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What Is Kybella?

  • First and only FDA approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of fat under the chin (double chin).
  • 15-20 minute minimally invasive (nonsurgical) procedure in the office.
  • Requires customization to help achieve your treatment goals.
  • Destroys fat cells when injected into the fat beneath your chin.
  • Once the aesthetic goal is achieved, re-treatment is not expected.

Common side Effects with Kybella

  • Swelling.
  • Bruising.
  • Pain.
  • Numbness.
  • Redness.
  • Hardness in the treatment area.

How does Kybella work?

  • Active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
  • When injected into the fat beneath your chin, it causes the destruction of fat cells.  Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

How is Kybella administered?

  • Typically 15-20 minute procedure in the office.  The appointment slot could be longer for possible numbing procedures.
  • First agrid is made with boundaries drawn to avoid damage to vital structures.
  • Second dose planning is made with respect to the size/amount of fullness which needs to be addressed.
  • Typically 14-50 shots given with a needle which is the same as a very small Botox needle.
  • The dosing and number of shots is customized for each patient.

Are Kybella injections painful?

  • Most patients report a 4/10 pain scale experience with the first few minutes after injection of Kybella.  Then the pain level subsides rapidly.
  • Methods such as ice, pain reliever pills, numbing cream, numbing shots, ring blocks, tumescent lidocaine injections are possible methods to help keep the pain under control.
  • It seems with subsequent sessions the pain level seems to decrease. 

How many treatments are needed for Kybella?

  • Many patients treated with KYBELLA experience visible contouring of their chin profile in 2-4 treatments.  Some require 6 treatments.
  • Once your chin profile has improved, you may not need to be treated with KYBELLA again.

How far apart should each session be for Kybella?

  • Each session should be space out four-to-eight weeks apart.

Is there skin tightening with Kybella?

  • There is some skin tightening with KYBELLA which is associated with the inflammatory process after the procedure.

What’s the Kybella downtime?

  • For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session, usually 1-7 days.
  • Patients can wear a compressive neck band as much as they can for 1 week after the procedure.
  • The bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area might get in the way of some social plans and work commitments in the following week – especially the first two days after the procedure.
  • Downtime seems to decrease with the following treatments

Precautions regarding Kybella

    • The most common side effects of KYBELLA include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
    • KYBELLA can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.


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