Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) is a prescription-strength injection used to treat the double chin (submental fat) in adults. Kybella destroys the fat cells that accumulate in the neck. The body then naturally eliminates the fat slowly over a few weeks. Once these cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Kybella injection has been FDA approved for cosmetic use only in the double chin (submental area). Patients may feel a slight burning sensation while the solution is being injected.
The treatment takes about 15 - 20 minutes. Most patients require two to three vials per treatment, but some patients require six vials or more per treatment. Most patients require two to four treatments, but some patients require six treatments or more. Final improvement is assessed twelve weeks after the final treatment. The number of vials and treatments required is an estimate of the amount of Kybella needed to improve the appearance of the double chin.
SIDE EFFECTS OF KYBELLA
Injection-site side effects of Kybella are mild to moderate, temporary and may include the following:
- Areas of hardness
- Temporary or permanent hair loss in the treatment area
- Skin tightness