KYBELLA is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile.
How KYBELLA works?
The active ingredient in KYBELLA is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
How is KYBELLA administered?
At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
How many KYBELLA treatment sessions will I need?
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Each KYBELLA treatment session is given at least 1 month apart, and you should not receive more than 6 treatments.
Will I need time to recover?
After KYBELLA treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin. Be sure to inform your healthcare professional if you develop an uneven smile, facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or injection site problems such as bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), and damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site.
What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA?
KYBELLA can cause serious side effects including:
- Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness)
- Trouble swallowing
- Injection site problems including bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site. Call if you develop open sores or drainage from the treatment area.
The most common side effects of KYBELLA include:
- Swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
What should I tell my doctor before treatment?
Before receiving KYBELLA, disclose all your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin
- Have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin
- Have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area
- Have had or have trouble swallowing
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA will harm your unborn baby)
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA passes into your breast milk)
- Are taking any medications, especially blood thinners