What is Kybella®?
Kybella® is an FDA-approved, minimally-invasive injectable used to treat the appearance of a double chin. It uses a synthetic version of a naturally occurring molecule, called deoxycholic acid, to break down and melt away fat – essentially ridding you of the fat cells entirely. Once the fat cells have been killed off, they can no longer store or accumulate fat.
Treatment should only be administered by a Kybella®-trained specialist because precision is crucial for choosing the injection sites. The average patient receives 20 or more small injections under their chin per treatment over the course of 15-20 minutes.
Kybella® may be right for you if:
- You are self-conscious, embarrassed, or unhappy with your double chin.
- You feel like your double chin makes you look older or heavier than you are.
- You don’t want to have surgery.
- You eat well and exercise, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
If you’re looking to rid yourself of your double chin with a non-invasive procedure, Kybella® is most likely right for you.
What Downtime Can I Expect?
For most patients, the recovery process for Kybella® is minimal. Immediately following the procedure, you may experience soreness in the injection area for up to two hours. Swelling, or puffiness, is also common around the injection site. Subsequent treatments experience a reduction in recovery time.
The most common side effects are minimal and short-lived but can include:
- Areas of hardness
- Slight bruising and burning at the injection site
A slight burning sensation lasting for up to a week is normal as the deoxycholic acid works to remove fat cells.