The first injectable substance that the FDA has approved to treat submental fat, Kybella is designed to dissolve stubborn under-the-chin fat. Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a fat-absorbing substance found in our bodies naturally. When injected, it destroys fat cells under the chin, leaving the skin substantially tighter and the jaw more contoured.
More than 20 studies, with thousands of patients, have showed that almost 70% noted both physical and emotional improvement after treatment. For best results, patients should commit to about two to six treatments, spaced a month apart. Side effects are bruising, swelling and temporary numbness.
It disrupts the fat cells,” said Dr. Derek Jones, who gave Kythera’s presentation to the FDA.“ When it disappears, it disappears permanently.”
The ideal candidate for Kybella is a person with excess neck fat under the chin, who wants to avoid surgery such as liposuction. This ideal candidate also realizes that Kybella treatment requires more time commitment before seeing results.
What can I expect?
Before starting treatment, your healthcare specialist will examine the area under and around your chin to determine if KYBELLA® is right for you. Then, your specialist will tailor your treatment to the amount of fat under the chin and your aesthetic goals.
Treatment can only be administered by a KYBELLA®-trained healthcare specialist. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
How long does it last?
Kybella results are noticeable at four to six weeks and last for years, which means that touch-ups shouldn’t be needed. As for side effects, expect swelling and bruising that start to fade within three days of treatment.