As men and women age, fat begins to accumulate in our submental area which causes what is often referred to as a “double chin”. Kybella is a non-surgical treatment that is FDA approved to reduce submental fat helping to eliminate the appearance of a double chin. The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid which is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body and helps to break down and absorb dietary fat. When deoxycholic acid is injected into the treatment area, it destroys fat cells. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. The body will naturally flush away any dead fat cells leaving a contoured, slimmer neck after the procedure.
The procedure will start after your skin is thoroughly cleansed. A local anesthetic will be used in the treatment area to help keep you comfortable during the procedure which usually requires multiple injection sites. A treatment session normally lasts about 20-30 minutes.
Once the treatment is completed, you may return to your normal daily activities. Most patients experience some swelling, bruising and redness following the treatment. These symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks but may last longer. You may also notice some firmness or tenderness in the treatment area. Numbness has also been experienced in some patients. All of these conditions are temporary and gradually resolve by themselves.
The results following Kybella treatments will not be noticeable immediately due to the swelling normally seen after the procedure. It takes a few weeks for the body to flush away the destroyed fat cells. As you undergo additional treatments, the results will gradually become more dramatic. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat within the body.