KYBELLA® is an injection that helps to reduce the amount of fat beneath the chin. This layer of fat is known as submental fat or as a double chin. This injection can be used in an effective manner to improve the profile of an adult’s jawline.
Kybella is actually created from a naturally occurring substance in the body called, deoxycholic acid, which is a molecule that breaks down fat and absorbs dietary fat. Kybella is a concentrated dose of this fat fighting substance that attacks fat cells until they are destroyed, making weight gain in that specific area much more difficult.
How Kybella® Works
Kybella is given with a series of injections, in a grid-like pattern. This ensures the liquid is spread evenly and addressing the entirety of the treatment area. The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal. Final results of the treatment will not be seen until 4 weeks after the final treatment.
Before & After
Frequently Asked Questions
Just about anyone who struggles with stubborn fat under the chin is a good candidate for Kybella.
Kybella has received FDA approval for the submental fat region (under the chin), but can in certain cases be used to treat other areas, such as knees, back fat and similar areas.
The actual Kybella injections are not very painful, however, there is a noticeable burning that happens for about five to ten minutes after the injections. Derma Health works hard to keep you comfortable during the entire process, providing numbing cream prior to the injections and offering ice packs immediately after the injection.
The injection process does not take more than one or two minutes, however, this treatment does take extra time due to the numbing time and the time needed to outline and grid the injection sites. You should allow at least an hour for this appointment.
One of the best things about Kybella is that the results are permanent! Once fat cells are killed, they cannot grow back. Regaining weight in that area is much difficult, but it is possible if a lot of weight is gained after the treatment as fat cells from other areas expand.
Everyone is different, so depending on the goals you are trying to attain, the number of treatments will vary. Many clients need between 2-4 treatments for optimal result, but some may need as many as 6 Kybella treatments.
Prior to your treatment appointment you will need to remove all makeup or the provider can do it for you. The skin is then prepped with an antiseptic topically to prevent the introduction of bacteria during the injections.
Immediately after the injections, you will feel a burning sensation that will dissipate after a few minutes. You will want to keep applying cooling packs to the area to help with swelling. You will definitely swell and possibly bruise, depending on how you respond. Swelling may last for days, so do not get this treatment before an event! You may also experience numbness, redness and areas of hardening post treatment. This is all normal and part of the fat elimination process!
Your provider will review your full medical history with you to determine any potential contraindications to the recommended treatment. The key rules outs are:
Severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis
History or presence of multiple severe allergies
History of allergies to lidocaine or Gram-positive bacterial proteins
Tell your specialist if you have a history of cold sores (oral herpes virus) as you may require treatment to prevent a breakout.
Side effects are rare, and most are mild or moderate in nature, with a short duration. Some reports of facial muscle weakness and trouble swallowing have occurred be resolved without intervention in a few days.