Fullness or the presence of fat under the jawline, chin, and neck area that can appear as a “double chin” is one of the most common areas of concern that develops over time. Kybella is in late phase clinical studies with the FDA, and is poised to become the first non-surgical method decrease jawline, chin, and neck fullness. This procedure is administered through a series of simple injections spaced about one month apart. Kybella utilizes a naturally found compound called deoxycholic acid to break down fat cells. The result is not only a loss of fat cells in the area but induction of collagen that causes skin tightening around the chin and jawline.
Kybella is the first-in-class FDA-Approved injectable jawline contouring agent to reduce what is referred to as submental fat, which commonly presents as a double chin.
Kybella is injected into the fat under the chin with a very thin needle in a series of treatments spaced about 1 month apart. The treatment is simple, comfortable, requiring no numbing or sedation, and completed in minutes. In clinical trials, 4-6 sessions were used for moderate to severe “double chins”, and fat reduction in treated areas occurred gradually over weeks to months.
Treatment with Kybella is done through a thin-needle injection similar to Botox and is typically without significant discomfort. At The Derm Institute, to maximize patient comfort, topical numbing or icing can be done in the area prior to treatment. Temporary burning, redness, pain, or swelling can occur for 3-4 days.
The targeted destruction of fat by Kybella induces a natural healing response that may result in new collagen formation or neocollagenesis in the treated area. This often results in tightening or retraction of the skin for a more sculpted and defined jawline.
FDA-Approval of Kybella is only for the jawline, or submental area, which is typically what causes the look of a “double chin”. However, expert injectors such as Dr. Chiu will likely use this product in other focused areas for fat elimination, such as the jowls, arms, or possibly even the knees.
Treatment with Kybella is non-surgical. It is meant for the reduction of excess fat under the jawline. If there is significant skin laxity in an individual, it is likely surgical or other skin tightening procedures such as radiofrequency tightening will produce either complimentary or more dramatic results. However, unlike surgery, Kybella will be considered a non-invasive procedure, with minimal downtime.