Kybella®

Kybella

Reveal Your Own Kybella® Profile

Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells.

Kybella® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called "double chin." 

Kybella Before and After

Kybella® (injection treatment) might be right for you if:

  • You're bothered by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness
  • You don't want surgery
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
  • You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away

What causes submental fullness?

Submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin can impact a broad range of both male and female adults. Some possible causes are:

  • Genetics
  • Weight Gain
  • Aging

Sometimes, even with diet or exercise, the condition may not go away, and it could make you appear older or heavier than you actually are.

How does Kybella®  (injection treatment) work?

  • When injected into the area 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 many treatment sessions will I need?

  • Your healthcare provider will help you determine how many treatment sessions you need, based on the amount and distribution of you submental fat and your personal treatment goals
  • Up to 6 treatments may be administered, spaced no less than 1 month apart
  • Fifty-nine percent of people treated with Kybella® in clinical studies received 6 treatments

How is Kybella® administered?

  • Kybella® is given during an in-office visit. The injection process may take 15-20 minutes
  • Your healthcare provider will give you a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session

What can I expect after my treatment session?

  • For most patients, downtime occurred most commonly after the first treatment session
  • You should be able to resume your daily activities, but are likely to have swelling so keep your social plans and work commitments in mind when scheduling your treatment
  • Prior to your treatment session, your healthcare provider may apply ice/cold packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable
  • After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes, as needed

Will there be side effects?

  • Kybella® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness (experienced by 4 out of 100 people in clinical studies) and trouble swallowing (experienced by 2 out of 100 people in clinical studies)
  • The most common treatment area side effects include:
    • Swelling
    • Bruising
    • Pain
    • Numbness
    • Redness
    • Areas of hardness

If these statements apply to you, ask your doctor if Kybella® is right for you. Before receiving treatment, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if Kybella® will harm your unborn baby); or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if Kybella® passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive Kybella®).

 

Kybella Before and After Female Treatment PhotoKybella Before and After Treatment Photo

Ready to schedule your Kybella® treatment?

Here are some questions you may want to ask your healthcare provider:

  • Will treatment with Kybella® help me achieve my aesthetic goals?
  • What kind of aftercare will I need?
  • When should I schedule a follow-up visit?
  • Will I need follow-up treatments once we achieve our desired outcome?