Kybella? What is it?
KYBELLA® is an FDA approved treatment specifically designed to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat located below the chin (submental fat), often referred to as the “double chin.” (see before and after results below).
KYBELLA® is a liquid that is injected through a very tiny needle into targeted areas underneath the chin. The liquid immediately disrupts fat cells and then the body removes the fat cells over the course of days to a few weeks. The fat cells do not return.
The concept for KYBELLA® came from research into bile. Yes, bile, which is the liquid produced in your gallbladder to breakdown dietary fats that you consume. Using these concepts researchers designed and produced a purified form called KYBELLA®.
The treatment is quick and effective in the majority of patients, with swelling resolving from the treatment in 5 to 7 days in the majority of patients. Most patients will require 2 to 4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. KYBELLA® comes in vials and the number of vials a patients needs is different for each patient. The number of vials depends on the amount and size of the double chin. Most patients will require 2-4 vials per treatment, with less vials needed in subsequent treatments (in most patients) because of the reduction of fat from the previous treatments.
Unfortunately, KYBELLA® can not be used in other areas of the neck (or face or body). Additionally, KYBELLA® does not improve neck bands/cords (which are muscles), tighten skin, or correct neck fullness caused by other issues (large glands) and other asymmetries. Consequently. an in-office examination is required to see if KYBELLA® is a treatment option for you.