Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection
What is Kybella?
Do you see a double chin when you look in the mirror these days? Dr. Bauman and staff can help diminish your double chin with a product that has been approved by the FDA for sumental fullness.
Kybella is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (sumental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if Kybella is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
Kybella is made up of a substance called deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When Kybella is injected beneath your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Is Kybella right for me?
Kybella may be right for you if you are bothered by submental fullness, if surgery is not an option for you, if you feel the condition makes you look older and heavier than you actually are and if you eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away.
How is Kybella administered?
Kybella is typically given in a 15-to 20-minutes in-office treatment session. Your provider will give you a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session. You and your provider will customize your Kybella treatment based on the amount of submental fullness you have and your treatment goals. Together, you will decide the treatment plan that is right for you.
How many treatments do I need?
Once it has been injected, the substance works to destroy the underlying fat cells. Most patient’s may need 2-4 treatments possibly 6 with 2-3 syringes per treatment. Treatments are spaced one month apart. It is best to have a consultation prior to booking.
Is there downtime?
For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session. When scheduling your treatments, keep your social plans and work commitment in mind.
What are the possible side effects of Kybella?
Kybella can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. These are not all of the possible side effects of Kybella. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
What are the most common side effects of Kybella?
Swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. These are not all of the side effects of Kybella. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
In clinical trials, the incidence and severity of most side effects decreased with the subsequent Kybella treatments.
Prior to administering Kybella, your doctor may apply ice/cold packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable. He or she may also suggest you take an over the counter pain reliever before your appointment.
After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes, as needed.