Many people have unwanted fat in areas such as the neck and jawline, double chin, and bra area regardless of age and lifestyle. Diet and exercise can be effective, but these stubborn areas of fat just don’t budge for some patients. Kybella is currently the only FDA-approved injectable that works to eliminate these problem areas.
Kybella is a popular, non-surgical, injectable treatment that targets unwanted fat in small localized areas. Using deoxycholic acid, this FDA-cleared treatment eliminates fat cells without harming the skin or neighboring tissue, resulting in the permanent reduction of fat cells.
One treatment generally takes approximately 30-60 minutes, and there is minimal downtime.
Kybella is the best non-surgical fat reduction option for small pockets of fat such as the jowls, double chin (submental fullness), and bra area. Kybella is a fantastic solution for anyone who wants to eliminate fat with minimal downtime effectively. For larger areas of fat, we recommend CoolSculpting.
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid (DA). Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When it comes into contact with fat cells, Kybella destroys these cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not needed once you reach your desired goal.
The Kybella treatment consists of two parts -- consultation and the procedure. In some cases, we can do both in one appointment. Still, as there is generally a significant amount of swelling following Kybella injections, some patients prefer to schedule their treatment for a time when they can plan for a few days of recovery.
At your consultation appointment, we'll talk about your goals and discuss a treatment plan that will help us achieve your desired results. Some patients can achieve their goal with one treatment, and some will require two or three. At the end of your consultation, we'll schedule your treatment.
On the day of your Kybella treatment, we'll inject the treatment area multiple times according to the plan we made at your consultation. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have and your desired result. The procedure itself takes only 15-20 minutes, and then you will be able to go home with just a few simple instructions to minimize discomfort and swelling.
After your Kybella injections, you can expect substantial swelling for several days. The swelling will typically subside around 48 hours following your treatment, but mild bruising and tenderness are also an expected side effect.
Regardless of age and lifestyle, many people are still bothered by small areas of unwanted fat, particularly around the neck and chin. This can make you feel self-conscious and worry about looking older or heavier than you actually are. If you eat well and follow a healthy lifestyle but still worry about submental fullness and don’t want surgery, Kybella might be right for you. We would love to discuss your goals and formulate a treatment plan to help you live more confidently.
Most patients describe a deep burning or aching sensation for the first 5 minutes following the injections. But we provide ice to help until the temporary discomfort subsides, and we can also numb the area with lidocaine injections. Patients usually experience five days of swelling, tenderness, or mild bruising. Some patients report a tingling feeling, tenderness, or numbness after the first few days, but the symptoms always resolve.
YES! Kybella is a permanent fat-reduction treatment method that reduces the number of fat cells in the treatment area. After your treatment, your body will naturally excrete the dead fat cells, and you will notice results in 4-6 weeks.
We typically recommend 1-2 sessions per treatment area, spaced 6-8 weeks apart. Results are cumulative, so the number of sessions will depend on the patient’s desired results.
Liposuction is still considered the gold standard for fat reduction, but not every patient is ready to commit to the surgery and all it entails. Kybella is a wonderful, minimally-invasive treatment for patients who don’t want the downtime and possible scarring that comes with liposuction surgery.
CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis to freeze and kill fat cells, and in some cases, it can be used on the chin or neck. However, the applicator for CoolSculpting doesn’t always fit each patient well, so a consultation is the best way to determine whether Kybella or CoolSculpting is better for you. Additionally, Kybella can treat areas along the jawline, such as the jowls, which can't be treated with CoolSculpting.