What is KYBELLA®?

Through aging, genetics or weight loss and gain, many of us develop the “double chin,” which is caused by excess fat in the upper throat area. This can lead to a less defined jawline and chin. Kybella® is the first nonsurgical solution for this problem to be produced. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its active ingredient is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid (DA). It works by dissolving and absorbing fat cells in that area, thus decreasing the amount of fat under the chin, giving you a slimmer neck and tighter jawline. And the results normally last for a few years, if patient did not gain weight.  

Are You A Right Candidate for KYBELLA® treatment?

Dr. Tamim will evaluate you during at your initial consultation and come up with the right treatment plan that fits your needs. The ideal patient for KYBELLA® is someone who has small or moderate excess stubborn fat in the upper neck or under the chin causing the appearance of a double chin or undesired fullness in that area. Patients who cannot achieve their desired cosmetic results by regular exercising and dieting alone can especially benefit from KYBELLA treatments. Patients with large pockets of fat in the neck or under the chin areas may not be the right candidates for KYBELLLA® treatment. Instead, liposuction of the area to remove excess fat may be required.

KYBELLA® Injection Technique

We will start by cleaning your skin to get rid of any oils, or lotions. Numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area before injections. KYBELLA® injections are placed underneath the chin and are typically completed in 30 minutes.  Depending on your condition, a single treatment may be sufficient to achieve the desired results, or sometimes multiple follow-up sessions may be needed and are normally scheduled three weeks apart.

What to Expect

Recovery time is not required after this KYBELLA® injection and you can resume your daily routine after treatment. Typically, patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and numbness under the chin, which last about 2-3 days after treatment. You will have a tighter, slimmer, more defined appearance of the neck and under the chin after the session. Keeping a steady weight and avoiding weight gain is advised after KYBELLA® treatments to help maintain the results.