What is KYBELLA?
KYBELLA is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, also called “double chin”, by destroying fat cells in the treatment area.
KYBELLA may be right for you if:
· You’re bothered (unhappy, self-conscious, embarrassed) by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness
· You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
· You don’t want to have surgery
· You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away
How KYBELLA works
The active ingredient in KYBELLA is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
How is KYBELLA administered?
Treatment can only be administered by a KYBELLA -trained healthcare specialist. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
How many KYBELLA treatment sessions will I need?
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Everyone has a different amount and distribution of submental fat and personal treatment goals. However, on average 4-6 treatments are required. Each KYBELLA treatment session is given at least 1 month apart.
Will I need time to recover?
After KYBELLA treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin.
What are the possible side effects?
KYBELLA can cause serious side effects, including
Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness)
Injection site problems including: bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site. Call your healthcare provider if you develop open sores or drainage from the treatment area
The most common side effects of KYBELLA include:
Swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
What should I tell my doctor before treatment?
Before receiving KYBELLA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin
Have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin
Have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area
Have had or have trouble swallowing
Have bleeding problems
Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA will harm your unborn baby)
Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA passes into your breast milk)
Are taking any medications, especially blood thinners