Kybella is an FDA-approved enzyme that permanently dissolves fat, in stubborn fat pockets of the body. Kybella is predominately used to create a slimmer and more contoured jawline. We also use Kybella off label to reduce fat pockets above the knee, banana roll, or elbows. Kybella works over the course of 6-8 weeks, we recommend 3 sessions to gain optimal results. Since Kybella is great for smaller areas of fat, Coolsculpting may be a better option for you if you are looking for a reduction in the inner thighs, abdomen, arms, or flanks.
Kybella is a non-surgical injectable treatment that is specifically designed to reduce submental fat or double chin. It is made up of a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and helps to break down and absorb dietary fat.
Kybella is indicated for individuals with moderate to severe submental fat or double chin. It is not recommended for individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have an active infection or inflammation in the treatment area, or have a history of bleeding disorders.
Kybella works by destroying the fat cells that contribute to the appearance of a double chin. When injected into the submental fat, the synthetic deoxycholic acid disrupts the membrane of the fat cells, causing them to break down and be eliminated by the body’s natural metabolic processes.
Kybella is administered in a series of injections directly into the submental fat. The number of injections required depends on the size and severity of the double chin. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes per treatment area.
There is no downtime required after Kybella treatment, and patients can resume their normal activities immediately. However, some mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort at the injection site may occur, but these symptoms typically resolve within a few days to a week.
As with any medical treatment, Kybella does have risks and benefits. The benefits of Kybella include the reduction of submental fat, which can improve the appearance of the chin and neck. The risks of Kybella include bruising, swelling, discomfort, and the possibility of an allergic reaction to the deoxycholic acid. However, these risks are rare and can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced provider.