What is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment to reduce fat in the submental area, known as the area beneath your chin. Commonly known as a double chin, fat deposits in this area of your body are notoriously stubborn, and cannot be targeted through diet and exercise alone.
Kybella was approved by the FDA in 2015, and clinical trials show the treatment to be safe and effective. When surveyed, more than 82% of respondents reported being satisfied with the improved appearance after treatment.
How does Kybella work?
Kybella is formulated from synthetic deoxycholic acid. This molecule is found naturally in your body and works to break down fat cells in your food, allowing them to be absorbed and put to use in your body.
Researchers found that a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid works the same way when introduced by injection near deposits of fat in the body. Kybella destroys the structural integrity of targeted fat cells, allowing your body to absorb and eliminate them.
Once gone, those cells do not regenerate. Kybella creates permanent fat reduction in the area beneath your chin. It’s important to note, however, that the fat cells that remain can expand if you gain a significant amount of weight, so this treatment option is best suited for men and women who are at a healthy and stable weight.
What are the benefits of Kybella?
Kybella is a fast, safe and minimally-invasive procedure to reduce submental fat and restore definition to your chin, neck and jawline. It is a great alternative to more invasive surgical contouring procedures.
Kybella is administered via multiple injections, using a very thin sterile needle. These injections penetrate the layers of your skin but do not go deep into the next layer of tissue. The entire process takes less than 20 minutes.
Most women and men report feeling only a series of minor pinches during the injections. However, if you have especially sensitive skin a numbing cream can reduce discomfort during your treatment.
Most patients will see results 4-6 weeks after their Kybella treatment.
You may experience a mild to moderate burning sensation for a couple of hours after your treatment. Over-the-counter pain medications can help. There will also be some swelling in the area under your chin for several days, and some have more swelling than others.
Kybella has been proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials.
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