KYBELLA® is the first and only FDA approved injectable drug (deoxycholic acid) that contours and improves the appearance of a double chin.
How Does Kybella Work?
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. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells, gradually over the span of several weeks. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Kybella is not recommended for individuals who have had or are planning to have facial surgery, have trouble swallowing, have an infection or a medical condition in or near the planned injection site. It is also advised for women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding to post-pone treatment
What is a Kybella procedure like?
We recommend for our patients to avoid drinking alcohol or taking any pain killers at least 48 hours before treatment, as these factors could increase bruising.
During the procedure, a numbing agent may be applied beneath the chin to ensure a more comfortable procedure. The targeted areas are then marked, and multiple small injections are made under the chin, usually ranging from 20 to 30, depending on the individuals desired profile. The deoxycholic acid will then gradually begin to destroy the fat cells. The procedure is quick, typically lasting an average of 15 to 20 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
At Ari Blanc Med Spa, we recommend for our patients to receive multiple treatments, if needed, in order to reach optimum results. Each treatment session will be scheduled at least a month apart to allow for full healing. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions.
How long will the results last?
When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with KYBELLA® is not expected.
What are the benefits to Kybella?
As a nonsurgical procedure, Kybella offers many benefits, those of which include an improved shape and contour of the jawline, minimal downtime, little risk and a quick procedure typically lasting 20 to 30 minutes.
What are the side effects?
Although some side effects are normal after treatment, they are temporary and should subside on their own within 1-2 weeks. These side effects may include hardening in the area of treatment, pain, numbness or bruising. Swelling may also be present post-treatment, as the swelling is an indication of the active medication breaking down the fat cells.