Kybella Q & A
What is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA approved injection that targets subcutaneous fat. It is designed to eliminate “double chin” The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule within the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When this is injected in the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells. The results are a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once the fat is destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired look.
What can I expect before, during, and after Kybella?
It is important to plan the Kybella treatment with your healthcare provider and make sure you are the right candidate for the procedure. You should go over your medical history, as well as any cosmetic procedures that you’ve had done on your face, neck, or chin. You should also tell your healthcare provider about any trouble swallowing or bleeding problems.
Since this is not a surgical procedure, there is little preparation required to get Kybella. We do recommend scheduling the procedure well before any major events you may have. Washing your face properly before the appointment can help reduce the risk of infection, and avoiding ibuprofen and acetaminophen can prevent post-treatment bruising.
Your healthcare provider should design a Kybella treatment plan according to your specific needs. A lot of people do require more than one treatment to reach their desired aesthetic goals with Kybella.
Before the procedure, your healthcare provider will mark the injection sites with a marker and may administer a topical numbing agent or ice pack to ease any pain or discomfort. You will then receive the Kybella injections to the areas marked.
Once Kybella destroys the fat cells in the submental area, you can expect lasting results and without expected further treatments. This is because the fat cells can no longer store fat in that area.
When can I expect to see results?
Once injected, Kybella starts to kill the fat cells. Over the course of the next couple weeks, these cells will be metabolized and you will start to see the results of Kybella.
*Individual results may vary.