Kybella®

Overview

Double chins. Sometimes, they’re inevitable and no matter what we do, they just don’t seem to go away. But it isn’t as complicated as you think. Kybella can help fix it.

While double chins aren’t serious medical conditions, they are visible cosmetic imperfections that many people wish would simply disappear. Many people are bothered by the appearance of double chins in photos--especially those taken from a profile perspective.

Kybella® injections mimic the body’s natural fat-absorption process, so you can skip the liposuction. Kybella® is a man-made form of deoxycholic acid (a naturally occurring material that helps the body absorb fat) that destroys the fat cells contributing to double chins. So in no time, your double chin will be a thing of the past.

Because getting rid of double chins should be just as easy as getting them!

What Is Kybella®?

Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable to improve the appearance of fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells.

Kybella® is a new injectable treatment that melts away the excess fat that causes double chins. The substance is a man-made form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring material that helps the body absorb fat. Double chins can be a pesky problem area, but with Kybella® you can destroy the fat cells contributing to this unflattering phenomenon.

If you’ve tried every diet and exercise plan imaginable but still struggle with unwanted neck and chin fat, you aren’t alone. Many people who eat healthy and have no problem toning their arms, legs and abs still find it difficult to eradicate the fat around their submental area. This low hanging, fleshy region is often referred to as a “double chin.”

With Kybella®, you can eliminate the need for liposuction or other invasive fat-elimination techniques. Through a series of injections, Kybella® mimics the body’s natural fat-absorption process and leaves you with a sleek and slim chin area that’s picture perfect.

Benefits of Kybella®

Kybella® is FDA-approved
No anesthesia or surgery required
Fat cells are destroyed for good
Fast and efficient treatments

How Does It Work?

Formerly known as ATX-101, Kybella® is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring molecule deoxycholic acid, which is produced by the human body in our own intestines for the break down and absorption of dietary fats. This breakthrough treatment has been the focus of a global program involving over 20 clinical studies involving over 2,600 patients.

When Kybella is injected into the subcutaneous (beneath the skin) fat of the submental (under the neck) region, the membranes of the targeted fat cells are destroyed. Once destroyed, the cells are no longer able to store fat. The destruction of these cells is then followed by the body’s natural elimination and healing process. This process is slow but steady, and the fat cells are typically removed from the area within 4 to six weeks after receiving injections.

Treatment

Before
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to the procedure. All issues and concerns will be discussed at this time as well as discussing treatment goals and finalizing a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

The areas that will be treated are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to determine the amount of improvement after the procedure.
Procedure
No anesthesia is required. However, your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Your doctor will administer a few injections of Kybella® directly into the submental fat

Approximately 30 minutes for the entire treatment.
Recovery
No downtime is needed – you’re ready to get on with your day!

Your physician will give you specific aftercare instructions. Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.

Results may vary by client. Additional treatments may be necessary to get desired response.

Before & Afters

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Adra on Kybella

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Frequent Asked Questions

Which area of the body can be treated using Kybella®
Currently, Kybella® has only been approved for use on double chins. Because Kybella has been shown to be most effective on small sections of fat, it’s not a viable option for treating issues like love handles or muffin tops, though the FDA is researching its potential benefits for these areas.
How long do results from Kybella® last
Once Kybella® destroys fat cells, they’re gone forever, which means the results from the injections are permanent. In the clinical trials used by the FDA, even patients who experienced weight gain after receiving Kybella® didn’t see the return of their double chins. Still, you should always strive to maintain a healthy weight to maximize the results.
What are the side effects of Kybella®
The most common side effects include swelling, bruising and discomfort following the procedure. Serious side effects are quite rare, but may include nerve injuries in the jaw that may cause facial weakness, as well as trouble swallowing. In clinical trials, however, most people described simply feeling “tender” four hours after the treatment. Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can be used to effectively reduce pain and swelling.
Does Kybella® hurt
Comfort levels vary by guest. If you feel you may be sensitive to injections, you can have your submental area numbed to reduce discomfort. In clinical trials, pain and swelling decreased over subsequent sessions. Pain and swelling can be managed by oral analgesics, topical anesthetics, injectable anesthetics, and ice. Guests who are opposed to injections may want to consider CoolSculpting on the submental area as an alternative.
What are the side effects of Kybella®
While many people are qualified to receive Kybella® injections, you should talk to our Arizona Skin Institute doctor about whether you would be a good candidate. During your consultation, you’ll be asked a series of questions regarding your health history, existing health conditions, allergies and whether or not you may be pregnant, as all of these factors could have an effect on how your body responds to treatment. Kybella® should only be used by adults 18 and over. The best candidates for Kybella® have moderate submental fullness, good skin quality with minimal laxity and are willing and able to follow post-treatment recommendations.