How Does Kybella® Work?

Kybella® uses deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring compound, to achieve its results. This acid specifically helps with the breakdown and metabolizing of dietary fat, which disrupts the fat cells around the jaw and in the double chin without harming surrounding healthy tissue. Your body’s metabolic system filters the damaged fat cells away naturally.

Kybella®’s non-invasive treatment process makes it a preferred choice for patients looking for fat reduction cosmetic enhancement without a lot of downtime, such as with liposuction.

In addition to minimizing the appearance of a double chin, Kybella® injections can be used to target excess fat around the jawline for a more contoured appearance. Kybella® is FDA-approved to treat fat cells within the submental tissue.

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Am I A Good Candidate? 

The best candidates for Kybella® are those with a double chin or undefined jawline who’ve tried diet and exercise but can’t seem to get the profile they desire. With realistic expectations, you can remove this unwanted fat for good. If this sounds like you, Levy Dermatology can help.

What Is Treatment Like? 

Kybella® is delivered to the submental tissue via multiple small injections, similar to how BOTOX® or dermal fillers are administered. Kybella® injection sessions take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Although fat cells are removed for good, patients must maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to uphold their results.

What Is Downtime And Recovery Like? 

Side effects are minimal; some patients report feeling slight bruising and burning at the injection site. This burning sensation can last for up to a week after treatment, as it’s a sign that the deoxycholic acid is working to remove fat cells. This discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication if necessary. Ice or warm compresses, and light massage may also help.

When Can I Expect Results?

Because it takes some time for the body to filter away the disrupted fat cells, Kybella® works over the course of 2-6 months, and the outcomes are long lasting with a healthy lifestyle. For patients who prefer not to broadcast their cosmetic enhancement, this is ideal. Your loved ones, friends, and colleagues don’t ever have to know. During your consultation with a Levy Dermatology expert, your facial profile and submental fat will be evaluated to determine how many sessions will achieve your desired results. Many patients will observe visible results from 2-4 treatment sessions (spaced 1 month apart). Call us for a consultation with a Levy Dermatology provider to determine if Kybella® is right for you!

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Memphis, TN 38119

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