KYBELLA is an injection treatment used to improve the appearance of fat below the chin. It is the only injectable medicine that is FDA-approved to dissolve fat under the chin to help improve profile and eliminate a double chin.
Deoxycholic acid is the active ingredient of Kybella. It is a molecule that naturally occurs in the body that breaks down and absorbs fat from the diet. Fat cells are destroyed when injected under the chin. The fat cells cannot store any more fat when destroyed.
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.
Everyone’s chin profile is different. The number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your doctor will help determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Each KYBELLA® treatment session is given at least 1 month apart.
Do not receive KYBELLA if you have an infection in the treatment area. Before receiving KYBELLA, tell your healthcare provider about all of 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; have bleeding problems; 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).
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).
The most common side effects of KYBELLA include swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
Injection site problems include bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell death (necrosis) around the injection site.
KYBELLA can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness), trouble swallowing.