What is Kybella®?
KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.”
What areas can be treated with Kybella®?
Kybella® is used to treat areas of stubborn fat below the chin, double chin. Using Kybella® for the treatment of fat outside the submental area is not approved or recommended.
Are there any off-label uses for Kybella®? If so, are they safe?
It is not recommended to use Kybella® in other areas such as love handles, waist line or fat on the abdomen considering the liability risk it carries if someone has an adverse reaction to the treatment.
Kybella® vs. liposuction for double chin? Which would you recommend and what is the difference?
The biggest draw to Kybella® is that it is a series of minor injections with no downtime vs going under the knife which is a more aggressive approach, will require downtime and is more expensive.
What is recovery like for Kybella® injections?
Other than some mild swelling, there is no downtime and you can resume daily activities.
How long do results from Kybella® injections last?
When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA causes the destruction of fat cells permanently. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with KYBELLA is not expected.
What do I do if I gain weight after using Kybella®?
Kybella® permanently reduces the number of fat cells, therefore, if you gain weight, you may gain it in the treated area. However, it’s not likely that you would gain as much if you hadn’t had Kybella® treatments.
Are Kybella® injections painful?
The area is numbed or iced prior to your treatment so you should not feel the needle at the injection site. You will experience mild pain within the first couple hours after treatment, but is tolerable for most. Within the first 24 hours there will be some swelling in the injected area but should subside within 48 hours.
How long is a Kybella® treatment?
Expect the treatment to take about 30 minutes including your numbing time. The actual injections only take a few minutes.
How many Kybella® treatments do I need to see results?
The number of treatments depends on the amount of correction desired. The average series of injections are 1 to 3 treatments with 1 to 2 vials per treatment. You will want to space out at least 6 weeks between injections.