Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin or submental fat. It is a great nonsurgical treatment option if you have a "double chin." Best news, the results are permanent.
The 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, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
The treatment is administered by the doctor. It is performed with very small needles so the pain is minimal. In addition, ice will be administered during the treatment to further alleviate any pain. The treatment takes around 30 minutes.
After the procedure, the patient can feel swelling and tenderness in this treated area. However, most are able to return to work. The results of the procedure are gradual over 6 weeks. Patients begin to see their jawline/chin region tighten. Most patients require 2-3 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart to obtain optimal results. The safety profile of Kybella is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness around the treatment area.
Kybella is a great procedure for both men and women looking to tighten the jawline, lose the double chin, and become more defined in the jawline region. There is no need for invasive surgery. Ask us today if you are a good candidate!
JUDY K. CHIANG, MD
MEDICAL AND COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY
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