Kybella is the first and only FDA approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, often referred to as a double chin. 79% of patients treated with Kybella reported satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin. Many patients have seen reduced chin fat in 2-4 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.
After evaluation, your doctor will use a tiny needle to place several injections of Kybella directly into the fat under your chin. Ice or lidocaine is used to numb the area prior to injection and treatments are easily tolerated. Some patients report a stinging sensation after treatment that decreases within 15 minutes. Patients may then feel “tender” for a few days. Discomfort has been managed successfully with Tylenol or ibuprofen.
PLEASE NOTE: It is common for the injected area to be noticeably swollen for a few days after injection. This is due to the rapid break down of fat cells which elicits an inflammatory response as your body begins to clean up and remove the destroyed fat cells. In most patients, the swelling greatly subsides in 2-3 days with any residual swelling slowly resolving over the next 2-3 weeks. Do take this into account when you are planning your treatment date. There is no work restriction after injection but many patients wait 2-3 days after treatment to allow any noticeable swelling to subside.
Bruising may also occur after injection. Before treatment, please review the list of medications that contribute to bruising, listed on the link below. It is best to stop these 10-14 days before treatment.
There have been rare cases of difficulty swallowing or injury to the marginal mandibular nerve, which would result in an uneven smile. All of these cases have resolved spontaneously.
Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells and once destroyed they should not return. Several treatments may be needed to get the results you want.