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What is Kybella?

Kybella is an FDA-approved cosmetic injectable designed to reduce excess fat under the chin. Kybella contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the submental area, Kybella targets and destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in the appearance of the double chin.

Benefits of Kybella Treatment
  • Non-Surgical Solution: Kybella provides a non-surgical alternative to address submental fullness, as an alternative to surgical procedures such as liposuction or neck lift.
  • Improved Facial Profile: By reducing the prominence of the double chin, Kybella can help enhance facial contours and improve overall facial harmony.
  • Customized Treatment: The number of Kybella treatment sessions and the amount of product used are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and desired outcomes.
  • Long-lasting Results: Once the targeted fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer accumulate or store fat, leading to long-lasting results.
The Kybella Procedure
  • Consultation: During your initial consultation, a qualified dermatologist will evaluate your submental area, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine if Kybella is suitable for you.
  • Treatment Planning: The dermatologist will develop a customized treatment plan based on the amount of submental fat and your desired outcomes.
  • Injection Process: Kybella is administered through a series of small injections in a methodical grid-like pattern beneath the chin. The procedure is typically well-tolerated, and discomfort is minimal.
  • Recovery and Downtime: Most individuals can resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment. Patients should expect a week or two of substantial swelling. Less frequently, bruising, numbness, or more prolonged swelling in the treatment area may occur.
Safety Considerations
  • Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment that has undergone extensive clinical trials to ensure its safety and efficacy.
  • Potential Side Effects: Common side effects of Kybella include temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, or mild discomfort at the injection sites. These effects typically resolve on their own within a few days to weeks.
  • Rare Risks: While rare, potential risks include nerve injury, difficulty swallowing, or an uneven smile. Choosing a qualified dermatologist experienced in Kybella administration minimizes these risks.
  • Contraindications: Kybella may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Expected Results and Maintenance
  • Results: The reduction in submental fullness becomes gradually noticeable over a period of weeks to months as the body naturally eliminates the targeted fat cells.
  • Number of Sessions: Most individuals require a series of two to four Kybella treatment sessions spaced eight weeks apart to achieve optimal results.
  • Long-lasting Effects: Once the desired results are achieved, further maintenance sessions are generally not needed, as the treated fat cells are permanently destroyed.

Kybella offers a safe and effective non-surgical solution for individuals looking to reduce submental fullness and achieve a more defined facial profile. If you’re considering Kybella treatment, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our highly skilled board-certified medical providers to determine if this treatment is right for you.