What is Kybella?
Kybella injections dissolve fat cells to reduce small areas of excess fat. A synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring enzyme, Kybella is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for double chin treatment, but many doctors also use it “off-label” to treat other small pockets of fat.
Each treatment session requires multiple injections in each area, and some people need up to six treatments to get the results they want. Because of this, Kybella isn’t the fat-reduction treatment of choice for larger areas like thighs, where liposuction can deliver more dramatic body contouring results in a single procedure.
If you choose Kybella to treat a double chin, your outcome will depend on your unique anatomy and the amount of fat present in the area. It could work really well for you, but your best friend might need more treatments than you do to get the same face-slimming results.
Kybella is given with a series of small, quick injections. Depending on how much fullness you have and the number of vials you’ll need, you may get anywhere from 20 to 50 injections. This can take up to an hour, though most appointments last just 15–25 minutes. You won’t need anesthesia, but we may apply a numbing cream on the area 15 minutes before injecting. Patients will have mild to moderate swelling for up to a week after treatment. A small percentage of patients experience severe swelling (commonly called “bullfrog neck”) for up to a month after their treatment. Younger patients typically see better results than older people, who may have droopy excess skin once the fat is removed.
Is Kybella safe?
The FDA found no long-term side effects of using Kybella for double chin removal, so it is considered safe.
Once you’ve achieved your desired results, you shouldn’t need more treatments unless you gain weight. Once the fat cells are gone, they’re gone, though remaining fat cells can expand—and it is possible for adults without a healthy diet and exercise regimen to develop new fat cells.
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