Approved by the FDA as the first and only approved injectable to remove chin fat, Kybella stands to help millions of people who are bothered by excess fat in that area. Chin fat, medically referred to as submental fullness, has traditionally been treatable only with liposuction.
Kybella™ can be a single treatment, but in most individuals requires a series of two to four treatments. Some patients may require up to six treatments to reach their ideal aesthetic. Each treatment is administered one month or more apart.
Results are typically seen within a month after injections. Most patients will need a series of two to four injections to reach their ideal aesthetic goals. Treatments should be spaced at least one month apart.
After the series of treatments and your aesthetic goals are achieved, most patients do not require re-treatment. Once destroyed, the fat cells can no longer accumulate further fat.
The actual injections take about 15-20 minutes. We will have you take an over-the-counter pain reliever one hour before your appointment and come in about 30 minutes prior to your treatment for application of some numbing cream. We will also utilize ice to the area being treated and some local anesthetic in the injectable. After the treatment, ice may be re-applied for 10-15 minutes or as needed to help with discomfort.
Patients should discuss exact medication lists with us and their primary care physician prior to stopping medications, but blood thinners and substances such as aspirin, ibuprofen, alcohol, omegas, flaxseed oil, fish oil, vitamin D3, and vitamin E are typically avoided for three to five days prior to treatment.
Kybella™ is intended for moderate to severe submental fullness/fat in individuals 18 years of age and older. Patients with prominent platysmal bands or excessive skin laxity or looseness may not achieve ideal results.This treatment is not for use in patients who have a history of allergy with mesotherapy, a current or history of dysphagia (trouble swallowing), thyroid abnormalities, or cervical lymphadenopathy. Patients who have received surgical or aesthetic treatments of the submental area within six months should also wait until completely healed. Patients with chin implants should also avoid this treatment.
Most common side effects include injection site edema/swelling, bruising, hematoma, pain, numbness, erythema/redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Rare side effects include difficulty swallowing and nerve injury that may cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.