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Submental fat, otherwise known as a “double chin” can be caused by several factors, with a large percentage being genetic. With about 67% of people being bothered by the looks of their submental fat and not wanting to undergo surgical correction, Kybella is an excellent option. Kybella is a brand name for an injectable drug called deoxycholic acid, and it is FDA-approved for the treatment of submental (under the chin) fat. The accumulation of submental fat can lead to the appearance of a “double chin.” 

KYBELLA® is administered as a series of injections to the treatment area under the chin, destroying fat cells and producing gradual results. Everyone’s chin profile is different, so the number of treatment sessions will vary based on the amount of fat under the chin and your treatment goals.

Kybella FAQ

Kybella is an injectable treatment for the reduction of submental (under the chin) fat. It contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

Kybella works by destroying fat cells in the targeted area. When injected into the submental fat, it disrupts the fat cell membrane, leading to the breakdown of fat. The body then naturally processes and eliminates the fat.

The number of Kybella treatment sessions needed varies from person to person. On average, a series of treatments is recommended, typically spaced several weeks apart. The exact number of sessions depends on factors such as the amount of submental fat and individual response to the treatment.

Kybella can lead to a reduction in the appearance of a double chin, resulting in a more contoured and defined jawline. Results are gradual and may take several weeks to become noticeable.

The results of Kybella are generally permanent because the treated fat cells are destroyed and eliminated from the body. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, can help prevent the accumulation of new fat in the treated area.

Some discomfort is normal during and after the Kybella treatment. The injections may cause a stinging or burning sensation, and patients may experience swelling and bruising afterward. Your healthcare provider may use a topical numbing agent or ice to help manage any discomfort.

Common side effects of Kybella include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. These side effects are usually temporary and resolve on their own.

While there may be some swelling and bruising after Kybella injections, most people can resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure. 

Kybella is suitable for individuals with moderate to severe submental fat. It’s important to have a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if Kybella is a suitable option based on your specific situation and goals.

Individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an infection in the treatment area, or have a history of difficulty swallowing should not receive Kybella. Also if there’s too much skin laxity from natural aging or rapid weight loss, these patients wouldn’t be great candidates.  It’s essential to discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider to ensure safety.

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