Kybella® is an injection made up of deoxycholic acid and is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment which can contour and improve the appearance of submental fullness, more commonly referred to as a double chin. Patients will work with the doctor to design a treatment program which will be tailored to help patients improve their chin’s profile. During the treatment sessions, the doctor will inject Kybella® into the fat under the chin. There will be multiple injections made. When injected into the fat beneath a person’s chin, Kybella® terminates those fat cells. This means that they will not regenerate although new fat cells will develop if the patient gains weight in the future. After the physical result is achieved, administering the Kybella® injections again is typically not required. Many patients experience noticeable results within 2 to 4 treatments. Up to 6 treatment sessions can be performed and should be spaced no less than a month apart from each other.
Kybella is identical to a chemical found in the body called deoxycholic acid which helps to absorb fat. Kybella injections destroy the fat cells found under the chin. The treatment breaks down the fat cells which are then absorbed by the body and passed out of the body through normal waste elimination. Most patients have between 12-20 injections during each treatment.
Many patients notice a reduced appearance of a double chin or loose skin under the chin after the first or second visit, although it is recommended to have a series of treatments to see the full effects. Many patients feel that the treatments make them look younger and healthier. It is impossible to target weight loss to specific parts of the body and Kybella offers an alternative treatment to this hard to target area. Kybella is not meant for weight loss and is most effective on patients who have a healthy body weight but are troubled by a stubborn pocket of fat under their chin.
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