What is Kybella®

Kybella® is a new injectable medication unanimously supported by the FDA’s Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee and recently approved for treatment of moderate to severe submental fat in adults, also known as submental fullness or a double chin.

The new drug is the first non-surgical treatment approved by the agency for this indication. Before FDA approval of Kybella, patients troubled by a double chin could only opt for liposuction or surgery, invasive procedures that are significantly more expensive. The new injectable compound is a patented synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally and aids in metabolism of dietary fat.

Kybella treatments now available at skinMEDx Medical Skin & Aesthetic Center.

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How does Kybella® work?

Submental fat is stored in fat cells that accumulate in the chin area. Kybella® has been described as a “fat-melting” compound, which is not completely accurate. It works by disrupting fat cell membranes, which causes cell destruction. This process is also known as cell “lysis.” When the membrane of the cell is destroyed, the fatty contents are released into the bloodstream and naturally metabolized by the body.

*Individual Results May Vary

Kybella® is the first injection approved in the United States to dissolve fat cells.

Who is a candidate for Kybella® treatment?

Kybella® is approved for adults over the age of 18 who wish to improve the appearance of submental fat deposits. It’s important to see a qualified physician for evaluation, since some patients may have submental fullness that is the result of an enlarged thyroid gland or enlarged lymph nodes and not due to fat. Patients with excessive skin under the chin may not be good candidates.

What to expect with Kybella®

Treatment with Kybella® require injections in the submental region in a single session. Up to six treatments may be required, and they should be administered at intervals of no less than one month apart. Topical numbing medicine and local anesthetics will make the procedure more comfortable. Because this treatment is not invasive, it can be done in the office and should take less than 30 minutes. The recovery time is short when compared to liposuction or surgery, although common post-treatment effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treated region. The treatment does not require maintenance, as destruction of fat cells is permanent. Doctors who participated in the clinical trial say changes will be visible within a few weeks of the first treatment.

*Individual Results May Vary