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Kybella – Chin Contouring

What is Kybella?

KYBELLA ® is a prescription medicine (deoxycholic acid) and is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat or fullness), also called “double chin.” Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA ® destroys fat cells, and once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. This results in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin, revealing an improved chin profile.



How Many Treatment Will I Need?

A tailored treatment plan will be created based on your chin profile. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin (approximately 20 injections). You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced approximately 6 weeks apart. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatments. 59% of patients received 6 treatments in clinical studies. In reality, most patients require 2-3 treatments to obtain the results they desire.

How Long Does Kybella Last?

When injected into fat under the chin, KYBELLA ® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Therefore, after reaching your desired aesthetic endpoint, further treatment is not expected. Kybella is considered a life-long treatment.

Does Kybella Have Side Effects?

KYBELLA ® can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can temporarily cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. In clinical studies, nerve injury in the jaw resolved on its own in a median of 44 days (range of 1 to 298 days), and trouble swallowing resolved on its own in a median of 3 days (range of 1 to 81 days).

The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. These are not all of the possible side effects of this medication.

Is Kybella Right For You?

Kybella may be right for you if:

  • You’re bothered (unhappy, self-conscious, embarrassed) by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness or a “double chin”
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
  • You don’t want to have surgery
  • You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away