Kybella is the newest option for non-surgical reduction of fat under the chin, sometimes called a “double chin.” Fat can accumulate under the chin for many reasons, including genetics or weight gain, and can create the appearance of being overweight, despite an otherwise healthy profile. It can be nearly impossible to remove with diet and exercise, but Kybella can effectively reduce fat with long-term results.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which is a substance produced by the liver to aid in the digestion of fat. Very small amounts can be injected through a very fine needle into the fat below the chin. Over several weeks, the fat “melts away’” and is removed by the body over the normal metabolic pathways. Kybella can be a quick and easy alternative to surgical options that can require downtime and an involved healing process.
Who is a candidate for Kybella?
The best way to determine the best treatment plan for you is through a consultation with Dr. Salzman and our expert aesthetic staff. You should be sure and discuss any allergies you may have, as well as your comfort level with injections. It’s not known whether Kybella is safe for women who are pregnant or nursing, so be sure and discuss your plans with Dr. Salzman.
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What happens during a treatment session?
After the treatment area is cleansed, the injections are administered in a grid pattern beneath the chin to ensure that the substance is evenly distributed. Your comfort is our highest priority, so we’ll make sure you’re relaxed during the procedure. Our expert injectors can give you great, effective results with a quick and easy procedure that you can fit into your busy schedule.
What is the recovery like?
Usually, 1-2 vials are injected in any one session. Most patients will require at least 2-3 sessions, 6 weeks apart to completely reduce a double chin. Common reactions to Kybella injection are some swelling and soreness that can last a few weeks. Bruising, if present, lasts about a week. You can return to your regular activities immediately.
Kybella is a great choice for patients wanting to reduce chin fat without surgery. For more information about Kybella and other injectables, visit our injectables home page. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salzman and discuss your options with Kybella.