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."
Are you bothered by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness?
Do you feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are?
Do you eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away?
You don't want surgery.
Submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin can impact a broad range of both male and female adults. Some possible causes are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most common treatment area side effects include:
Areas of hardness
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).
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®).
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?