Submental fullness under the chin (often referred to as a double chin) is a common issue that bothers nearly 68% of adults in the U.S. according to a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. A double chin often disrupts facial symmetry and results in an unwanted older and heavier look.
Submental fullness affects men and women of all ages and is caused by a variety of issues including weight gain, genetics, and natural aging. It is not limited to individuals who are overweight. Unfortunately, double chins are often extremely resistant to diet and exercise.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is developed through a synthetic formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into targeted fat pockets under the chin, Kybella causes the rapid destruction and absorption of fat cells while also preventing future fat accumulation. After treatment, the fat that is cleared from the area is processed by the body’s natural metabolic process. Kybella only targets fat cells; all other cells and tissue remain unaffected.
Kybella is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. It is geared toward people looking for an improved chin profile.
How is a Kybella treatment performed?
Kybella is administered to the fat under the chin through a series of injections. Because each person is unique, a custom treatment plan is tailored for each individual patient.
The procedure is non-invasive with minimal downtime or recovery required. Most treatments last between 15 and 20 minutes. Lidocain (a topical numbing anesthetic) can be used to minimize discomfort.
Are multiple treatments required?
Depending on each patient characteristics and goals multiple treatments may be necessary. Most patients experience visible results within two to four treatment sessions. Treatment sessions are spaced about a month apart.
How long does Kybella last?
Once the aesthetic response is achieved no further treatments will be required unless submental fullness redevelops.
Who is a good candidate for a Kybella treatment?
Kybella is limited to the treatment of fat under the chin. It does not treat excess or loose skin, nor can it treat fat in other areas of the neck or face. However, there are other treatment options for these issues, such as neck lift or liposuction surgery.
Important Safety Information
Approved Use and Important Safety InformationWhat is KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection 10 mg/mL ? KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area or in children less than 18 years of age. Who should not receive KYBELLA®? You should not receive KYBELLA® if you have an infection in the treatment area. Before receiving KYBELLA®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA® will harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA®). Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine). What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA®? KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness), or trouble swallowing. The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. Please see KYBELLA® full Prescribing Information.