and number of treatments will be determined by each individual’s amount of submental fullness. Typically, 2 to 6 treatments will be necessary for best results.
It takes a minimum of two treatments to see any results. Treatments are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Most patients will notice results within 3 months of their third or fourth treatment, although up to six treatments may be necessary. It is possible that you will not see improvement despite multiple treatments due to your underlying anatomy or other factors.
The results are long-lasting, as fat is destroyed and does not reappear. Re-treatment is not expected.
Immediately after your KYBELLA™ treatment you will experience mild swelling and redness, and possible bruising. The most common side effect is swelling, and although the swelling will be most dramatic during the first 3 days after the procedure, it will gradually subside in a few days to a few weeks. Other potential side effects that were reported during FDA trials were discomfort or tenderness to the area, numbness, and tingling. These side effects lasted only a few days to a few weeks and most were mild. None of the side effects were long lasting.