Kybella™ is an injectable treatment for submental fullness (double chin) that can significantly improve chin contouring without the invasiveness and downtime of surgery. Kybella™ has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the reduction of submental fat.
How does Kybella™ work?
Kybella™ is a synthetic formulation of deoxycholic acid, a substance found naturally occurring in the body, which is synthesized and then used to break down and absorb dietary fat. Kybella™ has been under development for more than 9 years, and has been the subject of over 20 clinical studies involving more than 2,600 patients. When properly injected in the submental area, it has been shown to dissolve fat that causes a double chin. The result is a more streamlined neck and improved contour along the jaw line.
What causes submental fat (double chin)?
The major factors seem to be genetics, natural aging or weight gain. Having a double chin can cause you to look older and heavier. According to a 2014 survey, approximately 70% of people have reported being bothered by submental fullness.
What other options exist to reduce submental fat?
Prior to the introduction of Kybella™ the only effective options to treat submental fat were surgical. Today Kybella, Coolsculpting, and radio frequency skin tightening are noninvasive options for the removal of submental fat.
Are the results of Kybella™ long lasting?
The short answer is yes. Because this is a recently introduced treatment, there are not yet enough patients who have received Kybella™ injections to completely substantiate that claim. However, the clinical findings of the FDA studies indicate that the results are long lasting if there are no significant lifestyle changes.
What if there is subsequent weight gain following Kybella™ injections?
Patients in the clinical studies who experienced weight gain after their treatment did not see the return of their submental fullness. However, we will have a better understanding about the impact of subsequent weight gain in the future when data becomes available from a broader range of patients who receive treatment with Kybella™.
How many treatments does it take?
Kybella™ is administered by injections into the fat under the chin through a series of treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The treatment plan is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient. The total number of treatments can vary based on a myriad of factors, patients may need 2 to 6 treatments to achieve their desired results. One of our Nurse Practitoners will determine the best regime during your consultation based on your age, anatomy, physiology and goals.
How quickly will I see results from Kybella™?
Everybody’s body is different, the fat is dissolved within 10-15 minutes of injection, however your body has an inflammatory response to the injection, causing swelling, and this can take 3-4 weeks to subside. Typically results will appear within 4-6 weeks, and will continue to improve as additional treatments are administered.
How long does a Kybella™ treatment take?
Kybella™ is an injectable treatment and requires a relatively short office visit with one of our Nurse Practitioners that should take about 20-30 minutes.
Is there any downtime?
There can be some bruising and swelling following Kybella™ treatments, similar to other injectables, and can last up to a week. The bruising can be easily covered with make-up as soon as the next day. The swelling at the injection site typically last 2 weeks, with a reduction in swelling occurring after days 4-7.
Does Kybella™ really work?
Kybella™’s FDA approval was based on two double-blind clinical trials involving over a thousand patients with moderate to severe submental fat. Patients that received Kybella™ saw a noticeable reduction of submental fat when compared to patients that received the placebo.
Are there any contraindications?
Kybella™ may not be appropriate for everyone. Patients who have undergone previous plastic surgery procedures of the neck, chin and jawline must be evaluated on an individual basis. Patients who have difficulty swallowing, bleeding problems or medical conditions that might affect the face and neck may not be good candidates for Kybella™.