Kybella Injections for Chin Fat: What You Need to Know

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  1. What is Kybella?

KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) is the first, and currently the only FDA-approved non-invasive treatment that helps contour and eliminate the double-chin area by disrupting the fat cells that collect under the chin.

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  1. Does it hurt?

This treatment is safe and effective.  Kybella is administered through very tiny needle injections (same size as botox injections).  There may be some burning sensation that occurs for about 10-15minutes after injection. This does subside, but like with any injectable there are common side effects such as swelling, bruising, redness, numbness, and slight pain.


  1. How many sessions does it take to see results?

The amount of sessions for treatment depends on the amount of fat that is in the area that is to be treated. Most patients will require a minimum of 3 treatments and a patient with a larger treatment are will require anywhere between 4-5 treatment sessions spaced 6-8 weeks apart.


  1. Who’s a good candidate?

People who feel their jawline and neck area is saggy as a result of under chin fat, or those who see a double chin on front view or profile.  This is a great procedure for patients that have the desire to have that area of the double chin fat eliminated without surgery or liposuction.  Ideal patients are of normal body weight and not had surgery to the area.


  1. Is there any downtime?

There is about 3-5 days of redness and swelling.  Some patients may consider having the treatment on Thursday or Friday to be optimized for going back to work on Monday.


  1. Where does the fat go?

When Kybella is injected into the fat beneath the chin it eliminates the fat cells in that area. Once those cells have been destroyed they cannot store or accumulate fat and they are processed through your body’s metabolic system.


  1. Does it help with saggy, jowly, or droopy neck and jawline skin?

During the clinical trials on Kybella it was discovered that the treatment did induce new collagen production which in some candidates gave significant skin tightening.  If a lot of neck skin laxity is present, you may consider pairing this treatment with radiofrequency tightening for even treatment of jawline and neck bands with Botox or Dysport.


Contact us today for an evaluation if you are interested in the procedure!


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