KYBELLA is an injectable treatment that is FDA-approved for the non-surgical reduction of excess fat accumulated beneath the chin (submental fat), which is most commonly referred to as a “double chin.” To treat the appearance of a double chin, KYBELLA is delivered in a strategic series of small injections throughout the targeted area. The active, naturally-occurring ingredient in KYBELLA, deoxycholic acid, breaks down fat cells it comes in contact with, eliminating them from the area permanently. As fat cells are metabolized by the body during this process, the volume of treated fat pockets will diminish and the area should appear smoother and tighter over time. Repeated treatments with KYBELLA may be necessary to achieve the desired end result. At least two treatment sessions are typically recommended.
What to expect during Kybella treatment
Treatment with KYBELLA is considered minimally invasive and often results in very little downtime. During the procedure, the treatment area is numbed with a topical anesthetic to reduce any pain associated with the injections. Injections are placed according to a planned diagram marked on the skin, and the entire treatment can take about 30 minutes. Once the injections have been administered, ice is applied to the area to reduce swelling and redness. Mild swelling and bruising will be present in the treatment areas, however, this should dissipate in the days following the procedure. The full results of KYBELLA treatment are typically seen within 3 to 4 months.