Kybella

Kybella double chin treatment from The Center for Facial Cosmetics

What is Kybella used to treat?

Kybella is used to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin (“double chin”) by destroying fat cells. It is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment for this purpose.

What occurs during the treatment?

Kybella consists of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. During treatment, this substance is injected into the chin to destroy existing fat cells, restoring a full look to the chin. Treatments are tailored to meet each patient and vary depending on the amount of fat under the chin and their desired appearance. This will also affect the number of sessions required to meet your goal; if multiple treatments are necessary, they will be spaced at least one month apart. Patients should not receive more than six treatments.

What care is required before Kybella?

Do not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours before treatment, and avoid blood-thinning medications as well. You should also avoid Vitamin A compounds or exfoliating compounds. Men should shave the treatment area one day before their appointment. Do not use lotions, makeup, creams, or other substances in the treatment area before the appointment.

What care is required after this treatment?

Avoid strenuous physical activity, alcoholic beverages, and the consumption of alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after a Kybella treatment. Do not pick at any scabs or dry skin that form on the chin, since doing so will increase the possibility of scarring. Sleeping on your back with your head elevated can reduce the possibility of swelling. While facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and wrinkle fillers can be completed prior to a Kybella treatment, you should avoid these treatments for at least two weeks after a Kybella treatment. Since fat cells can no longer store or accumulate fat once they are destroyed, further treatment is not necessary once you have achieved your desired aesthetic appearance.

How long is the recovery time?

Patients are able to resume normal activity immediately after a Kybella treatment. However, it may take multiple injections and several days before you notice the results. Mild side effects associated with a Kybella treatment include swelling, numbness, redness, or hardness in the injection area.

Are there any risks associated with tKybella?

More serious side effects of Kybella include tissue damage, open sores, hair loss, or bruising around the injection site. The treatment can also result in nerve injury or trouble swallowing. Kybella is not recommended for patients who have an infection in the area of their chin. It should also not be combined with other cosmetic treatments or surgeries on the face or used by patients who have trouble swallowing, have bleeding problems, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Kybella has currently not been approved for use in destroying fat cells outside the chin region or in children under the age of 18.